Health and structural funds

How to use the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for health?

Good health is vital to ensure the well-being and employability of the EU population, which is essential for economic growth and to maintain the EU’s high level of social protection.

The EU supports investments in public health and healthcare through the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).

Factsheet: Health investments by ESIF 2014-2020

2014-2020 ESIF funding in health

The document "Mapping on the use of ESIF in health" shows the actions that each Member State has planned to fund in health during the period 2014-2020.

This mapping contains an analysis of funding in health as presented in the Operational Programmes – both across the 28 EU Member States and in individual country fiches.

A summary information on the health investments from structural funds in the 2007-2013 programming period is also available, which was done on the basis of an earlier country and regional assessment.

Health actions eligible for ESIF funding

The Commission has published a Guide for Member States and potential beneficiaries on the areas ESIF 2014-2020 can support in the health sector:

  • Research and innovation in health, support to SMEs, e-health
  • Health promotion, active and healthy ageing, health at the workplace
  • Access to healthcare, addressing health inequalities, mental health
  • Transition from institution-based care to community-based care, including infrastructure and equipment investments
  • Healthcare systems’ capacities and reform for effective and sustainable care
  • Health workforce, health professionals’ education and lifelong training
  • Cross-border healthcare and cooperation between Member States and regions

Who manages ESIF?

EU Member States and the European Commission (DG REGIO - Regional and Urban Policy and DG EMPL - Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) are co-managers of the structural funds.

The Commission DG SANTE (Health and Food Safety) works closely with DG REGIO and DG EMPL on the use of ESIF for health investments.

The European Commission coordinates the funding modalities and thematic priorities with the Member States, which are then responsible for implementation of the investments at national level.

How to apply?

Member States, through delegated Managing Authorities, are responsible for the allocation and implementation of ESIF at the national level.

Beneficiaries from ESIF include public bodies, private sector organisations (especially small businesses), universities, NGOs and associations.

Potential beneficiaries should:

  • Consult the calls for proposals published by the Managing Authority(ies) of the country of interest
  • Send an application directly to the concerned Managing Authority.