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Health programme overview

Health Programme - overview

The European Commission's main funding scheme for implementing the EU's health strategy is the Health Programme. It is implemented by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the eligibility criteria for funding under the Programme.
The Health Programme 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

The Health Programme 2014-2020 is managed by The Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea).

The Programme has a budget of €449.4 million over seven years (2014-2020). This amount will be shared between the different objectives of the Programme throughout its duration.

Funding will be 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

Annual calls for research proposals are launched each year. The 2017 calls are now open with a closing date of 15th June 2017. Full details of the 2017 call are available at this link:

For further general information on the Programme please go to:

See also European Health newsletters:

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