CHERRIES launches a new webinar series – Shaping Responsible Healthcare Systems in Europe

This year, the CHERRIES project is putting together a brand new webinar series focusing on shaping responsible healthcare ecosystems in Europe. This series contains three webinars, each highlighting a different partner region. All sessions take place in October 2021. To find out more about each individual webinar, visit our events page.

What is the rationale of our webinar series?

Challenge-based innovation processes, used in e.g., open innovation, functional procurement, hackathon etc., have become increasingly popular during the last years and are also core of the experiments conducted in the CHERRIES project. The RRI experiments in CHERRIES are in fact based on demand-driven and open innovation approaches that should address the emerging and unmet needs of the health care sector at territorial level in order to build more equitable and more socially “porous” healthcare systems for the health and benefits of all the citizens within each territory. To discuss all these, CHERRIES, is organising a series of webinars highlighting the case of each partner region in the framework of the 19th European Week for Region and Cities, where the webinar series features as side events.

Why should you join?

“Shaping responsible healthcare ecosystems in Europe“ CHERRIES webinar series 2021 aims at showcasing the policy experiments in the healthcare sector held in three European territories of Murcia (ES), Örebro (SE) and the Republic of Cyprus (CY). Designed as a peer learning opportunity, the three sessions will focus on the CHEEIRES regions to present the territorial innovation ecosystems, their stakeholders and the way CHERRIES methodology is implemented in each specific context. We will also learn about some preliminary results and impact on the regional innovation policies.

These webinars are thought for a diverse audience, including academic players, innovation-active actors, intermediary organizations, and regional and health policy actors. Each session (1 hour) will see the participation of an expert on regional innovation policies and/or RRI to provide some general comments on the presented case.

How can you register?

By accessing the links below you can register to one of the sessions highlighting the respective CHERRIES partner region:

This webinar series also offers participants, particularly to stakeholders from other European regions,  the perfect opportunity understand and explore how the CHERRIES methodology could be applied in their specific context and consider the opportunity to apply to become a CHERRIES Mirror Region.

If you have any questions about the webinar series contact our team at To find out more about each individual webinar, visit our events page.



If you missed the CHERRIES webinar Series 2021, we have recorded it for you.



Focus on Cyprus, 11th October 2021


Focus on Murcia, 18th October 2021


Focus on Örebro, 25th October 2021


Örebro launches a second call for solutions

Exciting news from the Region of  Örebro! In the framework of the CHERRIES project, Örebro has launched a second call for solutions to their challenge of “Breaking and preventing involuntary loneliness among elderly”.  If you are interested, make sure you submit your application by the deadline of 25th November.

Following the CHERRIES model, the Region of  Örebro has identified involuntary loneliness among the elderly as a key challenge facing their healthcare ecosystem. As such,  they are now on the look out for projects using social innovation to apply themselves to piloting solutions that answer to this challenge.

The selected project will receive the support of the CHERRIES community and receive up to 31 500 € to develop their solution over a period of 8 months.

To find out more about this call for solution, visit our page outlining the call details & the application process.


Join the CHERRIES Community!

Have you heard? We are looking for regions interested to uptake our validated co-creation CHERRIES model. Find out more about our Call for Mirror Regions!

Key information:

  • Apply before November 12th , 2021.
  • Want a trial? Send us your draft before November 5th , 2021.

CHERRIES is a new European project based on a model where civil society, healthcare organizations and companies co-create healthcare solutions. They receive the economic support of regional funds, and the business advice of eHealth experts Regions that are interested in this model can receive free coaching.

Open call at a glance:

  • Economic support: The 3 selected Mirror Regions chosen will receive a session of coaching to be held in Brussels if the pandemic allows physical meetings. All travel expenses would be covered by the CHERRIES project.
  • Application deadline: November 12th , 2021.
  • Who can apply?Regional consortiums integrated by territorial stakeholders involved or interested in embedding the RRI practices in territorial innovation policies and instruments – not necessarily in the health sector only. The Community will be open for R&I actors from outside Europe, so to facilitate a global exchange of practises
  • Language: Application forms can only be filled in English.
  • Evaluation criteria: commitment, motivation, representation and regional impact

How to be part of the CHERRIES community? Follow the steps below:

Candidate regions are to submit the proposal in a Consortium that replicates the same constellation of stakeholders defined in the CHERRIES model, this is stakeholder dealing with business support, regional development, public bodies with a sectorial approach, among others.

STEP 1: Build the Consortium

Identify in your region the key stakeholders that will be able a) to identify need in a concrete sector with the involvement of the civil society; b) to allocate the regional funding to work on the action and c) to support the cocreation process between solution providers and the organisations identifying the need.

STEP 2: Fill in the form provided in the call

Provide as much information as possible in the form designed to gather your proposal. Pay special attention to

  • The Consortium’s capacity to mobilise regional actors covering the different aspects of the call with particular attention to civil society engagement and other RRI principles
  • The feasibility to commit public funding to carry out the activities needed to identify and address the challenge (i.e., public funding, regional structural funds, etc.).
  • The commitment to implement the CHERRIES methodology, to actively participate in both online and offline meetings and get implicated in the implementation process together with those activities developed beyond the project lifespan.

STEP 3: Submit your proposal in time

Send in your proposal before the 12 of November.

Interested? Then click here to find out more and apply by November 12th , 2021.