3rd EU Health: Health for Growth

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Level of Financing (Eu Co-Financing Rate); 60% (up to 80% in exceptional cases, such as for Member States with a low Gross National Income participating in joint actions)

Financial Mechanisms;

• Actions with MS competent authorities (joint actions) (invited procedure for direct awarding)

• Projects (call for proposals - grants)

• Work of NGOs and Networks (call - operating grants)

• Cooperation with International Organisations (direct grants)

Standard Eligibility Conditions; 

For the Grants; Participation is open to a wide range of organisations, including:

Public authorities

Public sector bodies, in particular research and health institutions

Universities and higher education establishments


Operational Grants; Non-governmental bodies holding a Framework Partnership Agreement for the period 2018-2021. No call for proposals will be organized in 2019 as a result of the conclusion of FPAs. FPA recipients being eligible for a specific grant agreement (SGA) (‘operating grant’) will be invited to submit an application for an SGA to cover their operating costs for 2020. This will include the annual work programme and the budget. Operating grants (SGA) are calculated based on eligible costs incurred. The maximum rate for EU co-financing is 60 %. However, this may rise to 80 % if a proposal meets the criteria for exceptional utility.

A project proposal must be submitted by at least 3 different legal entities from 3 different eligible countries. Nevertheless, specific Call for Proposal should be checked. Projects are usually 18 to 36 months.


Additional Information: Pre-Financing options (payment and guarantee) is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants).

The co-funding is meant for a future project. Running projects cannot be supported

Tips for Applicants; 

  • For the year 2019, Priority areas;

(1) Country specific and cross-country knowledge;

(2) Cross border health threats, preparedness and response, including antimicrobial resistance and vaccination;

(3) Structural support to health systems and link to digital single market;

(4) Promotion of health and prevention of non-communicable diseases.

  • Added Value in the Programme;

Given the fact that the responsibility for defining health policies lies with Member States (Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union) the concept of European added value has been developed to assess subsidiarity in areas which are beyond the scope of EU exclusive competencies, and prioritize action at EU level. The European added value assessment can be applied at different stages of the Programme in order to: (1) support the definition of Programme actions to be set out in the annual work programme; (2) help evaluators during the selection process; (3) assess final project results and (4) evaluate ex-post the impact of the Programme.

  • Simplification measures have been taken for rules and procedures including the use of electronic tools for the submission and evaluation of proposals, the management of grants, e-monitoring and e-reporting.

Programme Details

General objectives of the program; To Improve the health of EU citizens and reduce health inequalities, Encourage innovation in health and increase sustainability of health systems, Focus on themes that address current health issues across Member States andSupport and encourage cooperation between Member States.

The EU Health Programme outlines the strategy for ensuring good health and healthcare. It feeds into the overall Europe 2020 strategy which aims to make the EU a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy promoting growth for all – one prerequisite for which is good health. The Programme is focusing on major Commission priorities, such as:

  • Jobs, growth and investment (health of population and health care services as a productive factor for growth and jobs)
  • Internal market (for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cross-border health care directive, and Health Technology Assessment)
  • Single digital market (including eHealth)
  • Justice and fundamental rights (fighting against health inequalities)
  • Migration policy
  • Security (preparedness and management of serious cross border health threats).

The Health for Growth Programme is the third action supporting the objectives of the EU’s Health strategy. The general objectives of the Health for Growth Programme shall be to work with Member States to encourage innovation in healthcare and increase the sustainability of health systems, to improve the health of the EU citizens and protect them from cross-border health threats. The Programme provides possibilities to build and strengthen cooperation mechanisms and coordination processes between Member States with a view to identifying common tools and best practices that create synergies, bring EU added value and lead to economies of scale, thus supporting reform under challenging circumstances.

It focuses on four specific objectives with a strong potential for economic growth through better health:

• Objective 1: To contribute to the creation of innovative and sustainable health systems (48% of the budget).

• Objective 2: To increase access to better and safer healthcare for all EU citizens (22% of the budget).

• Objective 3: To promote good health and prevent diseases by addressing the key risk factors of most diseases, namely smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity (21% of the budget).

• Objective 4: To protect people from cross-border health threats (9% of the budget).

Programme provide support for following actions;

•           Contributing to innovative and sustainable health systems.

•           Increasing access to better and safer healthcare for citizens.

•           Promoting good health and preventing diseases.

•           Protecting citizens from cross border health threats.

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