Horizon 2020
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

SC 1 Health, demographic change and wellbeing - Work Programme 2016-2017

The two-year work programme was published on 14 October 2015 and contains funding opportunities for health & well-being projects. An updated version, dated 9 March 2016, includes a topic addressing the urgent research gaps against the Zika virus and other emerging threats in Latin America. The work programme takes account of the political priorities of the European Union for now and the future.

The Work Programme 2016-2017 directly links with what has been successfully initiated in the years 2014-2015. The programme will implement several research priorities: Personalised medicine; rare diseases; human bio-monitoring; mental health; comparative effectiveness research; advanced technologies; eHealth/mHealth; robotics; patient empowerment; active and healthy ageing; data security; big data; valorisation; anti-microbial resistance; infectious diseases including vaccines; maternal and child health; and the silver economy.

In addition, Pilot 1 'Smart Living Environments for Ageing Well' of the focus area call on 'Internet of Things' is jointly implemented by the "Health, Demographic Change and Well-being" Societal Challenge and the "Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies Information and Communication Technologies" (ICT LEIT).

Demand-driven innovation in ICT for health and ICT for active and healthy ageing is covered by Pre-commercial Procurement and Public Procurement of Innovative solutions.  In addition, targeted support will be given to innovative SMEs in the sector of healthcare biotechnology and of ICT solutions for health, well-being and ageing well. The Fast Track to Innovation is a fully bottom-up activity which is open to projects from the Societal Challenge 1.

On top of that, consulting stakeholders has been an integral part of the programming process.

Societal Challenge 1 particularly considered the following inputs:


  • Advisory Group:

A large part of the input came from the document 'Advice for 2016/2017' of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Societal Challenge 1, "Health, Demographic Change and Well-being" (Adopted by the Advisory Group on 25 July 2014).
The document is based on the input for strategic orientations for 2016-2017 provided by the Commission (June 2014).

  • Targeted consultation of stakeholders (closed on 20 September 2014)

    The consultation was launched on 14 August 2014 and 260 replies were received by the deadline of 20 September 2014 by both European level associations and national level organisations such as individual companies, universities or research organisations.

    Respondents welcomed the opportunity to contribute to this strategic programming consultation.  Amongst the contributions there was a clear consensus on the need to consider ageing from cradle to grave, with a development approach; support for a main priority on personalised medicine and for the launch of an action on Human Bio-Monitoring

Furthermore the research activities and agendas of the European Joint Technology Initiative on Innovative Medicines (IMI-2); of the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), the Joint Programming Initiative on Demographic Change (More Years, Better Lives), the European Developing countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and of EIT-KIC Health and Active Ageing are taken into account to avoid overlaps and create synergies with the SC1 Work Programme.



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