Project Duration: May 2023 to May 2026
Cancer healthcare, research and innovation face core common challenges, such as fragmentation of initiatives and distancing from important stakeholders, requiring coordinated solutions. These challenges are recognized in Horizon Europe’s Cancer Mission Implementation Plan and in Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
The proposal Establishing of Cancer Mission Hubs: Networks and Synergies (ECHoS) represents a unique opportunity to coordinate R&I and Healthcare actions on cancer with policy-making processes creating transnational communication & collaboration networks aligned with Cancer Mission objectives. Experiences show that the setup and implementation of innovative health solutions are more likely to be successful when a broad range of stakeholders and decision-makers from the public and private sectors are part of the process. By fostering the creation of National Cancer Mission Hubs (NCMHs) in member states and associated countries, ECHoS will create the conditions for organized stakeholders and individual citizens to collaborate and engage in policy dialogues. Implementing the Cancer Mission objectives will promote more resilient and people-centric healthcare and research systems.
ECHoS will produce:
- General models and guidelines for the creation of sustainable NCMHs
- A knowledge exchange programme to support the development of NCMHs competences
- Impact models and training sets to help efficiently engage with distinct stakeholders
- A toolkit for synergies to help NCMH engage in collaborative work with individual European Initiatives
- A business continuity model envisaging long-term sustainability of an EU network of NCMHs
- A calendar of events to create awareness of NCMHs and to help close the gap in citizens’ participation in cancer policy
In summary, ECHoS will create conditions for NCMHs to be Mission Cancer advocates in Member States/AC and set the pace for developing a transnational network of NCMHs in a second phase. The project is led by Agencia de Investigação Clínica e Inovação Biomédica (AICIB).
Within ECHoS, ECO will be an associated partner, supporting WP5 on Future EU network of National Cancer Mission HUBs – Design Study, in the remit of developing strategies/roadmaps and implementing them for the creation of transnational European National Cancer Mission Hubs. Additional support is envisioned in connecting stakeholders, facilitating communication and collaborations.