Action grants to create a ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

EU4Health Programme 2021-2027

Programme Description

The Programme aims to improve and promote health in the Union to reduce the burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases by:

  • protecting people from serious cross-border health threats
  • improving the availability, accessibility and affordability of medicines, medical devices and other crisis-related products in the EU
  • strengthening national health systems
Programme Details

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Action grants to create a ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’


The aim of the action is to improve the quality of life and health status of cancer survivors, and to address their potential needs through the development and support for the wide use of new approaches to communication.

Detailed Call Description

A ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’ will link with a ’resource’ function to give access to best practices, guidelines and recommendations specifically targeted to cancer survivors, with a view to helping them to address or to connect with professionals in different areas, to deal with the most common issues that survivors face, such as insufficient management of late and long-term effects of treatment, unmet psychosocial needs, self-management, pain management, and issues related to rehabilitation, emotional distress, tumour recurrence and metastatic disease.

The action will support the development, delivery and usability of a personalised ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’ by 2022. The smart card, in the form of an interoperable portable eCard or app, will store certain information related to the monitoring and follow-up of the survivor, including the survivor’s clinical history and follow-up. The smart card will allow connection with the health professionals responsible for the individual’s follow-up, including the survivor’s general practitioner, to improve healthcare provider and survivor communication on the survivor’s worries, questions and other matters of relevance to improve the survivor’s quality of life. The action will involve patients’ groups and health and social care providers, in order to apply a participatory and co-creative approach to help with the development of the tool, and to coach a group of ‘card-users’ to pilot the smart card’s usage once it has been developed, in preparation for the wider application phase.
The action will be implemented taking into account the assumption that communication between patients and clinicians embraces three core attributes of ‘patient-centered’ care:

  • consideration of patients’ needs, perspectives, and individual experiences;
  • provision of opportunities to patients to participate in their care (‘self-management’);
  • enhancement of the patient-clinician-nursing relationship.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Applicants can apply for a higher project funding rate (maximum 80%) if your project is of ‘exceptional utility’.

Thematic Categories

  • Health

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • International Organisations
  • NGOs
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Private Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible for funding, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies) created under Union law or an international organisation, or
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories linked to it (OCTs)
    • eligible non-EU countries: EEA countries and countries associated to the EU4Health Programme (third countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries, neighbourhood countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Ministry of Health, Department of European Affairs


(Publish Date: 29/10/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

Telephone: +32 2 298 46 80


Telephone: +32 2 298 39 78