Health Innovation Fellowship


A closer look at other European Health Innovation Fellowships

We mentioned the invaluable advice from our European colleagues in our first blog post. Time to present them to you.

Currently, the EIT Health Fellowship Network consists of 7 experienced health innovation programme sites across Europe. By experienced we mean that they have successfully trained fellows. BENEFIT is the 8th programme to be launched as part of this network and a 9th programme - in Cologne, Germany - is on the horizon for 2022.

Below is a quick overview of the programmes in our European network. In addition, it is worth looking beyond our network as well (e.g. Australia, Finland, Israel, Japan, … ) since BioDesign programmes are a global phenomenon. The fellows’ experiences will hopefully inspire you to apply for our BENEFIT fellowship.

Fellowship Network EIT Health February 2021

Denmark: BioMedical Design - Novo Nordisk Foundation Fellowship programme
This 10-month programme is run as a cooperation between Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen and is sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
You can also find the programme on Linkedin.

France: FIT4Health
Fit4Health is organised by Sorbonne University and Sorbonne University’s Institute of Technology for Health (IUIS) and sponsored by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. The first fellows graduated in Paris in 2020.

Ireland: BioInnovate
BioInnovate's health technology innovation programme based at NUI Galway, at the heart of Ireland's medtech ecosystem. Now in its 10th year of activity, the programme operates with a host of national and international partners, mentors and stakeholders and can facilitate access to multiple clinical sites to facilitate effective clinical immersion opportunities for its fellows. BioInnovate Ireland's Intrapreneurship programme was developed to address the growing demand for a proven innovation training methodology in the medtech sector and are delivered by a combination of BioInnovate Ireland Fellows, Academics, Clinicians and Industry experts.
You can also find the programme on Linkedin and Twitter.

Portugal: Starship
The Starship programme is a part-time 9-month needs-led innovation programme. It is different from other programmes since it organises pan-European teams who observe in a local setting based on specific challenges that are provided by partner companies.
(Of course, if you speak Dutch, we would like you to apply for our programme :-))

Spain: Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona)
d·HEALTH Barcelona is a 6-month programme that is organised by the colleagues from Moebio - the disruptive talent development initiative of Biocat. Biocat brings together the life sciences and healthcare innovation community in Catalonia.

Sweden: Clinical Innovation Fellowships (CIF)
CIF is an 8-month programme managed by Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE). The programme is located in Stockholm but also organises the programme outside the country (In fact, applications are now open for Egypt).

United Kingdom: Global Insight Fellowship
GIF is run by Oxford Healthtech Labs at the University of Oxford in collaboration with national and international partners. GIF too organises fellowships with an international dimension and has a separate training programme on needs-led innovation called Enterprise Process Labs - High Intensity Training. Oxford Healthtech Labs emerged from Oxford Biodesign which was created in 2015.

In fact, the first BioDesign fellowships at Oxford University were launched by the professor who will now run the BENEFIT programme. More about him later...

Update 1 March 2021: We added some social media links and will continue to add them so check back regularly for an update. Our Linkedin page is online as well. Hope to see you there!