European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships (EuropeAid HQ)

Action Grants to Create a ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’

Last update: Nov 23, 2022 Last update: 23 Nov, 2022


Location: EU 27 EU 27
Contracting Authority Type: Development Institution
Status: Awarded
Budget: Euro 1,800,000
Award ceiling: N/A
Award floor: N/A
Sector: Health
Eligible applicants: Unrestricted / Unspecified
Eligible nationalities: Anguilla, Aruba, Austria, Azores ... See more Anguilla, Aruba, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French Southern Territory, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Helena, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Sweden, Turks and Caicos, Wallis and Futuna
Date posted: 14 Oct, 2021

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Call Updates

Oct 26, 2022 11:38:58 AM

A total of 55 proposals have been submitted in response to this call.

  • EU4H-2021-PJ-12: 2 proposals

Oct 14, 2021 12:00:00 AM

The submission session is now available for: EU4H-2021-PJ-12

Action grants to create a ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’

TOPIC ID: EU4H-2021-PJ-12

Programme: EU4 Health Programme (EU4H)
Work programme part: EU4H-2021
Call: Project grants wave 2 (EU4H-2021-PJ2)
Work programme year: EU4H-2021
Type of action: EU4H-PJG EU4H Project Grants
Type of MGA: EU4H Action Grant Budget-Based [EU4H-AG]
Deadline model: single-stage
Opening date: 14 October 2021
Deadline date: 25 January 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time

Topic description
ExpectedOutcome:POLICY CONTEXT

Evidence shows that cancer survivors often report difficulties in communicating with oncologists, general practitioners and nurses, and to establish a link with social services, which can be of particular importance to reduce the risk of negative quality-of-life outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative to develop interventions to improve communication between survivors, health and social care providers. The action will be implemented taking into account the assumption that communication between patients and clinicians embraces three core attributes of ‘patient-centered’ care: (1) consideration of patients’ needs, perspectives, and individual experiences; (2) provision of opportunities to patients to participate in their care (‘self-management’); and (3) enhancement of the patient-clinician-nursing relationship.

This action supports the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan objective to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, survivors and carers and links with the European Health Data Space and the European Cancer Patient Digital Centre, and implements the EU4Health Programme’s general objective of improving and fostering health in the Union (Article 3, point (a)) through the specific objectives defined in Article 4, points (a), (f) and (g) of Regulation (EU) 2021/522.


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.

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 co-creation, piloting, promotion, and use of the ‘Cancer Survivor Smart Card’ is expected to improve patient-centred communication between cancer survivors and health and social care providers, through the wide use of communication tools and the application of new approaches to communication to improve quality of life, promote healing and reduce suffering.

This is likely to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, including that of children and young cancer survivors, through dissemination of best practices on issues such as psychological support, self-management, pain management and professional re-integration. The action will also facilitate the portability and the sharing of data from medical records.

The action will ensure a shared and equal access to high-quality information and data, and best practices for cancer survivors across the Union. No country can reach the same results alone, in particular considering that survivorship is still an area that requires additional evidence-based information, and that a shared approach will ensure the improvement of the quality of life of cancer survivors.


Participants in the action have to regularly report on the progress of the development, delivery and usability of the Card.


Applicants must include data on the following indicators in their regular reporting activities in case of award, and must be prepared to include additional specific indicators where needed:

Number of participants involved to pilot the Cancer Survivor Smart Card (breakdown per country, gender and socioeconomic status).
Estimated number of people who indicated that the Card has improved the communication with their health and social care providers (breakdown per country, gender and socioeconomic status).
Number of supportive (online) materials for cancer survivors produced and disseminated (breakdown per breakdown per country and target group).
Number of (validated) best practices identified, collected and shared.

Call Updates

Oct 26, 2022 11:38:58 AM

A total of 55 proposals have been submitted in response to this call.

  • EU4H-2021-PJ-12: 2 proposals

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