NHS European Office

EU funding and the NHS

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Many NHS organisations already benefit from EU collaboration, but there is scope for much greater involvement.

One of the roles of the NHS European Office is to highlight relevant EU funding opportunities and to provide information and advice on how to access this funding.

What are the benefits for NHS organisations of participating in EU projects?

Participation in an EU-funded project can:

  • complement local NHS initiatives with European Commission match-funding
  • improve service delivery through information-sharing and the exchange of good practice with European partners
  • develop pan-European research networks
  • benchmark and compare NHS practice with partners from other EU member states
  • showcase the organisation’s achievements in a specific field or topic to international colleagues
  • profile local, regional and national NHS innovations at international events
  • attract world-class researchers to the organisation.

The role of the NHS European Office in EU funding

The NHS European Office is the expert body in England for the health service on EU funding. Our specific roles in this area include:

Influencing

  • Influencing future EU funding calls in the interest of the NHS
  • Working with stakeholders to maximise involvement of the UK health sector in EU funding projects
  • Communicating NHS engagement in EU funding projects to the wider service

Informing

  • Promoting individual, relevant, EU funding opportunities to NHS organisations as they arise
  • Providing information on the range of EU funding programmes to NHS organisations and the benefits of engagement
  • Sharing early intelligence on future EU funding programmes with the health sector
  • Providing general advice on relevance, process and useful links for EU funding programmes

Facilitating

  • Assisting NHS organisations with partner searches through our links and networks
  • Facilitating direct dialogue with European Commission officials for, and on behalf of, NHS organisations
  • Identifying and communicating potential learning for NHS organisations from EU funded projects

Representing

  • Representing the NHS in cross-sectoral discussions on engaging the NHS in EU funding projects
  • Being a first point of contact for non-UK queries seeking to engage the NHS on EU funding projects
  • Participating in EU funding projects, as appropriate 
    Promoting individual, relevant, EU funding opportunities to NHS organisations as they arise
  • Providing information on the range of EU funding programmes to NHS organisations and the benefits of engagement
  • Sharing early intelligence on future EU funding programmes with the health sector
  • Providing general advice on relevance, process and useful links for EU funding programmes
  • Assisting NHS organisations with partner searches through our links and networks
  • Facilitating direct dialogue with European Commission officials for, and on behalf of, NHS organisations
  • Identifying and communicating potential learning for NHS organisations from EU funded projects
  • Assisting NHS organisations with partner searches through our links and networks
  • Facilitating direct dialogue with European Commission officials for, and on behalf of, NHS organisations
  • Identifying and communicating potential learning for NHS organisations from EU funded projects

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