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Tackling the HIV epidemic resurgence in the European Union
About the programme

The second Health Programme ended on 31 December 2013. On 26 February the European Parliament adopted the Commission proposal for the establishment of the third Health Programme 2014-2020. The next step in the procedure is the adoption of the Programme by the Council.

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The Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is entrusted by the European Commission to implement the Health Programme. This is mainly done through financing four 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.
For receiving a European grant, projects generally have to contribute at least to one of the 4 main objectives of the third Health Programme (2014-2020):

  • strengthen action to promote health and prevent diseases;
  •  be better prepared to protect citizens against health emergencies and to coordinate action at European level to address them;
  •  increase the up-take of innovation in health; and
  •  improve people's access to medical expertise and information for specific conditions; and improve healthcare quality and patient safety.

Additional, 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, Liechtenstein or Norway)

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

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

More information on the 3rd Health Programme is available on the Directorate General for Health and Consumers website.

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

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