Research Activities

  • ICT in Healthcare and Assistive Living, Knowledge Management
  • Competency based Learning, Knowledge Management, Foresight & Strategic planning to support AI in Electronic Health Record domain, search technologies and NLP

Ongoing Projects

International cooperation for digital standardisation – INSTAR CNECT.D – Policy Strategy and Outreach D.3 – Policy Outreach and International Affairs

INSTAR is a 30-month project aimed at reinforcing Europe’s leadership in setting global standards for advanced ICT technologies such as AI, 5G/6G, internet protocols, IoT, cybersecurity, data, eID, quantum technology, and DLTs. The project focuses on collaborating with strategic international partners to shape the definition and adoption of standards in target countries. It involves conducting studies and analyses on ICT standards and monitoring international standards in trade and cooperation agreements.

Key activities of INSTAR include:

  1. Managing technology domain workstreams through experienced ICT standardisation experts to develop high-level standardisation frameworks.
  2. Engaging key stakeholders and mapping standards onto a Standards Dashboard.
  3. Activating high-level task forces for input provision.
  4. Organizing webinars and workshops.
  5. Delivering regular reports on common standards and roadmaps.
  6. Monitoring the implementation of international standards in trade and cooperation agreements.

The project’s impact is expected to be significant, including the development of high-level standardisation frameworks, a comprehensive Standards Dashboard, the establishment of six high-level Task Forces, bi-annual reports on standard agreements and roadmaps, and the monitoring of international standards in agreements.

INSTAR is supported by a strong consortium of 10 partners from 8 countries, comprising 4 specialist consultancy SMEs, 4 Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs), an industry association, and a university.

Project number: 101135877 Duration 30 months Project Start Date: 01/01/2024 Project End Date: 30/06/2026. NCSR budget: €

Deploying advanced national QCI systems and networks in Greece – HellasQCI: DIGITAL-2021-QCI-01-DEPLOY-NATIONAL.

NCSR D / IIT / Health and Knowledge Management unit participates in the HellasQCI project aiming to strengthen the resilience of critical national infrastructures against cyber threats by exploiting quantum  information technology and cyber security technologies

Fourteen (14) Greek organisations are participating in the project, including governmental organizations and research and educational institutions. Institutions with expertise in quantum technologies, and companies from the telecommunications, energy sectors and information technology. The project is coordinated by the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology (GRNET S.A.), a body of the Ministry of Digital Governance.

Project Number: 101091504 Duration: 30 months. Project Start Date: 01/01/2023 Project End Date: 30/06/2025. Budget NCSR Demokritos: 273.706,00 €

SCIBIO SCIence outreach: The example of BIObanks in EuropeL.

Biobanks have become an increasingly important means of biomedical research and innovation. It represents a significant pillar of predictive, preventive and personalised medicine approach to patient health care and contributes to the early diagnosis and best treatments, for the past 20 years.

However, the success of biobanks depends on the willingness and trust of large numbers of individuals and diverse communities to researchers access to detailed medical and genetic information. Institutions worldwide have recognised the value and benefits of community engagement in health prevention, research and policy initiatives. Donating tissue samples and personal data for unknown research purposes at the time where data and samples are collected is one of the main characteristics of biobanking research. This requires that all volunteers are aware of the benefits and the contribution of biobanking to bettering the lives of all, as well as of the aims of biobanking in order to demonstrate confidentiality and trust in the procedures.

Nowadays, despite these identified needs and challenges, there is a lack of awareness of public on the impact that biobanks can have on their wellbeing. The ill-equipped scientists and students to build bonds of trust between themselves and the citizens and transfer their work to the general public are one of the main reasons for the absence of a well-informed public. That’s why the training and education they receive mainly focuses on the prediction of reproducible and solid research, rather than communicating their research results to the public and promoting social engagement. Also, they are not informed on how to spread the message through their social networks and sometimes they do not have the time or are confused about which is the best social means for dissemination.


  • identify communication gaps between the general public and science;
  • support citizens to better understand the aims of science and usefulness in their lives;
  • support students and young scientists to be well-equipped in using effective science outreach strategies and to enrich their communication skills;
  • develop an e-learning platform including the course that can be easily integrated in HEIs’ platforms;
  • develop an electronic game to support training
  • support teaching methods of HEIs and other institutions by offering a new course

Project Number: 101091504 Duration: 30 months. Project Start Date: 01/11/2022 Project End Date: . Budget NCSR Demokritos: €


HealthCASCADE – Evidence-based co-creation methodology for closing the implementation gap between knowledge and action in health promotion.”(HORIZON 2020/Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN)-Grant Agreement No 956501). The aim of the ehealth unit task will be to develop, experiment and validate open-source disruptive technologies, platforms and tools to enable Big data, AI and knowledge management techniques to facilitate evidence-based co-creation services in Health Cascade use cases.

