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Call 2016: Joint actions

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On 4 March 2016 the Joint Action 2016 invitation letter to nominate partners was sent to the EU Permanent Representations of the Member States and countries participating in the 3rd Health Programme.

The deadline for online submission of nominations was 16 June 2016.

In 2016 the following Joint Actions are identified:

  • JA-01-2016 - Quality of HIV/AIDS/STI, viral Hepatitis and tuberculosis prevention and linkage to care (€ 2 000 000 EU co-funding)
  • JA-02-2016 - Action on chronic diseases (€ 5 000 000 EU co-funding)
  • JA-03-2016 - Tobacco control (€ 2 000 000 EU co-funding)
  • JA-04-2016 - Antimicrobial resistance and Health Care Associated Infections(€ 4 000 000 EU co-funding)
  • JA-05-2016 - Authorisation of preparation processes in blood and tissues and cells (€ 800 000 EU co-funding)

More information:


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
  • Country participating in the 3rd Health Programme

Competent authorities from other countries can only participate as subcontractors or collaborating stakeholders, both participations do not require any nomination just informing the coordinator of the action..

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.

    Third Health Programme countries gross national income PDF
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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