I3HIES project

The main objective of I3HIES is to focus on healthcare innovation ecosystems to achieve the desired healthcare sector effectiveness and to boost and sustain efficient international collaboration among relevant quadruple helix innovation actors.

Project date: 01. 11. 2023 – 31. 10. 2025

Europe has long been a centre of excellence for high-quality healthcare and still has the potential to be a global hub for research and development in health. What is needed for that, is to build up a long-term, collaborative, interregional ecosystem that supports and incentivises R&D and stable long-term partnerships.

The focus:

The I3HIES project will focus on health innovation ecosystems to achieve the desired efficacy of the healthcare sector and will boost and sustain efficient international collaboration of the relevant quadruple helix innovation actors. The 9 partners (from Hungary, Austria, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) will specially focus on 3 thematic focus areas: i) medical devices, ii) emergency equipment and iii) MDR (Medical Device Regulation) compliance.

Specific objectives:

  • SO1 Accelerate the development of validated innovation investments in the thematic focus areas of the project,
  • SO2 Enhance interregional cooperation and participation in EU value chains,


  • Community building (improved business climate for competitive ecosystems; identified and integrated active innovation support intermediaries; identified I3 instrument related value chain & investment pipelines based on mapping and benchmarking.
  • Front end discovery (developed innovation infrastructure with identified areas and topics for innovation diffusion policy measures for investments; tested tools for mapping supply-side competencies; increased innovation capacity of the ecosystems).
  • Business case design (developed business cases ready to apply for the I3 instrument calls).
  • Preparation for funding (increased capacities of companies to participate in I3 Instrument projects, identification of competitive regional products and services for interregional and EU level value chains).