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About the programme

On 21 March 2014, the Third Health Programme was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and is available in all EU official languages.

The programme has 4 overarching objectives:

  • Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the 'health in all policies' principle
  • Protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats
  • Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems
  • Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens

The Third EU Health Programme with a budget of € 449.4 million is the main European Commission instrument to implement the EU health strategy.

It is implemented by means of annual work plans which set out priority areas and the criteria for funding actions under the programme.

The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is entrusted by the European Commission to implement the Health Programme. This is mainly done through financing three types of different actions: projects, joint actions and operation grants. Those actions should have a special European dimension, meaning that a minimum of various partners of different European Countries have to be involved in the project plan.

Since 2014, the Call for Proposals under the Third Health Programme are being published in parallel at the webpages of Chafea as well as in the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal. The electronic submission and grant management system of the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal is furthermore used for the evaluation of proposals, the preparation and monitoring of grant agreements as well as for the technical and financial reporting. Therewith, Chafea ensures a complete electronic lifecycle for grants. The evaluation of proposals is done by external experts in the respective topic fields. Experts are invited to register for this tasks.

Proposals must respond to the priorities identified in the annual work programmes, implementing the Health Programme.

Furthermore the applicant must have to be legally established in:

  • one of the 28 EU member states
  • an EFTA country party to European Economic Area (Iceland, or Norway)

Organisations from other countries can only participate as subcontractors or collaborating stakeholders.

Please note: Financial support is not available for individuals. Only legally established organisations are able to apply (such as non-governmental organisations, public sector bodies, public administrations, universities, higher education establishments etc.). More information will be available in the call for proposals documents, once the calls are launched.

There are 4 additional principles which you have to know if you want to apply:

Co-financing rule: you need to have your own financial resources (or financial resources of third parties). The Chafea will subsidize between 60 or 80 percent of the eligible costs.
Non-profit rule: the grant may not have the purpose or effect of producing a profit
Non-retroactivity rule: you can get co-funding only for the costs incurred after the starting date
Non-cumulate rule: each action may give rise to the award of only one grant to any one beneficiary

The Third Health Programme was preceded by the two health programmes
1st HP (2003/2008) and 2nd HP (2008-2013)

Funding and Public Procurement

The Programme offers a wide variety of financing mechanisms:

1. Grants:

Satisfaction reports

Each year after the calls for proposals are closed, the Executive Agency performs a satisfaction survey among the applicants. A report, comparing the results of the satisfaction surveys from 2008 - 2013 can be found here pdf.

2. Public procurement:

Call for expressions of interest (CEI) for experts for the Health Programme