Horizon Europe

EU research and innovation framework programme

Horizon Europe is the main EU funding programme for research and innovation. Running from 2021 until 2027, it has a total budget of €95.5 billion, of which €8.246 billion is dedicated to health research.  

More information is available from the European Commission website at this link.

For an overview of Horizon Europe Health and the steps involved in preparing a competitive application, check out our HRB Guide for Researchers here.   


Health Cluster Work Programme 2023/34

The Horizon Europe Health Cluster Work Programme 2023/24 is now published with over €1.5bn in funding allocated health research. The 2023 calls open in January 2023.

Download the Health Work Programme here

Download the General Annexes to the 2023-2024 Work Programme here.

The Health Cluster aims to promote and protect human health and well-being, prevent diseases and decrease the burden of diseases and disabilities on people and communities, support the transformation of health care systems and foster an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive European health industry.

To tackle these issues, the Health Cluster defined six Intervention areas as follows and there will be dedicated calls under each of these areas:

  1. Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society
  2. Living and working in a health-promoting environment
  3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
  4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality healthcare
  5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
  6. Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health.

Read our blog posts on applying for Horizon Europe Health, top proposal-writing tips, and consortium building in Horizon Europe. And for more information, view these webinars on how to write a successful proposal for Horizon Europe, Part 1 and Part 2.


Cancer Mission

EU Missions are an additional part of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for 2021-2027 aiming to address some of the greatest challenges facing our society.  

The Cancer Mission Work Programme 2023/24 is available to download here.

There are four new calls in 2023 with a total budget €110 million. Calls will open in January 2023. Topics include: addressing poorly-understood tumour-host interactions to enhance immune system-centred treatment and care interventions; enhancing primary cancer prevention through sustainable behavioural change; Pragmatic clinical trials on minimally invasive diagnostics; and establishing best practices and tools to improve the quality of life for childhood cancer patients, survivors and their families.  

Here are further details on the Cancer Mission and here is the Cancer Mission Implementation Plan.



Information on upcoming events will be published here, and shared on the HRB X/Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. 


National Contact Points

Applicants to Horizon Europe Health are supported by two National Contact Points, one based in the HRB and one based in Enterprise Ireland.

HRB Health NCP is Dr Irene Castellano, who can be contacted at icastellano@hrb.ie. A second EI Health NCP Dr Martha Cahill can be contacted at martha.cahill@enterprise-ireland.com