«Υβριδικά Αυτόνομα Ενεργειακά Συστήματα Έξυπνης Δικτύωσης & Πρόβλεψης (PHAETONS)». ΕΣΠΑ2014-2020 («ΕΡΕΥΝΩ – ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΩ – ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΩ» )

The project aims at the study and industrial research of intelligent energy hybrid systems, either autonomous or integrated into a network, which will improve the energy and safety infrastructure of public roads and highways, parks and public spaces. It integrates in a turnkey solution: a) smart networking, b) Renewable Energy Sources power generation c) street lighting, d) device charging station, e) wifi hotspot, f) remote events notification, g) direct end-user information. Systems’ control and administration is provided by a machine learning platform based on end nodes (hybrid pillars and weather stations) data received via smart network gateways. It will integrate demand forecasting tools, recommendations and other smart network solutions.


Ehealth Group is able to exploit its network and set up large scale pilots in the Greek territory to collect big heterogeneous data sets and support different health use cases
NCSR has setup in the territory of Greece and is managing within the realm of the running projects, pilots with more than 100 end users studying ICT technologies targeting health and Ageing

ReAAL – (“NCSR Piloting Concept – Realising AAL services in the Greek Territory”) (CIP ICT-PSP 2012-325189). Theme(s): ICT for Ageing and Wellbeing

The project increased adoption of an open platform that provides a standardized approach making it technically feasible and economically viable to develop AAL solutions. The platform was produced by a mixture of new development and consolidation of state‐of‐the art results from existing initiatives.

ProFouND Application

This App can support health care professionals (e. g. general physicians, physiotherapists, community nurses, etc.) in the decision making and counselling process regarding older persons living at home and being at risk of falling. The App could be started from different starting information such as the result of a sensor based assessment or as part of a clinical pathway after an injurious fall such as hip fracture.

Spin off Company

Syndesis Ltd

NCSR has set up a spin off company (Syndesis Ltd) to develop and promote ehealth/assistive living state of the art technologies and applications. Already innovative ehealth platform has been developed and is under validation with the real end users and a network of doctors has been established.

