Innovation is a broad concept at EU level: it can refer to the development of new products and processes, new ways of marketing, or an original approach to organisational methods. The European Commission recognises that supporting innovation can play an important role in delivering high quality and cost-effective public services, in creating jobs and in strengthening the European economy. To support this agenda the EU has reviewed its range of funding programmes.
EU funding programmes of interest to the NHS are:
There is also the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIPAHA), which brings together key stakeholders to help improve the framework conditions for the uptake of innovation, leveraging financing and investments in innovation and improving coordination and coherence between funding for research and innovation at European, national and regional level in Europe.
EU funding for social inclusion projects goes live!
The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) has announced the first calls under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth. BLF is using ESF funding to match its own monies, meaning the project calls do not require bidders to provide their own match funding. Around 37 of the 39 LEPs in England are partnering with BLF, with 71 funding opportunities now open in 25 of these 37 areas. Find out more.
New brochure showcases current EU funded e-Health projects
A new on-line publication from the European Commission presents an overview of the most current European funded projects in the field of ICT for health and wellbeing. With details of projects on research, innovation and interoperability (systems and organisations working together), NHS organisations interested in EU funding for e-health will get an idea of the type of projects likely to receive funding and information on potential partners with experience of accessing EU funds.
Beginners guide to EU funding
For NHS organisations keen to find out more about the EU funding landscape, this self-help guide from the European Commission is a good place to start. Whether or not you have previously applied for EU funding, the publication provides information on the different types of funding available, practical tips on the application process, and links to detailed information about specific funding opportunities.
Matching Health with Growth: New €6bn EU funds launched in England
Over the next seven years, England will receive around €6bn to invest in research, development and innovation, skills and employment, and social cohesion - through the European Structural and Investment Funds. For NHS organisations, including regional bodies – such as academic health science networks, local education and training boards, and health and well-being boards – and colleagues in public health, there is a significant opportunity to utilise this funding to help drive local change. Download the new NHS European Office briefing, which outlines the background to the funds and how to access them or contact Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Health is Wealth” and EU funding
The NHS European Office chaired a session at the recent Health is Wealth event in Liverpool on EU funding, with speakers from the European Commission, Liverpool University, Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership. The presentations are now available to download and cover both Horizon 2020 and European Structural and Investment Funds, the two EU programmes of most relevance for the NHS. View the presentations.
Yorkshire & Humber awarded European "reference site" status
The European Commission has formally designated Yorkshire & Humber as an example of best practice in implementing innovative technological health solutions, which should be replicated in other regions across Europe. Our Office assisted colleagues in the region with the application process. Find out the details
Success stories in EU health funding recognised
The European Commission has published a booklet presenting successful projects which have received co-financing through the EU Health Programme. Since 2003, close to €450 million have been awarded to finance a wide range of health projects. The booklet showcases 33 projects covering various health issues, including healthy lifestyles, health inequalities and health information. Download the booklet.