MULTI-ACT – A collective research impact framework and multi-variate models to foster the true engagement of actors and stakeholders in health research and innovation

Programme: Horizon 2020
Project Status: COMPLETED (May 2018 – May 2021)


What aims and scope

To increase the impact of health research on people with brain diseases via the creation and implementation of a new model that allows for the effective cooperation of all relevant stakeholders.

How it became possible 

MULTI-ACT comprises leading European societies, patients, patient organisations, research/ academic institutions, and governmental and technological organisations. The consortium formed a multidisciplinary network that integrated and coordinated various competencies in related work areas. Together, they developed brand new tools to assess the value of research via three primary phases:

  • Building Knowledge – Study and Design
  • Applying Knowledge – Test and Refine
  • Using Knowledge – Transfer and Scale 

Where EHMA delivered

EHMA’s role within the project was circumscribed to stakeholder engagement and dissemination activities support, taking advantage of EHMA’s long-standing experience in dealing with these specific tasks in both European funded projects and its internal activities. EHMA’s
membership and external network facilitated the outreach of the project and the transferal of the project outcomes to specific external audience.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 787570. This page and the publications contained herein only reflect the author’s views. The European Union is not liable for any use that might be made of the information contained in this page and publications.


Multi-act has created tools that can help those who aim to deliver the positive impact of research initiatives on people living with brain disorders.

For example, you can take advantage of the Collective Research Impact Framework (CRIF), which assesses the impact of research on multiple areas from multiple stakeholders’ perspectives. CRIF also provides a set of flexible governance recommendations so initiatives can meet the stakeholders’ different (and sometimes competing) needs in the research process.

If patient engagement is a priority for you, you can also use the CRIF and its Governance Criteria to facilitate participation. 

Finally, there is a How-To Video and Toolbox Manual to help you implement the varying features.


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