Past Projects

  • Knowledge Valorisation and Awareness Dialogue among Business People and Newcomers for a Resilient Green Development- Business People in Green Dialogue: Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 Key Action 2: Small- Scale Partnership Projects AGREEMENT n° [2021-2-TR01-KA210-VET-000049308]. The project depends on business women in the green development process and increasing women participation in this new upcoming green policy process for environmental sustainability. Duration Project Start Date 31-05-2022 Project total Duration 15 (Months) Project End Date 31-08-2023
  • The eHealthUnit implemented the iwelli4ageing pilot within the framework of the  Gatekeeper project. The pilot implementation started on 1/1/2022 and had duration 12 months.
  • The ehealth unit  together with the Spin Off company Syndesis Ltd will implemented the QKD4IntelligentHealth  pilot within the realm of the OPENQKD project ( The aim of the project was to set up  a  real-world  use  case  where  QKD  technology  was applied within NCSRD campus to  demonstrate  the  secure  data  transfer  of  encrypted  EHR  datasets  to remote  servers  for  analysis  with  AI  algorithms
  • Second Chance For Colibri Birds: Empowering and Increasing Capabilities Of Women-COLIBRIWOMEN Erasmus+ Action 2: Strategic Partnership Projects. The Ehealth unit role in the project is to contribute to the creation of a Distance Learning Platform to inspire female entrepreneurs in Greece and Turkey to overcame barriers and take their businesses to the next level.
  • INTERREG IPA CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME GREECE 2014-2020 HealthNET – Primary Healthcare Network The project aims to develop and improve services in the field of primary health care in the rural cross-border region where the population has difficult access to health units, especially for the elderly and socially disadvantaged, with special emphasis on early diagnosis and prevention of adverse health conditions.
  • INTERREG V-A COOPERATION PROGRAMME: GREECE – BULGARIA 2014-2020 RemoteCARE – Remote Healthcare The project aims to improve access to primary health care in the rural cross border areas where population has difficult access to healthcare units. The project promotes social inclusion and combat poverty and discrimination as they provide healthcare services to people of remote areas who do not have easy access to healthcare structures.
  • 2011-2015 Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living – USEFIL (Coordinator), FP7-ICT: USEFIL project is proposing advanced but affordable in-home unobtrusive monitoring and web communication solutions. USEFIL intends to use low cost “off-the-shelf” technology to develop immediate applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and their daily activities. Total Budget 4,622,870.00 – NCSR budget: 810,332.00.
  • Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination – ProFouND: ProFouND is a collaborative research project funded by the European Union under CIP-ICT-PSP-2012-6. ProFouND will directly address the objectives of the EIP-AHA by creating a Thematic Network with 21 partners from 12 countries. Objective is to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls using novel ICT solution in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015, thus to reduce falls incidence in those regions by 2020. Objectives are achieved, using internet and ICT solutions to facilitate widespread implementation. Total Budget 1,026,569.00 euros- NCSR budget: 81,534.00 euros. Project Duration: 36 months Start: 01/3/2013 End: 28/2/2016
  • 2013-2017: Development of Coordination Mechanisms During Different Kinds of Emergencies- COncORDE: COncORDE is a collaborative research project funded by the European Union under FP7-SEC-2013.4.1-4. The COncORDE project will develop a Decision Support System (DSS) to improve preparedness and interoperability of medical services during an emergency which affects the health of the population at local, regional or cross-border level. The project will incorporate existing operational assets related to security, trust and infrastructure and leverage them within the DSS. Total Budget 4.076.977,98 euros- NCSR budget: 214.536,00 euros.
  • In the framework of the Galenos, BASE2, INTERMED, Tele-Ippokratis projects of ehealth and elearning services to remote, rural areas and maritime users have been developed. An active ehealth and e-learning network in terms of platform, infrastructures, end users has been established covering the broader area of the South-East Europe.
  • CRe-AM (Creativity REsearch Adaptive roadmap) ( collective, strategic intelligence and Roadmaping for the creative industries. Cre-AM is an FP7 Project funded by the European Commission (DG Connect) aiming to bridge communities of creators with communities of technology providers and innovators, in a collective, strategic roadmapping effort to streamline, coordinate and amplify collaborative work towards developing, enhancing, and mainstreaming new ICT technologies, processes and tools, to address the future needs of different sectors of the creative industries (e.g. arts, crafts, culture, design, e- publishing, media, architecture etc). Project ID: 612451 Funded under: FP7-ICT, Funding scheme: CSA. Start: 01-10-2013, End: 29-02-2016
  • OEI2 (“Open Educational Ideas & Innovations”) promoting Open Idea and Innovation Sharing for Learning, Education and Training. ( OEI2 project aims at enabling Open Education at an early stage: instead of sharing complete Open Educational Resources (OER) or Open Educational Practices (OEP), we aim at sharing ideas in the eraly design process. This process will create a fundamentally different uptake of OER by creating Emotional Ownership of OER. This approcah tackles the main barriers of OER: the not-invented-here syndrome, curricula differences and lack of motivation. In simple words: OEI brings together educatoors sharing ideas and early stage developments, so that they can collaborate towards collaboratively developed OER.Agreement number: 2013-3224/001-001 Funded under: Erasmus – Lifelong Learning Programme Funding scheme: Erasmus Multilateral Projects Start: 01-10-2013 End: 29-02-2016
  • OPENSCOUT(eContentPlus programme/ TARGETED PROJECT) OpenScout aims at accelerating the use, improvement and distribution of open content in the field of management education and training with a focus on SMEs and continuous training by providing skill-based search of content to large communities for learning – either in professional user communities (via integration with LMS systems) as well as to open web 2.0 communities (via integration to social network platforms).
  • COCAL –COMPETENCY BASED CONTENT ACQUISITION AND LEARNING The COCAL project aims to address the upskilling needs of the banking sector, by developing, applying and validating a holistic approach for the combined management of competencies and learning resources.
  • BASE2 (Broadband Access Satellite Enabled Education) (FP6) The scope of BASE project is to support key EU policies und validate space technology for public services and applications having a key economic and social impact at Union level in the field of education (distance Learning). The overall objective of this project is the implementation of an end-to-end system for tele-education applications, integrating broadband terrestrial networks with satellite broadband technologies.Aim of the project is to facilitate the sustainable provision of integrated tele-education services and applications to a large number of distributed interconnected sites over a variety of telecommunication infrastructures. Within the framework of the project is the seamless integration of Low-cost satellite telecommunications infrastructures with broadband terrestrial systems will be investigated. The network will integrate satellite communication technologies with various terrestrial network infrastructures. An integrated end-to-end system will be implemented in order to provide tele-education services to: a) remote, distributed and isolated rural areas and b) maritime users where satellite communication technologies have a potential edge over terrestrial infrastructures. Both of these user groups are tropical examples of economic activities which can greatly be benefited by a wider deployment and use of satellite communications essentially due to usually large distances which separate them from broadband terrestrial telecom infrastructures. European agriculture will benefit substantially by tele-education applications over satellite European farmers at remote areas are often producing specialised products of designated origin and require education to increase or very often guarantee the quantity and quality of their production. Maritime workers also have strong needs for tele-education and have been challenged for many years by the lack of reliable and efficient network infrastructure that would help them reach this target.