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Frequently Asked Questions


How are the responsibilities between Chafea and DG SANTE divided?
The DG SANTE is responsible for the health policy of the European Union. The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is entrusted by the European Commission to implement the Health Programme.
Can Chafea be asked for legal action against the health policy at European or national level?

No, Chafea has no legal basis to initiate legal actions against the health policy of Member States (or either the Commission). The main task of Chafea is to implement EU programmes (including the second Health Programme 2007-13) but does not have any competence to act in case of questions relating to the health policy. The competence of the European Union in the area of public health is defined in Article 168 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union: the health policy of the Member States belongs to their national competence and therefore the actions of the EU shall complement them.

Does Chafea support national projects?

Chafea only awards grants for projects with a European dimension. The transnational character of the proposed actions, covering the EU/EEA Member States and Croatia is a main criterion for this. To receive funds which focus on the national level, please check the funding opportunities under the Structural Funds which are allocated by the Member States to regional and local level.

Does Chafea offer Trainee or Internships?

Chafea offers Traineeships through the official Traineeship programme of the European Commission (Blue-Book).

Which countries can participate in the Call for proposals?

In addition to the 28 Member States of the European Union, the call is also open to the EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland and Norway) on the basis of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Eligible entities from these countries can receive funding from the third Health Programme.

Entities from third countries, like acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a pre-accession strategy, neighbouring countries and the countries which, have a bilateral agreement with the European Union, in accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No 282/2014 on the establishment of a third Health Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020) can also participate, provided that the necessary agreements are in place.

Currently, none of the above mentioned third countries has signed the necessary agreements to be considered as eligible for funding under the current Call for proposals for projects.

However, collaboration with the above third countries not participating in the Programme should be facilitated. This should not involve funding from the Programme. Nevertheless, travel and subsistence expenses for experts invited from or travelling to such countries can be considered eligible costs in duly justified, exceptional cases, where this directly contributes to the objectives of the Programme.

What does "European added value" mean?

European added value refers to the European dimension of the problem and of the project. Projects funded within the EU Health Programme are expected to contribute to solving problems at the European level, and the expected impact of co-ordinating the work at European level should be greater than the sum of the impacts of national activities. The EU added value of proposals for projects and other funding mechanisms will be assessed by looking at their relation to the existing EU policies in the field of public health and in other policy fields, and by checking whether they do not duplicate actions that can be taken at Member State level. The proposal therefore should have a precise technical dimension, which is then reflected in an appropriate geographical context: countries involved need to bring in specific competencies or target groups or both.

Seven important ways to add "EU value" to an action are the following:

  • Implementing EU legislation with the objective to ensure that legislation is correctly implemented
  • Economies of scale with the objective to save money and to provide better service to citizens;
  • Promotion of best practice with the objective to grant to all citizens the benefit from state of the art best practice and to ensure capacity building where necessary;
  • Benchmarking for decision making with the objective to facilitate evidence based decision making, focusing on real time data available for comparison and on indicators with a real impact on decision making;
  • Cross border threats with the objective to reduce risks and mitigate consequences of health threats;
  • Free movement of persons with the objective to ensure high quality Public Health across EU Member States taking into account patients crossing borders, migration issues and Brain drain - movement of workers across Europe;
  • Networking activities that are a side effect of all other actions.
What kind of funding is relevant for universities?

Universities can apply for project grants and can participate in calls for tenders. Moreover, universities can also be awarded grants for conferences if they are considered public or non-profit making bodies under the law of the Member State where they are established, or for operating grants e.g. as a leader of a network in case they fulfil the criteria in Annex III of the work plan 2014.

Are there Helpdesks in the individual MS where you can get information on the Call?

Yes, in a few countries there are. Please ask your National Focal Point about the situation in your country.