The European Commission's main funding scheme for implementing the European Union's health strategy is the EU Public Health Programme. It is delivered by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the eligibility criteria for funding under the Programme.
The Programme has a budget of €449.4 million over seven years (2014-2020) and aims to:
- improve the health of EU citizens
- reduce health inequalities
- increase sustainability of health systems
- focus on themes that address current health issues across Member States
- support and encourage cooperation between Member States
Funding is provided through:
- Grants for action co-financed by the competent authorities responsible for public health in the Member States (called "Joint Actions")
- Grants for action (projects) co-financed by other public, non-governmental or private bodies including international health organisations.
- Grants for the functioning of non-government bodies.
- Procurement contracts
The 2018 call for project grants is open until 13 September 2018 with a new call for proposals for projects "Implementation of best practices to promote health and prevent non-communicable diseases and to reduce health inequalities".
The call includes 2 different topics to be covered:
- Topic 1: Transferring the Swedish Physical Activity on Prescription Initiative to other countries
- Topic 2: Transferring the Italian CARDIO 50 programme to other countries
Full details of the project grants can be viewed on the CHAFEA website.
An event bringing together all of the Agencies and Departments involved in Joint Actions was facilitated by the National Focal Point on 19th June 2018. The purpose of the event was to allow participants to discuss their approach, outputs and successes in Joint Actions from 2014-2017. The slides from the event are available here
An information event on the Public Health Programme was held on the 04 April 2017. The slides from the presentations are available to download below.
- EU Public Health Programme An Evaluator's View 2017 Prof. Michael Rigby, Keele University, DCU, Imperial College London
- Advice from a successful participant 2017 Wil Byrne, Special Olympics
- Joint Action on Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing Across the Life-Cycle Dr. Teresa Bennett, Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE
- EU Public Health Programme Scope and Priorities 2017 Dirk MEUSEL, Chafea
Kay Duggan-Walls is a National Focal Point for the Public Health Programme, based at the Health Research Board. You can contact Kay if you have any queries related to the Public Health Programme or if you wish to be added to our mailing list.
t 01 2345187