The TO-REACH consortium is specifically designed to maximise the chances of success and minimise the risk of failure in the execution of the project and the development the future joint European research programme. This challenging and innovative project asks for a well-balanced team with different roles and expertise.

The project multidisciplinary consortium includes 28 partners from 20 countries including EU Member States, Norway, Canada, Israel and the US, and it covers:

  • Research funders, with a view to their role in the future joint European research programme;
  • Policymakers from MoHs and beyond, with a view of setting substantive priorities for innovative health services and systems models, and;
  • The research community, with a view of developing research and methodological approaches in the core areas of transferability, absorptive capacity, scalability and performance enhancement.

Project Coordination and Management

Coordinator PI: Prof. Walter Ricciardi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – UCSC)

Project Coordinator: Prof. Silvio Brusaferro (ISS)

Management Team: Sabrina Montante (ISS), Anna Ceccarelli (ISS), Stefano Vella, MD (UCSC), Johan Hansen, PhD (NIVEL)

Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS)

Project Coordinator, Work Package Leader for WP1, WP4 and WP5

The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) is the scientific advisory body of the National Health System in Italy, namely of the Ministry of Health, the Regions and the Local Health Unit. The ISS undertakes research funding, management and training functions in relation to public health in Italy.

Italian Ministry of Health (IT-MoH)

The Italian Ministry of Health is the central body of the National Health Service , which has the functions belonging to the State regarding the protection of human health , the coordination of the National Health System. The Ministry of Health develop guidelines in the field of prevention, care and research works in different Health sector and supervision National Health activities.

Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZON)

The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development – funds health research and stimulates use of the knowledge developed to help improve health and healthcare in the Netherlands. ZonMw’s main commissioning organisations are the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

NIVEL – Netherlands Institute for health services research

Work Package Leader for WP2

NIVEL is an independent research institute, legally a not-for-profit foundation. NIVEL is the national institute for health services research, and has a double mission: to conduct scientific applied research activities which provide results that are relevant for stakeholders in health care.

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Work Package Leader for WP3

The European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies is a partnership hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) which is therefore formally the legal entity participating and is described above. The Observatory mobilizes the different key parties to health policy decision making through
comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health systems in Europe and by engaging directly with policy-makers

European Health Management Association – EHMA

Work Package Leader for WP6

The European Health Management Association is a non-profit membership organisation that focusses on enhancing the capacity and capability of health management to deliver high quality healthcare.

National Institute for Health and Welfare – THL

THL is a research and development institute under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. The purpose of THL is to promote health and welfare, to prevent diseases and social problems, and to develop social welfare and health care sectors.

Academy of Finland – SUOMEN AKATEMIASA

The Academy of Finland’s mission is to finance high-quality scientific research, act as a science and science policy expert, and strengthen the position of science and research. The Academy is an agency within the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)

INSERM is one of the top European institutes for biomedical research and a major stakeholder in the world of health. Thousands of researchers, engineers, technicians, and administrative personnel are working for a common goal: improve health of all, by studying and increasing our knowledge on life sciences, on diseases and their treatment.

Health Research Board Ireland (HRB)

Work Package Leader for WP4

The Health Research Board (HRB) is a statutory agency under the aegis of the Department of Health in Ireland. It is the lead agency responsible for supporting and funding health research, information
and evidence. The HRB aims to achieve its mission – to improve people’s heath and to enhance healthcare delivery.

Rīga Stradiņš university – RSU

Rīga Stradiņš University is a public University in the Republic of Latvia supervised by the Latvian Ministry of Health. The University’s mission is to train highly qualified experts in the fields of healthcare and social sciences in Latvia, the European Union and globally having knowledge, skills and attitude corresponding to the EU requirements and standards and to humanitarian traditions.

Latvian Council of Science – Latvijas Zinātnes padome (LCS)

The Latvian Council of Science (LCS) is a governmental institution under the authority of the Ministry of Education and Science which deals with science and research within the country and beyond. LCS has a profound role in determining the perspective directions of research and innovation, evaluating the scientific activity, designing the research policy, disseminating achievements of research, emphasising the social dimension of research.

University of Malta (UOM)

The University of Malta is the highest teaching institution in Malta. The University of Malta will be represented in this project by the Department of Health Services Management. The Department of Health Services Management offers taught and research based post graduate courses.

The Research Council of Norway (RCN)

The Research Council of Norway is a national strategic and funding agency for research activities, and a chief source of advice and input into research policy for the Norwegian Government, the central government administration and the overall research community.

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the national funding agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education, in Portugal

Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (UBBCU)

The Babeș-Bolyai University is today the oldest, the largest and, in many ways, the most prestigious university in Romania. The University has a wide portfolio of research projects funded by national (CNCSIS, CEEX, PNII) and international programs (NIH, FP6, FP7).

National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ)

The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) is the central Slovenian institution for public health practice, research and education. Its academic staff work on various tasks covering the areas of epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, health promotion, health protection, health system research and national coordination of preventive programmes in primary health care.

The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte)

The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte), is one of four Swedish government research funding organisations and under the Ministry for Health and Social Affairs. Forte supports and initiates primary and needs-driven research in the fields of public health, work and health, employment, work organisation, welfare, caring services, and social relations.

Health and Care Research Wales (WG – HCRW)

The Health and Care Research Wales is a national, multi-faceted virtual organisation comprising several distinct elements of infrastructure and funding schemes. Funded and overseen by the Welsh Government, Health and Care Research Wales provides an infrastructure to support and increase capacity in health and social care research and development.

Agenzia Nazionale per i Servizi Sanitari Regionali (Agenas)

Agenas is a public agency established in 1993 as a technical-scientific body of the Ministry of Health. The main objectives of the Agency are to promote innovation and quality in healthcare, to perform comparative analysis of cost and effectiveness of services offered to the public and to provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and to the Regions

European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

The European Public Health Association is an umbrella organisation for public health associations and institutes in Europe. EUPHA’s mission is to facilitate and activate a strong voice of the public health network by enhancing visibility of the evidence and by strengthening the capacity of public health professionals.

Public Health Agency (PHA)

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is an Arms-Length Body of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland (DHSSPSNI). The PHA is allocated and manages the Health and Social Care (HSC) R&D Fund on behalf of the DHSSPSNI.

Chief Scientist Office of Israeli Ministry of Health (CSO-MOH)

The Chief Scientist Office of Israeli Ministry of Health (SCO-MOH) through its Medical Research Administration is a pivotal organization in Israel for managing and funding of bio-medical and medical research through investigator-initiated, health-related research projects performed in hospitals, universities and research institutes.

Department of Public Health – Section of Hygiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)

The School of Medicine of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, funded in Rome in 1964, is at present a world-class training ground for future leaders in medical research and practice – including every modern medical discipline as well as some of the most respected medical scholars all over the world – public health, and biomedical science.

Austrian Publich Health Institute – Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG)

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG) was established on 1 August 2006 on the basis of a federal statute, as a national research and planning institute for health care and a competence and funding centre of health promotion.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

Federal Office of Public Health (EDI – BAG)

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) is part of the Federal Department of Home Affairs. Along with the cantons it is responsible for public health in Switzerland and for developing national health policy. As the national health authority, the FOPH also represents Switzerland’s interests in the field of health in international organisations and with respect to other countries.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
Its mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.