Accessing EU funding


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.

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.


EU funding and the NHS

The NHS European Office is the national body of expertise for the NHS on the EU's many funding programmes.


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU's successor programme to FP7 and will fund EU-level research and innovation during the period 2014 - 2020.

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Innovative Medicines Initiative

A public-private partnership between the European Commission and the European pharmaceutical industry

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EU Health Programme 2014-2020

Information about the EU's funding programme to protect and promote human health and safety, and improve public health


European Structural and Investment Funds

The NHS European Office has identified a range of opportunities for the NHS under EU structural funding for 2014-2020

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European Fund for Strategic Investment

Opportunities for healthcare sector under new EU financing initiative

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Other health funding

Occasionally the European Commission publishes funding opportunities relevant to the NHS through other programmes

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