Public Health Programme

The EU Public Health Programme is the European Commission's main funding scheme that delivers the EU's health strategy. 

It is delivered by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the eligibility criteria for funding under the Programme.

News and events

Call for project grants

The  Annual Work Programme for 2020 is available for download here. Text of calls is available from page 13. Calls for grants are now open for submission here and will close on 3rd June 2020

Project grants include topics on:

  • Support for health workforce reform
  • Healthcare public procurement in the EU
  • Support for health investment
  • Support for the implementation of best practice in the area of mental health
  • Increased access to vaccination for disadvantaged groups, difficult to reach groups and migrants
  • Stakeholder activities to support strengthened cooperationagainst vaccine-preventable diseases

Visit the CHAFEA website and the European Health newsletters for further general information.

Webinar on Calls 2020 of EU Public Health Programme

4 March 2020

A live webinar, on the 2020 calls in the Annual Work Plan of the EU Public Health Programme with the following agenda will be held on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

13.45 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 14.05 Welcome, Chafea Health Unit
14.05 – 14.25 AWP 2020 in a nutshell, EC DG SANTE C1
14.25 – 15.05 Participating in the AWP 2020, Chafea Health Unit
15.05 – 15.35 Participating in the AWP 2020 Projects, EC DG SANTE units
15.35 – 16.00 Procurements, Chafea Health Unit
16.00 – 16.30 Questions from the participants and discussion

For further information and to register for the webinar is available here.

EU Health Programme High Level Health conference 30th September 2019

The conference highlighted the results of the current and previous EU Health Programmes and present the new approach in the future Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027.

The event was hosted by Vytenius Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health, and is organised by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency with support by the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety.

Further information is available at the following link.

EU Public Health Programme Information Event 2019

An information event on the 2019 funding opportunities in the Public Health Programme was held in Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2 on 13th June 2019. Slides from the event are available at the presenter's name.


Chair, Dr Darrin Morrissey, CEO Health Research Board.

10.30 am: Tea / coffee on arrival

11.00 am: Introduction. Kay Duggan-Walls, HRB, National Focal Point for Public Health Programme and National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 Health

11.05 am: Welcome. Veronica Miller, International Unit, Department of Health

11.10 am: Public Health Programme: Scope and priorities for 2019. Denise de Waal, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General Health and Food Safety (DG Santé). Followed by questions and answers.

11.35 am: Joint Actions - Experience of being involved in a Joint Action, EU Joint Action-on Market Surveillance of Medical Devices (JAMS), Nicola Hickie, Regulatory and Policy Manager – Medical Devices, HPRA. Followed by questions and answers.
12.00 noon: Participation in the Annual Work plan 2019 and dissemination activities. Donata Meroni, Head of Health and Food Safety Unit, Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency, (Chafea), European Commission. Followed by questions and answers.

12.30 pm: European Reference Networks (ERNs), Mark Little, Professor of Nephrology and Consultant Nephrologist, Trinity College Dublin / Tallaght University and Beaumont Hospitals. Followed by questions and answers.

12.50 pm: ProACT - Integrated Technology Systems for ProACTive Patient Centred Care. (EU funded Horizon 2020 health project). John Dinsmore, Health Innovation Lead/Deputy Director, Trinity Centre for Practice & Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD. Followed by questions and answers.

13.10 pm: Lunch and Networking

Previous events

Joint Actions

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.


Help and support

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.

Kay Duggan-Walls
t 01 2345187
e kdugganwalls(at)

EU Public Health Programme overview

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