Berlin - The funding from the Innovation Fund at the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) continues to be very popular. In response to its most recent funding announcements in the field of health services research, the committee received more than 200 applications for research projects. The G-BA announced this now.
On October 20, 2017, he published three funding announcements for health services research. Half of the project applications submitted by the February 20th cut-off date focus on the topic of “patient safety, quality assurance and promotion”, followed by “special care situations”. Significantly fewer applications related to the other two subject areas “Development of care structures and concepts” and “Measurement of the quality of results”. The innovation committee received four applications for the funding announcement “Evaluation of the Guideline on the Early Detection of Cancer Diseases, Early Detection Examinations for Skin Cancer” and one application for the “Evaluation of Selective Contracts”.
After the applications have been assessed by the Expert Advisory Board, the Innovation Committee is expected to be in the Autumn decide which projects will be financially supported.
The innovation fund was set up by politicians with the. Ultimately, his goal is the qualitative further development of care in statutory health insurance in Germany.
The available funding amounts to 300 million euros annually from 2016 to 2019. 225 million euros are earmarked for funding new forms of care and 75 million euros for health services research. The funds for the fund are borne by the statutory health insurance companies and the health fund.
However, it is already becoming apparent that the innovation fund will be continued beyond 2019, albeit possibly with reduced budget. At least that is evident from the coalition agreement between the CDU, CSU and SPD. “We will continue the innovation fund through 2019 with volume of 200 million euros annually. We want to ensure that successful care approaches are quickly transferred to standard care, ”it says there (). In addition, the Federal Ministry of Health should also be able to set up its own model projects in the future.