March 03, 2021

Eleven projects funded through the first 2020 PPIE call

The LBG Open Innovation in Science Center announces the results of the first pilot call of the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Implementation Programme (PPIE), 11 projects have been selected to be funded and supported.

For the German version see here.

Our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) programme supports Austrian research institutions to actively involve patients and citizens in research projects. The first pilot call received a total of 29 applications from 15 different institutions all over Austria. The 11 selected projects will start in March 2021, a second pilot call is planned for October 2021.


LBG supports participation in research
LBG has been a pioneer in opening science since 2016. "By actively involving patients and the public in research, science can be more strongly oriented towards social needs and make new approaches to solutions visible. Through the PPIE implementation programme, we are now making available to other research institutions the LBG's many years of expertise in the field of open innovation," says Univ.-Prof. Dr. Freyja-Maria Smolle-Jüttner, President of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft.


Advice and support for researchers
The PPIE team from the Open Innovation in Science Center will support the whole implementation of the projects, by providing consultations and specific training through expert workshops and webinars (for more on the support offered read here). The projects will also be invited to participate in a peer support network, to facilitate a sustainable knowledge exchange and peer learning and to help find partners for the PPIE activities. 
The selected projects address different challenges in the health and social science fields and involve patients and the public in research in different manners. The VASCage project "Patient involvement in stroke research" of the Research Centre on Vascular Ageing and Stroke in Innsbruck, for instance, is developing a questionnaire and interviews together with a patients board, to study the needs of people affected by stroke in its acute, subacute and chronic phases. Through this involvement, patients are empowered to actively participate in the research design and decision making. 
The YOUNGSTARS1 project of the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg (Research Centre for User Centred Technologies) involves young people with Type-1 diabetes in the research process, to learn together more about their everyday life challenges and find possible solutions. This project aims to develop an action plan together with other stakeholders to improve the quality of life of affected young people in the long term. 
More information on the funded projects can be found here:

In addition, the PPIE team offers the possibility to develop other solutions for specific challenges in ideas workshops together with citizens and different stakeholders. Citizens can submit via the "Ideenbox" their individual problems, which will be then later explored in co-creative workshops. Further information can be found here:


On the PPIE Implementation Programme 
The PPIE Implementation Programme at the LBG Open Innovation in Science Centre promotes activities that enable research "with" or "by" patients or the public. The participation activities aim to empower the public and people with first-hand experience, like patients and their families, by involving them in shaping research projects and in the research decision making processes (e.g. advisory boards). The programme has two calls for proposals to implement PPIE activities: the first call started on 1 September 2020 and the second is planned for autumn 2021. In the first call, applicants could apply for up to a maximum of EUR 60,000 to implement their involvement activities. The programme is funded by the Nationalstiftung.

About the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft
The Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) is a research institution with a thematic focus on medicine and life sciences as well as humanities, social and cultural sciences. Together with academic and implementation partners, the LBG currently operates 20 Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes and develops and tests new forms of cooperation between science and non-scientific actors such as companies, the public sector and civil society. The aim is to identify and address early-on socially relevant challenges to which research can contribute, in order to identify in a targeted manner new research topics in Austria. LBG also comprises the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center, which develops the potential of open innovation for science, and the LBG Career Center, which supports 250 PhD students and postdocs at the LBG.


Mag. Dr. Raphaela Kaisler, MSc

Head of the PPIE implementation programme

Communication contact: Dr. Chiara Cardelli 

Science Communicator and Community Manager

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