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Blettner, Maria; Dierks, Marie-Luise; Donner-Banzhoff, Norbert; Hertrampf, Katrin; Klusen, Norbert; Koepke, Sascha; Masanneck, Michael; Pfaff, Holger; Richter, Rainer; Sundmacher, Leonie (2018): Überlegungen des Expertenbeirats zu Anträgen im Rahmen des Innovationsfonds. In: Zeitschrift für Evidenz Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen, Vol. 130: pp. 42-48
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The "Innovation Fund" provides incentives for the development and testing of healthcare innovations in the area of the statutory health insurance with the aim to improve the quality of care in Germany. Over a period of initially four years (2016-19), 300 million Euro will be allocated annually to projects on "innovative forms of healthcare provision" and "health services research". Using a formalized procedure, the ten-member expert advisory board appointed by the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) assess all applications on the basis of various criteria for scientific quality, potential of innovation, relevance for health service delivery, and implementability. The present discussion paper sets out important considerations for submission and assessment and puts them up for discussion.