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Call 2014: Joint actions

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7 November 2014
Luxembourg (LU)
Actions co-financed with Member State Authorities
[ Joint Actions ]

On 26 February 2014 the European Parliament adopted the third Health Programme. The next step in the procedure is the adoption of the Programme by the Council. After this, the 2014 work programme to implement the third Health Programme will be published. It will provide more information about the funding instrument "Joint Action".

Joint Actions have a clear EU added value  and are co-financed by the competent authorities that are responsible for health in the Member States or in the third countries participating in the Programme or by public sector bodies and non-governmental bodies, mandated by those competent authorities.

Who can apply?

Country eligibility

To receive EU financial support for a Joint Action, i.e. to be a coordinator or other beneficiary, the authority needs to be legally established in:

  • The European Union (any of the 28 Member States), or
  • An EFTA country, party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway).

Competent authorities from other countries can only participate as subcontractors or collaborating partners in projects.

How much co-funding?

EU contribution is 60 percent of the total eligible cost, in cases of exceptional utility it is 80 percent. The criteria for exceptional utility are defined in the annual work programme.

Exceptional utility

Joint Actions co-funded under the third Health Programme may receive a co-funding of 80% of the total eligible cost for the action, if they are deemed to be of exceptional utility towards achieving the objectives of the Programme. To receive 80% of co-funding, Joint Action applications must comply with the criteria set out below:

  1. At least 30 % of the budget of the proposed action is allocated to Member States whose gross national income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90 % of the Union average. This criterion intends to promote the participation from Member States with a low GNI.
  2. Bodies from at least 14 participating countries participate in the action, out of which at least four are countries whose gross national income (GNI) per inhabitant is less than 90 % of the Union average. This criterion promotes wide geographical coverage and the participation of Member State authorities from countries with a low GNI.

    Note: for the purpose of the 2014 Joint Actions, Member States “with a low GNI” are the following: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
General principles

The following general principles apply to funding for joint actions:

  • Co-financing rule: you need to have your own financial resources or financial resources of third parties to contribute to the costs of the project;
  • Non-profit rule: the grant may not have the purpose or effect of producing a profit for you;
  • Non-retroactivity rule: you can get co-funding only for the costs incurred after the starting date stipulated in the grant agreement;
  • Non-cumulative rule: each action may give rise to the award of only one grant to any one beneficiary (you can not get paid twice for the same cost).
Partners across Europe

Proposals should provide a genuine European dimension in order to make sense both technically and in terms of policy. Depending on the scope of the action, previous joint action involved on average 25 partners.


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