The newly elected President of EFA, Breda Flood, was invited by IMI (the Innovative Medicines Initiative) in June to speak at an ‘open information day’ to mark the launch of IMI’s 4th call for research and/or training proposals. Over 200 participants attended, and Breda took part in a roundtable discussion in which she shared both her and EFA’s experiences of working on the IMI funded U-BIOPRED project. IMI launches annual calls for funding proposals for projects intended to promote pharmaceutical research and development. The calls are published on the IMI website and interested parties from academia, SMEs, patient organisations and other areas are invited to apply. This year proposals on 7 different topics are being sought, each of which fall under 3 broad categories: the EU Medical Information System; Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control; and Technology and Molecular Disease Understanding. More information