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Call 2014: Projects

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How to apply

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. Once it is there, Chafea will launch calls for proposals for projects. Detailed information will be available then on the Chafea web-site.

For submitting a proposal for a project the electronic submission system of the HORIZON 2020 Programme will be used. More information will be available when the call is launched.

If your organization is not in the electronic registration system for the FP 7 / HORIZON 2020 and other Programmes i.e. you do not have a 9-digit PIC-number (participant identification code), please register.

The calls for proposals for projects are now closed. The deadline was 25 September 2014.

Presentations of the InfoDay on the implementation of the 3rd Health Programme in 2014

New in 2014: electronic submission of proposals via the Electronic Exchange System of the EU Research & Innovation Participant Portal. All necessary documents can be found there.

Calls for Proposals under the Health Programme

Call for applications 2014 - Third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020) PDF

Who can apply?

Country eligibility

To receive EU financial support for a project, i.e. to be a coordinator or other beneficiary, the organisation 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).

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

Type of organisation

Legally established organisations can be awarded, including, public authorities, public sector bodies, in particular research and health institutions, universities and higher education establishments. They can submit a project proposal as the coordinator or participate as other beneficiary.

How much co-funding?

Normally 60 percent of the eligible costs of the project can be covered by the EU contribution. Given the complementary and motivational nature of EU grants, at least 40 percent of project costs must be funded from partners' sources such as staff costs pertaining to national officials and other external resources.

In cases of exceptional utility, projects can receive 80 percent co-financing of eligible costs. The criteria for exceptional utility are defined in the annual work programme.

Please note that overheads (indirect costs) are not eligible for the applicants receiving an operating grant from the Union budget during the period in question.

Exceptional utility

Projects 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, the project proposals must comply with the criteria set out below:

  1. At least 60 % of the total budget of the action must be used to fund staff. This criterion intends to promote capacity building for development and implementation of effective health policies.
  2. 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 of health actors from Member States with a low GNI.

    Note: for the purpose of the calls for proposals for projects 2014, 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.
  3. The proposal must demonstrate excellence in furthering public health in Europe and a very high EU added value.
General principles

The following general principles apply to funding for projects:

  • 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 cannot get paid twice for the same cost).

All projects should:

  • provide high added value at EU level,
  • involve at least three partners (separate legal entities)  from different countries
  • be innovative, and
  • normally last no longer than three years.

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