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"A Survey of the European cardiovascular research landscape and recommendations for future research strategy"

The ESC project entitled “A Survey of the European cardiovascular research landscape and recommendations for future research strategy (CardioScape)”, is an 18-month project funded by the European Union FP7 research programme.


CardioScape aims to outline the current Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) research and innovation landscape across Europe.

The project objectives include:
  • Survey research activities and funding for cardiovascula (CV) research, both public and private, at national and European level
  • Create a CV research and funding database based on the survey results
  • Summarise existing research and funding landscape for current state-of-the-art CV research
  • Assess and identify gaps, strengths and weaknesses and opportunities in European CV research by expert analysis
  • Develop and draft a final report to outline proposed recommendations and strategy for CV research in Europe.

The development of recommendations for the final report will involve not only the European cardiology community but also stakeholders from the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, universities and medical research organisations, policy makers, hospitals and care organisations.

The overall work plan strategy can be represented by the following work package (WP) breakdown:

  • Project management and reporting (WP1)
  • Information collection through a targeted questionnaire campaign (WP2)
  • Data processing and creation of CVD research and funding database (WP3)
  • Evaluation of EU and national funding landscapes (WP4)
  • Information Analysis and outline of existing CVD research landscape (WP5)
  • Recommendations for an improved future research strategy (WP6)
  • Dissemination of project results (WP7)

The ESC, with its overriding mission “to reduce the burden of CVD in Europe”, is ideally positioned to perform the CardioScape coordinator role. The PNO Group, an independent, pan-European innovation management and grant funding consultancy will bring its expertise to WP4 and WP7.

The Steering Group is chaired by Professor Frans Van de Werf, also chair of the ESC European Affairs Committee. Professor David Wood acts as the Scientific Coordinator.


European Society
of Cardiology

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