Horizon 2020 will see the EU contribute over €70 billion over the coming seven year period to support the EU’s position as a world leader in science, help secure industrial leadership in innovation, and help address major concerns shared by all Europeans.
The latter societal challenges cover six key themes, including; health, demographic change and well-being; food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; secure, clean and efficient energy; smart, green and integrated transport; climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; and inclusive, innovative and secure societies.
Health, demographic change and well-being
As with the current Research Framework (FP7) funding programme, Horizon 2020 will be the main EU funding programme of relevance to the NHS, with opportunities throughout the three key areas mentioned above.
The 'Health, demographic change and well-being' theme alone has an indicative budget of €7-8 billion to cover the seven years, providing significant financial support for associated European research and innovation work.
The Commission's plans outline in broad terms how it intends to target its funding, with activities including; understanding the determinants of health (including environmental and climate related factors); improving health promotion and disease prevention; understanding disease and improving diagnosis; developing effective screening programmes and improving the assessment of disease susceptibility; improving surveillance and preparedness; developing better preventive vaccines; using in-silico medicine for improving disease management and prediction; treating disease; transferring knowledge to clinical practice and scalable innovation actions; better use of health data; active ageing, independent and assisted living; individual empowerment for self-management of health; promotion of integrated care; improving scientific tools and methods to support policy making and regulatory needs; and optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare systems and reducing inequalities by evidence based decision making and dissemination of best practice, and innovative technologies and approaches.
We also anticipate other funding opportunities of interest, in particular around ICT research.
We expect the first health research call to be released in December 2013 and we will be organising a programme of activities and events to inform NHS organisations and academic health science networks (AHSNs) of opportunities offered by the funding programme.
For a confidential conversation about the topics likely to be covered in the first call for projects, please contact Michael.Wood@nhsconfed.org.
You can also download the presentation given by the National Contact Point at our session on Horizon 2020 at the NHS Confederation 2013 Annual Conference.
Horizon 2020's other links
The overall budget for Horizon 2020 will also support other funding programmes of interest to the NHS. In particular, it will help fund:
View the individual websites to find out about these funding programmes.
For more information on any of these programmes contact email@example.com