FOREUM Call for research proposals on E-Health

E-Health: The World Health Organisation defines eHealth as the cost-effective and secure use of information and communications technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge, and research. The rapid development of user-friendly technologies and diverse interfaces between patients and health care professionals continues to increase the impact that eHealth has on the delivery of health care in different fields of medicine including that of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs). While promising and exciting, there are enormous challenges to ensure that E-health makes health care more efficient and more responsive to people's needs and expectations, for instance due to unequal access to the use of technology.

FOREUM seeks to support projects that focus on stimulating application-driven research and innovations that allow to improve both individual and population health of people living with RMDs (for instance via personalized treatment approaches). This call is about the impactful integration of technology into care for people living with RMDs and not about the development of new hard- or software. Projects will also be evaluated for sustainability in long-term patient care.

We therefore call for projects that aim to help those living with RMDs to

  • gain insight into their own health, related to daily functioning and (inter)related determinants.
  • manage their health and daily functioning.
  • contribute to health research (i.e., citizen science) using health (related) data.

We welcome projects that innovate the research area of E-health in RMDs by including several of the following dimensions:

  • making health care more efficient and resilient, and decrease health care costs e.g., by enhanced communication possibilities and direct patient involvement.
  • reflecting on ethical challenges and issues associated with information collection, sharing and privacy.
  • increasing evidence-based approaches and concepts to E-health tools and interventions.
  • using E-health approaches to empower the people living with RMD in their self-management as well as health care providers to have optimal access to information for decision-making and strategy definition.
  • providing novel tools for education of underserved areas in the RMD healthcare ecosystem.
  • enabling better access to optimal care and information for underserved people living with RMDs, in particular those facing socio-demographic or geographic challenges.
  • building new relationships between health professionals and/or people living with RMDs in a next generation partnership that supports optimal shared decision making.
  • stimulating initiatives to make E-health accessible to all persons living with RMDs e.g., by optimizing E-health approaches and technologies for those persons that live with disability and limitations.


Call text

Application forms:

Letter of Intent
Lay Summary

Call timeline - Closed

  • Call issue: 26 September 2022
  • Closing date for Letter of intent: 06 November 2022
  • Decisions on Letter of intent announced:  13 February 2023
  • Closing date for full proposals: 11 April 2023
  • Decisions on full proposals announced: 03 July 2023