Public Health Programme

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 2019 call for project grants will launch soon


The 2019 call for project grants will launch soon.


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


Further information
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

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.


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)