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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.


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Events

08/07/2016 - 02:00
Brussels,

With the principle of research for better health for all at its core, Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 1 (SC1) related to Health Demographic Change and Wellbeing focuses on personalised health and care. Its updated Work Programme 2017 offers calls for proposals with an overall budget of about € 400 million.

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Multimedia

28/10/2015 - 11:22

Researchers from the EU-funded research project HELiCoiD have developed hyper-spectral imaging technologies which can help distinguish more accurately between healthy tissue and that affected by tumour. The prototype hyper-spectral camera has been tested during brain cancer surgery at Negrín Hospital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Spain. This non-invasive technology can provide more detailed information allowing real-time identification of healthy and affected tissue during brain surgery. Read more

20/06/2014 - 12:13

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. Read more

27/05/2014 - 17:51

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

News

04/03/2016 - 15:18

The “Brain Prize” is awarded to scientists who have made "an outstanding contribution to European neuroscience". The 2016 winners are Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris. Their research has focused on a brain mechanism known as ‘Long-Term Potentiation’ (LTP), which underpins the life-long plasticity of the brain. Their discoveries have revolutionised our understanding of how memories are formed, retained and lost. Read more

27/01/2016 - 01:00

Latest news on Future and Emerging Technologies research, funding opportunities in 2016, latest project news, reporting on workshops & conferences and future events. Read more

11/01/2016 - 12:17

An online networking tool is now available to proposers to find potential partners for proposing a project under the Horizon 2020 funding programme, topics 'ICT for Health, Wellbeing and Demographic Change' (Societal Challenge 1 or SC1). Read more

Project stories

16/03/2016 - 15:48

Genetic and molecular characteristics are often used to classify tumors because stratification is the first step towards individualized cancer medicine with the aim to find the optimal treatment for each patient. APERIM project now could prove that the immunologic environment in and around colorectal cancer even plays a greater role to stratify tumors than classification based on tumor (in)stability. Read more

26/02/2016 - 10:15

An EU-funded project is conducting groundbreaking research into a rare form of leukaemia, proving the effectiveness in patients of non-chemotherapy-based treatments that target the genetic cause of the disease. Read more

23/02/2016 - 17:30

Don't panic: severe soft tissue infections are extremely rare. But if you do develop one, you and your doctor need to act quickly. An EU-funded project is working on a powerful diagnostic tool that can help to spot these potentially fatal illnesses early. The team is also analysing patient records and samples from several countries to identify the best treatments. Read more

Publications

12/04/2016 - 12:57

For Horizon 2020, the Commission has a legal obligation to monitor continually and systematically its implementation, to report annually and to disseminate the results of this monitoring. The first Annual Monitoring Report under Horizon 2020 is a comprehensive publication encompassing the analysis of Horizon 2020 through its calls closed in 2014 Read more

25/09/2015 - 17:40

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s biggest ever programme for research and innovation, and it has got off to an excellent start. This brochure presents information on the first 100 calls for proposals that closed by 1 December 2014. Read more

24/09/2015 - 20:03

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. Almost €80 billion of funding is available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money will attract. This publication presents the full set of Key Performance and Cross-Cutting Issues Indicators for Horizon 2020, including those for the European Institute of Technology and EURATOM. Read more

Press Release

30/11/2015 - 17:59

In the face of this ongoing epidemic that has already claimed too many lives, and for which there is still no cure, the Commission remains at the forefront in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is done for example through funding research and innovation via Horizon 2020 where € 73 million have already been invested during the first two years of the programme. Read more

13/10/2015 - 18:51

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said: "Research and innovation are the engines of Europe's progress and vital to addressing today's new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe's top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens' lives." Read more

05/02/2015 - 16:40

With the support of the European Research Council (ERC) "Proof of Concept" grants, 59 researchers in Europe will now get the chance to turn their inventions into viable products. Read more

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