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EU funding updates - January 2024

Information on the Horizon Europe and the EU4 Health research programmes, including new funding calls, opening dates and upcoming deadlines.

Applications in progress

Horizon Europe Health Cluster

First stage results of the 2024 two-stage calls from the Health Cluster Work Programme have been announced.

For successful first-stage proposals, the deadline for submission of full proposals is the 11 April 2024 (4.00 pm Irish time).


Open calls

EU for Health


1. Single Framework Contracts to support training programmes and tabletop exercises on preparedness and response to cross-border health threats including medical countermeasures. HADEA/2023/OP/0039 Total estimated value €25.0 million. Deadline 2 February 2024.

  • Lot 1 Design and delivery of training courses and development of eLearning (€16.0 million)
  • Lot 2 Design and delivery of simulation exercises (€9.0 million)

2. Capacity Building to Support the Uptake of Biosimilars in a Multistakeholder Approach. HADEA/2023/OP/0040 Estimated value €1.5 million. Deadline 9 February 2024.

3. Study on the Quality of Life of Cancer Patients and Survivors. HADEA/2023/OP/0038 Estimated value €1.5 million. Deadline 1 March 2024.

4. Building Capacity and Knowledge for the Implementation of the EU Health Technology Assessment Regulation. HADEA/2023/OP/0032 Estimated value €1.0 million. Deadline 13 March 2024.


Horizon Europe Health cluster

The Health Cluster Work Programme for 2023 / 2024 (PDF download 2MB) is published.

Health Cluster 2024 Single Stage call topics are open and will close on 11 April 2024 (4.00 pm Irish time).

Call topics are divided into Destinations and include:


Destination 3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden

HORIZON-HLTH-2024-DISEASE-08-12: Pandemic preparedness and response: Maintaining the European partnership for pandemic preparedness.

HORIZON-HLTH-2024-DISEASE-08-20: Pandemic preparedness and response: Host-pathogen interactions of infectious diseases with epidemic potential.


Destination 5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society

HORIZON-HLTH-2024-TOOL-11-02: Bio-printing of living cells for regenerative medicine.


Destination 6. Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry

HORIZON-HLTH-2024-IND-06-08: Developing EU methodological frameworks for clinical/performance evaluation and post-market clinical/performance follow-up of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs).

HORIZON-HLTH-2024-IND-06-09: Gaining experience and confidence in New Approach Methodologies (NAM) for regulatory safety and efficacy testing – coordinated training and experience exchange for regulators.


European Innovation Council (EIC)

The European Commission adopted the 2024 work programme of the European Innovation Council (PDF download 1.3 MB).

EIC Pathfinder for multi-disciplinary research teams to undertake visionary research with the potential to lead to technology breakthroughs (grants up to €4 million). Submission deadline: 7 March 2024.

EIC Transition to turn research results into innovation opportunities, following up on results generated by EIC Pathfinder projects, European Research Council Proof of Concept projects and open for the first time to project results from Horizon collaborative projects from Pillar 2/ societal challenges (grants up to €2.5 million). Submission deadline: 18 September 2024.

EIC Accelerator for start-ups and SMEs to develop and scale up innovations with the potential to create new markets or disrupt existing ones (grants below €2.5 million, investments from €0.5 to €15 million). Submission deadline: Short applications, any time; Full applications: 13 March 2024 and 3 October 2024.

EIC Health Challenges

Monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics for new variants of emerging viruses.

Detailed on page 92 of the EIC work program for 2024.

Submission deadline: Short applications, any time; Full applications: 13 March 2024 and 3 October 2024.


Upcoming calls



  • Speed up the development, availability and access to anti-tuberculosis medicines for children. HADEA/2023/OP/0052 - PIN (Est. value €5 million)

Further calls are expected throughout 2024 in the areas of crisis preparedness, health promotion & disease prevention, cancer, health systems & healthcare workforce and digital.

The indicative budget for 2024 is €752.4 million.


Horizon Europe Health Cluster

Innovative Health Initiative (IHI). The topics under Innovative Health Initiative – call 6 and 7 have been drafted and indicative text is published.


IHI call 6 (two-stage)

  1. Support healthcare system resilience through a focus on persistency in the treatment of chronic diseases.
  2. Development of practical guidance and recommendations for using real world data/real world evidence in healthcare decision-making.


IHI call 7 (single-stage)

  1. Improving clinical management of heart disease from early detection to treatment.
  2. User-centric technologies and optimised hospital workflows for a sustainable healthcare workforce.
  3. Clinical validation of biomarkers for diagnosis, monitoring disease progression and treatment response.


Cancer Mission 2024

Cancer mission 2024 work programme is under development and calls will open in April 2024 and close in September 2024.

For further details, please contact Health NCP Irene Castellano (email:


See also the HRB website for general information on the Horizon Europe and EU4Health programmes.