EU Health Programme 2014-2020

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21 / 11 / 2014 08:00 AM

The EU's new Health Programme aims to build on the achievements of the previous EU Health Programme and better enable health to contribute to economic growth and the Europe 2020 objectives. 
It has four main objectives: 

  • Promote health, prevent disease and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles 
  • Protect citizens from serious cross-border health threats 
  • Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems 
  • Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens 

It has an increased budget of €449.4m for the seven year period. 

Calls for proposals

The calls for proposals have now been launched by the Consumer, Health and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), with a deadline of 25 September. The EU Health Programme annual work programme for 2014 can be found here. The calls are published on the ‘participants portal’ (the same website as Horizon 2020 calls).

The Commission is currently working on the 2015 work programme. A similar timeline is expected for calls for proposals in 2015 to those in 2014, with the launch of the calls anticipated in May-June and closing in September –October 2015.

Info Seminar

On 11 July 2014, the Department of Health and the NHS European Office jointly organised an information session on the new EU Health Programme. The purpose of the Info Session was to provide information about the new Health Programme and to support and encourage applications for funding from UK organisations. Several of the presentations from the Info Session are available for download:

Presentations from the European Commission's Information Day, held in Luxembourg on 10 June, 2014, can now be viewed on the Health Programme's website.

National Focal Point

The NHS European Office is the UK’s National Focal Point for the EU Health Programme. 

As National Focal Point, we hosted a webinar on 2014 priorities for the programme, and how to apply for funds. A speaker from the European Commission introduced this year’s topic areas and funding opportunities. For those who missed the webinar the recording of the presentation can be found online. 

Joint Actions

The Health Programme will also continue to provide financial support for Joint Actions.
Joint actions are activities carried out by the EU and Member States or by the EU and the competent authorities of other countries participating in the Health Programme together. They focus on the greatest cross-border public health needs.
EU support for key public health initiatives presents a detailed overview of all 20 Joint Actions funded on different key health challenges between 2008-11, focussing on their results, outputs and impact on national health policies within the EU.

For further information on this coming programme, please contact:

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