Collaborate with EFIC
Include EFIC as a partner in your research consortia/grant applications
Effective communication of results and societal/clinical impact are increasingly emphasised by research funding bodies. EFIC can help your research project achieve this and more through doing the following:
- Communicate your research project results and updates via EFIC’s online communication channels – social media, mailing list, website
- Produce and share video interviews about your research
- Host open webinars on your research
- Connect you to the programme organisers for our scientific meetings, where you may be offered the opportunity to showcase your research
- Provide access to our database of 20,000 clinicians and researchers, including for survey participation.
- Recruit subject matter experts through our ‘Pain Scientist Network’
- Patient and public involvement; Involve = patients and other stakeholders in your research through our strong links with patients’ organisations and experience in lay-audience communication
- Boost your network through engaging with our established connections with scientific societies, industry, patients’ organisations and policy makers.
If you are applying for a grant or hoping to form a pain research consortium, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how EFIC could contribute.
Choose EFIC as a secondment location for your Marie Curie fellowship
EFIC – as a non-academic organisation – provides a wonderful opportunity for young pain researchers to develop important transferable skills, and be exposed to activities, that are generally not a large part of the traditional academic environment. In particular, you have the opportunity to reach individuals in the non-academic sector, such as policy makers, politicians, clinicians, insurance companies and pain advocacy groups in Europe. In a 3-6 month secondment here, you will have to the opportunity to achieve the following:
- Communicate your research project results via EFIC’s online communication channels
- Play a key role in EFIC’s communications team and guide its science-based communication approach
- Participate in the planning and project management of educational events
- Lead webinars and interviews with renowned pain researchers
- Engage with senior pain researchers to boost your networks
- Participate in advocacy work – understanding the policy process and how to influence it
- Get to know how a non-profit and non-academic organisation is managed
If you are applying for a Marie Curie fellowship and are interested in including a secondment with EFIC, please contact email@example.com for more information.
To find out more, read the testimonial of Mary O’Keeffe who did a secondment with EFIC in 2020 here.
Please find more information and updates on our current collaborations below.
Project name: IMI-Pain Care
Project description: IMI-PainCare is a large multi-stakeholder consortium funded via the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 programme, which receives funding from the European Commission and the pharmaceutical industry. IMI-PainCare aims to develop alignment on patient reported outcomes used in pain research, identification of biomarkers for pain, and the refinement of preclinical models for improved translational pain research. Find out more about the project here.
News from IMI-Pain Care
IMI PainCare: Update on INTEGRATE-Pain
Update on the progress of IMI-PainCare, a public-private partnership supported by the European Union to improve the care of patients with acute or chronic pain. EFIC is one of about 40 partners of this consortium (www.imi-paincare.eu): INTEGRATE-Pain...
“The Future of European Pain Research” in the European Parliament, March 2023
The Future of Pain Research in Europe Chronic pain is the number one reason why people seek healthcare, accounting for over 50% of sickness absences and 60% of permanent disabilities in Europe alone Pain research in Europe is making important strides; however,...
IMI PainCare: Event in the European Parliament, 21 March 2023
Cristian Silviu Busoi MEP and Alex Agius Saliba MEP invite you to a panel discussion on The Future of European Pain Research Tuesday, 21 March 2023 - 11:15-12:50 CET European Parliament – JAN 6Q1 Featuring experts from the European Pain Federation EFIC and...
Project name: Comorbidity of cHronic Pain and mood disorders: breaking the vicious cYcle (HaPpY)
Project description: HaPpY is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded via the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 budget. HaPpY aims to create an optimal environment for the training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to break the vicious cycle linking chronic pain and mood disorders.
News from HaPpY
Pain and Mental Health: European Mental Health Week
European Mental Health Week organised by Mental Health Europe takes place from May 9-13 2022. The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in our everyday lives. The theme for the 2022 week is ‘Speak up for mental health’, and highlights how...
The HaPpY Project: Welcoming Early Stage Researcher Alba María Diego
The European Pain Federation EFIC is delighted to announce that Early Stage Researcher Alba María Diego will be joining the team for the next 3 months as part of her PhD training program. This doctoral program is also part of the HaPpY project, of which EFIC is a...
Calling all Early Stage Researchers: Join the HaPpY Network!
Are you an early stage researcher looking to advance your knowledge in chronic pain and/or mood disorders? Then apply for one of 15 positions in the HaPpY network! HaPpY's ambitious endeavor is to break the vicious cycle linking pain and mood disorders. To respond to...
EIT Health Wild Card 2021 Pain Management call
Project name: EIT Health Wild Card 2021 Pain Management call
Project description:EIT Health is a public private partnership funded via the European Commission, bringing together scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, clinicians and others to foster innovative research and business proposals based on new technologies. The Wildcard programme establishes multidisciplinary teams who are asked to develop a project between them, pitch it to experts and, if chosen, develop a business plan and eventually launch with start-up funding. In 2021 Pain Management was chosen as one of two topics.
EIT Health Wild Card 2021: project update
The aim of the EIT-Health Wildcard programme is to bring together scientists, clinicians, engineers, entrepreneurs, and business experts to develop new innovations to tackle healthcare challenges. Multidisciplinary project teams are formed and ideas are developed....
Value of Treatment – Chronic Pain
Project name: Value of Treatment – Chronic Pain
Project description: The Value of Treatment project is managed by the European Brain Council with financial support from Grunenthal and Pfizer. The project aims to develop a robust health economic assessment of multimodal chronic pain treatment, with input from patients, researchers and clinicians. The project aims to identify the ideal care pathways for various pain types and the socioeconomic impacts of adequate treatment.
Project name: INTERACT-EUROPE
Project description: INTERACT-EUROPE is a large multistakeholder project bringing together 33 partners from 17 countries. It aims to develop a European inter-specialty cancer training programme involving all main oncology disciplines and professions, cancer centres and patient groups, based on relevant needs assessments. It is co-funded by the EU under the EU4Health programme 2021-2027, as part of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.
Click here to download a presentation explaining the project.
EFIC’s role in the project: EFIC’s key role is communication and dissemination. EFIC will provide strategic communication advice and lead on content development including webinars, lay summaries, infographics, and newsletters. This will ensure the project results are communicated to the wider scientific community, general public, and policymakers.
Project name: smartCARE
Project description: smartCARE: Improving Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life is a 24-month project funded under the EU4Health programme 2021-2027 which brings together 41 partners. It aims to develop a ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’ – in the form of a mobile application – to improve the quality of life and health status of cancer survivors.
EFIC’s role in the project: EFIC is a consultative partner on the project and our main role is to provide scientific input on the user needs and advise on the piloting stages.
Website: coming soon
Project name: PANACEA
Project description: PANACEA is a three-year project funded under the European Erasmus+ programme and aims to contribute to reducing the gap between placebo/nocebo scientific evidence and clinical practice of the future, i.e., higher education students in medicine and nursing, and of today healthcare professionals.
EFIC’s role in the project: EFIC will be responsible for 1. collecting information from clinical practice experience, 2. organizing a symposium where experts can share their expertise and opinions about the management of placebo and nocebo effect in clinical practice, and 3. supervising the planning of the main dissemination events.
Website: coming soon
Kick-off Meeting for “PANACEA: Special Needs by Placebo”
Earlier this year, EFIC Research Projects Advisor Mary O'Keeffe attended the kick-off meeting for “PANACEA: Special Needs by Placebo: Programme to Advise, Normalize And Control its European Administration” in Madrid, where the project structure and plan were discussed...
Please find more information on past collaborations below.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship – Mary O’Keeffe