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Further International Research Projects

Apart from the Global Health Programme of the German Ministry of Health, the German biosecurity programme and the European Medical Corps, the Robert Koch Institute is involved in many other international research projects and co-operations, such as:

BRIDGE Health – European Core Health Indicators Monitoring

Logo of BRIDGEHEALTHEvidence-based public health policy needs solid data and health information derived from valid and comparable sources. The European Community Health Indicators (ECHI) initiative responded to the European Commission’s call to establish a set of public health indicators for the EU. In previous EU-funded projects (ECHI-1, ECHI-2, ECHIM-1, ECHIM-JA), a core set of public health indicators was developed, and its implementation was initiated.


COMPARE – Collaborative Management Platform for detection and Analyses of (Re-) emerging and foodborne outbreaks in Europe

Logo COMPARECOMPARE is a large EU project with the intention to speed up the detection of and response to disease outbreaks among humans and animals world­wide through the use of new genome tech­nology.


EHIS – European Health Interview Survey

The European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) aims at measuring on a harmonised basis and with a high degree of comparability among MS the health status (including disability), health determinants (including environment) and use and limitations in access to health care services of the EU citizens.


EMERGE – Efficient response to highly dangerous and emerging pathogens at EU level

EMERGE Logo. Source: RKIEMERGE is an EU funded Joint Action (JA), CHAFEA n° 677 066, coordinated by the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Germany, and carried out in close cooperation with 35 Associated Partners and 3 Collaborating Partners from 25 European countries.This Joint Action started in June 2015 and is running for 36 months, Total costs: 5.833.423 €, EU contribution: 3.500.054 €.


EMLab – European Mobile Laboratory Project

Logo EMLabThe European Mobile Laboratory (EMLab) is a special lab for highly-pathogenic viruses that can be erected and operated quickly in outbreak areas. The necessary deployment and logistics are coordinated by the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg. Several European institutes are involved in the project, including the Robert Koch Institute.



Logo of the EuroBioTox projectThe EU project EuroBioTox (European programme for the establishment of validated procedures for the detection and identification of biological toxins) will develop and validate improved analytical tools, reagents and standard operating procedures based on realistic incident scenarios involving biological toxins. The project is coordinated by RKI.


ESTICOM – European Surveys and Trainings to Improve MSM Community Health

Logo of the project ESTICOMThe project combines three objectives: a European online survey among men who have sex with men (MSM; EMIS 2017); an online survey about practices, knowledge, attitudes and training needs of community health workers (CHW) who provide counselling, testing, and psychosocial care and support for MSM in EU countries (ECHOES); development and pilot testing of a training programme for MSM-focused community health workers intended to be adaptable for all EU countries.


EVAg – European Virus Archive goes global

Logo EVAgEVAg is a non profit organisation that mobilises a global network with expertise in virology to collect, amplify characterize, standardize, authenticate, distribute, track collect viruses and derived products.


EVD-Lab Net – Emerging Viral Diseases-Expert Laboratory Network

Logo EVD-Lab NetEVD-LabNet creates and maintains a (pro)-active and flexible network of European expert laboratories that are involved in patient diagnostics, and that support Public Health activities in liaison with research activities of (re)emerging viral diseases. The network continues the earlier collaboration "ENIVD".


GBD – Global Burden of Disease Studie

The framework of GBD was jointly developed by the WHO, the World Bank and the Harvard School of Public Health in the early 1990s with the aim to permit a first comprehensive and comparable evaluation of population health for all countries of the world. The possibility to compare disease burden over time and between countries provides valuable insights into intervention successes, failures as well as unfinished agendas and can also highlight emerging health threats.


Health 2020 – European Health Policy Framework

Logo of World Health Organization EuropeHealth 2020 is the new European health policy framework. It aims to support action across government and society to: “significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality”.


I-MOVE+ – Integrated Monitoring of Vaccines in Europe

Logo of the project I-MOVE+I-MOVE+ has received a grant (May 2015 - Oct 2018) from the European Commission (H2020) to identify, pilot test, use, and disseminate the best study designs to measure, in near real time the effectiveness and impact of vaccines used in the elderly population to prevent influenza and pneumococcal infections.


NoDARS – Northern Dimension Antibiotic Resistance Study

The NoDARS project is designed to provide health-care professionals, authorities and policy makers with comparable data that accurately reflect antibiotic resistance levels and the penetration of antibiotic resistance in the healthy population. The project aims to investigate the levels of specified antimicrobial resistance at the selected locations in Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway Sweden, Poland and Russia in several separate work packages.


PRECEPT – Project on a Framework for Rating Evidence in Public Health

PRECEPT has been established to develop a methodology for evaluating and grading evidence in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control to be applied in the European region. The project was lead by the Robert Koch Institute.


SPHERE-C – Sero-prevalence surveys of hepatitis C in Europe

The purpose of this project is to develop detailed technical protocols for undertaking HCV sero-prevalence surveys in the general population. The protocols will provide practical instructions on all relevant areas, ranging from sampling methods, specimen- and data collection and laboratory methods to confidentiality and ethical issues, quality control measures, data management and budgetary considerations.


UNISEC – Universal Influenza Vaccines Secured

Logo UNISEC ConsortiumThe UNISEC objective is to bring together a number of vaccine concepts into a single study in order to identify, develop and clinically test the most promising leads for a universal influenza vaccine, which must demonstrate adequate (universal) protection, and be technically suitable for development to a marketable product.


Former projects