Call 2014: Operating grants
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 operating grants. Detailed information will be available then on the Chafea web-site.
For submitting a proposal for an operating grant 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 here.
Under the third Health Programme (2014-2020), the European Union can offer support to finance some of the core operating costs for non-governmental bodies that promote a health agenda in line with the Programme.
The purpose of an operating grant is to provide financial support towards the functioning of a body in its core activities - over a period that is equivalent to its accounting year - in order to carry out a set of activities.
The call for operating grants is open for applications by single bodies (not consortia).
To become a beneficiary of an operating grant 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).
Type of organisation
Eligible are non-governmental bodies or networks. They must be
- non-governmental, non-profit-making and independent of industry, commercial and business or other conflicting interests;
- working in the public health area, play an effective role in civil dialogue processes at Union level and pursue at least one of the specific objectives of the Programme;
- active at Union level and in at least half of the Member States, and have a balanced geographical coverage of the Union.
Applications for an operating grant of over EUR 100 000 must be accompanied by an external audit report produced by an approved auditor.
Operating grants can cover 60 percent of the body's expenditure involved in carrying out eligible activities.
In cases of exceptional utility, for activities offering significant European added value, the EU contribution can be 80 percent. The criteria for exceptional utility are defined in the annual work programme.
The financial contribution by the EU will cover a period of one financial year, starting according to the relevant national legislation.
The following general principles apply to funding for operating grants:
- Co-financing rule: external co-financing from a source other than EU funds, either by the beneficiary's own resources or financial resources of third parties is needed;
- 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.
If you have questions please contact the Chafea Helpdesk at CHAFEA-HP-CALLS@ec.europa.eu