Big Data in Health

A Study on Big Data in Public Health, Telemedicine and Healthcare, financed by the Commission’s Health Programme, has been published last week.

In the context of this study, “big data in health” refers to large routinely or automatically collected datasets, which are electronically captured and stored. Using Big Data in health has many potential benefits. It may contribute to, for example, increasing the effectiveness and quality of treatments available for patients, widening possibilities for disease prevention by identifying risk factors at population, subpopulation, and individual levels, improving pharmacovigilance and patient safety, and reducing inefficiency and waste.

It identifies examples of the use of Big Data in Health, and puts forward recommendations covering 10 relevant fields: awareness raising, education and training, data sources, open data and data sharing, applications and purposes, data analysis, governance of data access and use, standards, funding and financial resources, and legal and privacy aspects.

Download the study here.

Do you have an innovative project with a focus on technology transfer between Health and AeroSpace, Agri-Food, ICT sectors?

ACTTiVAte offers direct funding to innovative SME projects.

ACTTiVAte will mainly focus on electrochemical sensing, microencapsulation, enzymatic based detection systems, electrochemical sensors, processes based on microorganisms, 3D bio-printing systems, big data network for anonymous health system records or nutritional software.



Copernicus ‘Internationalisation of European Earth Observation companies Workshop’ Report, available now!

Last 22 november took place the Copernicus Internationalisation of European Earth Observation companies Workshop in Brussels. Final report and presentations are now available.

The European Commission (EC), which is responsible for the Copernicus programme, has initiated actions with the twofold objective of supporting Copernicus user uptake and gathering user requirements for the Next Generation of the Copernicus Space Component (CSC).

The objective of this specific workshop was to discuss opportunities, challenges and critical needs of European EO companies, in particular SMEs, to expand their business outside the EU, and to provide information on dedicated tools and initiatives available in support to internationalisation.

The workshop covered:

 Opportunities for internationalisation of EO companies linked to the Copernicus international strategy
 EU industry perspectives
 European support to SME internationalisation (with a special focus on support instruments)
 Other Pan-European initiatives
 SME expectations

103 people registered for the workshop and around 90 attended.

You can download the final report and the presentations here


Important benefits for Agriculture from the Copernicus Space EC Program

ACTTiVAte can support the use of satellite technology in agriculture with its SME financing program to be launched in April 2017.

The images and data from a constellation of satellites and in-situ components are used by a wide range of economic sectors with applications in precision farming, civil protection and insurance, oil & gas exploration, meteorology or urban monitoring, to name just a few.

Sales of data, value added services and applications related to Earth Observation, are undergoing a remarkable growth with an average annual rate of more than 13%.

The close link between satellite images and the wider geo-information products sector reinforces the strength of these downstream markets.

The increasingly central role of Big Data is leading to the downstream development of commercial activities.

Copernicus Market Report

The European Commission recently completed a large-scale study which examined the overall impact of the Copernicus programme on the European economy and its benefits for the space industry, the downstream sector and end-users. The results of this exercise are published today in the first Copernicus Market Report.

Building on the outcomes of previous studies and on interviews with more than 140 people representing institutional stakeholders as well as the private sector, from micro to large companies, the Market Report quantifies the benefits generated by Copernicus and shows that a Copernicus-enabled ecosystem is emerging.

Download the report here


Source: European Cluster Observatory 2012

ACTTiVAte project promoting Value Chain Innovation and Reconfiguration

Industrial value chains are increasingly being reconfigured as a result of cross-border or cross-sectoral collaboration. This is because today, innovation is likely to occur at the borderlines between different industries and sectors and it is the facilitation and acceleration of new combinations along and across value chains that represents a major source for potential innovation and growth for enterprises, specially for SMEs.

Radical innovationis not required to be disruptive and value chain innovation can be equally effective, when an innovation is brought from one sector into another. So, the specific innovation must not always be new to the world, but can come from the adaptation and testing of its application in a new context.

The ACTTiVAte Project will foster this kind of cross sectoral collaboration to help SMEs develop Emerging Industries, configure new value chains and access new markets.

Analysis of the dynamics of technology transfer in regions and clusters involved in the ACTTiVAte Project

Participate in ACTTiVAte’s Survey Form

Please click in the link below and help us by participating in the survey Analysis of the dynamics of technology transfer in regions and clusters involved in the ACTTiVAte Project


The main objective of this survey is to carry out the following analyses:
  • Demand and supply of technologies sought and offered by the companies – participants of clusters
  • Current practices and scale of technology transfer within and between the clusters involved in the project
  • Identification of factors that facilitate or hinder technology transfer as well as the current and preferred forms and procedures for technology transfer, with a particular emphasis on cooperation between clusters (currently applied/ preferred technology transfer methodologies).



ACTTiVAte announces website launch

ACTTiVAte announces today the launch of its website. This site offers quick and easy access to essential information and features while offering a comprehensive understanding of the project´s value proposition and overall objectives. The website also offers updated information on news and press releases, project status and consortium members.

Most importantly, the site will allow SMEs to review calls for proposal that could be interesting for them to apply for funding.

The website has a clean, intuitive and user-friendly design and will be updated on a regular basis to provide the latest updates, rich content and relevant information.




ACTTiVAte kick of meeting

ACTTiVAte Project at INNOSUP-1 KOM

On September 12th and 13th 2016, several representatives from the ACTTiVAte project attended the INNOSUP-1 Kick Off Meeting held in Brussels by EASME.

The meeting successfully served to set financial, administrative and operational guidelines, present the European Commission policy background and its cluster-related initiatives, meet with other INNOSUP project representatives and lay the ground for a successful project execution that will lead to the development new cross-sectoral industrial value chains across the EU, by building upon the innovation potential of SMEs.