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The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

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Health

Health is wealth, as the old saying goes.

Many challenges need to be met to grant everybody’s legitimate wish for a long, happy and healthy life. Chronic and infectious diseases, pandemic threats and antimicrobial resistance are on the rise. Also, the side effects of an ageing population will need to be addressed - the number of people in the EU aged over 65 will have grown by 70% by 2050.

European research and innovation in health helps to tackle these challenges. It is an investment in our health and, on a larger scale, an investment in a healthy workforce, a healthy economy and lower public health bills.

The return on this investment will be finding new ways to prevent diseases, developing better diagnostics and more effective therapies, as well as taking up new models of care and new technologies promoting health and wellbeing. New technologies could keep older people active and independent for longer and help European health and care systems to remain sustainable.

Finally, European research and innovation in health is about working together across borders, sharing each other's knowledge and resources and improving our health and care system together.


Search for funding opportunities related to health in the Participant Portal.

Events

23/09/2014
Brussels,

Demographic ageing in Europe and beyond creates challenges for our health and care systems and our national budgets. But it also creates enormous opportunities. The Silver Economy is the new gold, Silicon Valley gurus tell us. Large new public and consumer markets of ICT products and services for ageing well are developing. Our ageing populations are drivers of economic growth. In this light, the European Commission is organising the event 'Growing the Silver Economy in Europe' to discuss how to best grow a large scale Silver Economy in Europe. Read more

Multimedia

27/05/2014

This short video animation will guide you through the first steps you will need to take to apply to Horizon 2020. Read more

27/05/2014

Find out more about Horizon 2020 in this three minute animation clip which will give you a general overview of the programme specifics. Read more

13/02/2014

In this video Paul Timmers (Director of Sustainable and Secure Society in DG Connect) speaks about the funding opportunities in ICT for societal challenges in the recently launched Horizon 2020 framework programme. This is the first video of a series of 7 each one explaining more in detail the funding opportunities for different societal challenges. Read more

News

07/07/2014

Vigi’Fall received Gold Medal at the Paris international Concours Lépine, which rewards the most promising inventions of the 2014 edition. Read more

16/04/2014

14 European countries and Canada have adopted a Strategic Research Agenda as a first milestone of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “More Years, Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change”. While ageing is the principal focus of the work of the JPI, the research agenda also addresses the wider picture of demographic change: factors like fertility rates, rural depopulation, and migration are all significant issues. Furthermore, some of the problems, especially in health and social care, which arise in later life, could be prevented by interventions earlier in the lifecourse. The Agenda has a particular focus on the kinds of research that can inform policy. JPIs enable member countries to coordinate their research on specific societal challenges more closely. The JPI "More Years, Better Lives" is now preparing the implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda. The success of the initiative requires active participation of national governments and funding agencies with joint activities such as joint calls as well as alignment of their respective research policies and programmes. Read more

01/04/2014

The International Organisation of Standards has recently released the latest standards for care robotics. The standards define the requirements for safe design of personal care robots with an emphasis on mobile servant robots, physical assistant robots and person carrier robots that aim to improve quality of life of the user, irrespective of age or capabilities. The standards outline hazards with the use of these types of bots, with the requirements and guidelines attempting to reduce risk and hazards at least to an acceptable level. Read more

Project stories

23/06/2014

Type 1 diabetes results from abnormal activity of the body's immune system and it is on the rise in European children and adolescents. A European research project aims to find out why the cleanliness long assumed to be the best defence against this disease could actually be the cause of it. Read more

23/06/2014

Lung infections are one of the most common illnesses to potentially endanger the lives of prematurely born children. Babies born before their term can frequently suffer from Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity (CLD) or Broncho-pulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), and clinicians treating these infants might be forced to use drugs that are meant for use with older children and adults, but whose effects with neo-natal patients are unknown. The European Union (EU)-funded research project TINN2 seeks to solve this problem. Read more

18/06/2014

The overall aim of the Robot-Era project (Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and intelligent Environments in real scenarios for the ageing population) is to develop an advanced, three-tier robotic system that can improve quality of life and care for elderly people and facilitate independent living. Read more

Publications

10/12/2013

This publication presents the results of a group of more than sixty experts. With concrete case studies, the report shows that gender differences, in terms of needs, behaviours and attitudes, play an important role in research design/content, and hence, the societal relevance and quality of research outcomes. It also reveals that these differences may vary over time and across different sectors of society, thus requiring gender specific analyses. The report provides tools and guidance that will be useful to researchers when preparing proposals for Horizon 2020. Further case studies from EU and international research can be found on the Gendered Innovations website, which was created in cooperation with Stanford University.

 

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