About CIF


The Clinical Innovation Fellowship program operates in Europe’s leading network for the systematic identification of clinical needs and development of solutions to impact healthcare worldwide. The program is based on clinical immersion in a dedicated healthcare organization and the support by experts and international partner organizations.


The goal of the Clinical Innovation Fellowships is to improve healthcare by identifying clinical needs and challenges gathered during clinical immersion and create solutions to address those needs. Participants have a background within medicine, engineering, design and/or business and work in multidisciplinary teams throughout the program. For many fellowship participants, the program is the first step in creating a start-up in the medical technology field.

The program is managed by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and supported by EIT Health. During the course of the program participants will get the opportunity to interact with a variety of partner organizations around the globe and collaborate closely with our sister programs Bioinnovate in Galway, Ireland; Inno-X Healthcare in Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark; Oxford Biodesign in Oxford, UK; and Moebio in Barcelona, Spain.


At the heart of the Clinical Innovation Fellowships is the clinical immersion, an 8-week period where participants observe and interact with healthcare professionals and patients during everyday clinical practice.

Each team is placed at a specific health care department where the clinical immersion takes place, and works alongside the host department throughout the program to co-create innovative solutions to identified needs.


Creating innovative solutions that create value to customers long-term demands a multidisciplinary approach. As a result, each team consist of four participants who each contribute distinct skills to the group from four different disciplines – medicine, engineering, business, and design.

Participants are experts in their fields, have a strong academic background, enjoy working in multidisciplinary environments, and thrive in complex situations.

Only eight applicants will be selected to take part in Clinical Innovation Fellowships each year – two from each discipline.


Leading organizations locally are RISE, Sweden’s leading research institute and innovation actor, KTH the Nordic’s leading technical university, and Karolinska Institutet a world leading medical school.

As an EIT Health initiative, collaboration with our international support organizations is a core feature of the fellowship program. Participants are expected to travel to network events in Europe and collaborate closely with our sister programs in Denmark, UK, Ireland, France, Poland, and Spain. In addition, the extensive network provides a platform for development and marketing of any solution that is developed in the program.

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Our Partners

RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.


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