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SIP position paper on inclusion of pain research in the 9th EU framework program: what´s next?

Vittoria Carraro – European Pain Federation EFIC, Belgium

In 2018, the European Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. As part of this process, the Commission has opened a public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market. The SIP platform took an active part by responding to the public consultation and sending a position paper to highlight the importance of strengthening pain research (basic science, clinical science, epidemiological research) as a priority in the EU 9th Framework Program (FP9) to the Commission.

How can you use the SIP position paper?

The next EU Multiannual Financial Framework will be adopted by the new European Parliament in the summer of 2019, thus there are still opportunities for the pain community to advocate for the prioritisation of pain in the next research agenda. We encourage you to use the data and insights of our SIP position paper in your advocacy effort to have pain included in the research agenda at national and EU level.

Please find our SIP position paper of the 9th EU Framework Program here

What´s next? Contribute to the SIP Discussion Paper to inform our pain research roadmap

With this position paper we proposed some concrete actions as examples on how to strengthen pain research in FP9. The scientific experts of the European Pain Federation with the support of Pain Alliance Europe are currently working on the development of a roadmap to define the current gaps and challenges in pain research within the identified priority areas. With this roadmap we aim to provide guidance on the future challenges and possible solutions to address the gaps in pain research across Europe. 

To define and inform the pain research roadmap, we are launching an open discussion on the SIP stakeholder group on the EU health platform.

We invite all pain stakeholders to contribute!

To join the discussion, you will need to register on the SIP stakeholder group on the EU health platform here.

Please find some guidance on how to register at this link

On the SIP stakeholder group, you will find our full discussion paper for your input. Each month we will focus on one aspect of the discussion paper in particular, and we will share other initiatives and related documents that can help inform our decision.

Any questions?

If you have any questions on how to register on the SIP stakeholder group and contribute to the discussion paper, please contact Vittoria Carraro at and Anca Pop at .

More information about Pain Research can be found here:

- New pediatric pain research in Spain;

- SIP recommendation for Policy Action;

- Plenary Session of SIP 2016: Maria-Jose Vidal Ragout on "Pain research: what can the EU institutions do?"

- EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) to support the research on pain

- Pilot field testing of the chronic pain classification for ICD-11

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