Welcome to the Health Research website
EU funding and support helps health researchers to find new ways of preventing diseases, developing better diagnostics and more effective therapies, and taking up new models of care and technologies promoting health and wellbeing.
Health, demographic change and wellbeing
Responding to this societal challenge, research and innovation under the new Horizon 2020 framework programme is an investment in better health for all. During 2014-15 the EU will invest some €1,200 million in this challenge to
- improve our understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and disease
- enhance our ability to monitor health and to prevent, detect, treat and manage disease
- support older persons to remain active and healthy
- test and demonstrate new models and tools for health and care delivery
EU health research - inspiring collaboration
Working across borders, sharing knowledge and resources, and solving common problems are important principles and a key strength of EU health research and innovation - for everyone's greater benefit.
Depending on the problem which to be solved this can take a variety of forms:
The 2014/15 work programme of Horizon 2020 offers funding for the best international research and innovation teams to come up with real-life solutions for the 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing' challenge. Find out how to apply for funding on the Participant Portal and learn more about the almost 1000 projects funded from 2007-13 on CORDIS.
The Innovative Medicines Initiative brings together companies, universities, public laboratories, innovative SMEs, patient groups and regulators to pave the way for next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments, such as new antibiotics. It also helps secure the international competitiveness of Europe’s pharmaceutical industry.
The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) harnesses global expertise to fight poverty-related diseases. A large number of EU member states, associated European countries and Sub-Saharan African countries work together within this powerful initiative.
The Active and Assisted Living Programme supports market-oriented research and SMEs to improve the quality of life of older people through information and communication technologies. It works in tandem with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing to ensure dissemination of best practices.
One world, one team: health research is a global endeavour. The EU is teaming up with other world regions to solve common health challenges which are too big for any one country or world region to solve alone such as rare diseases, global pandemics or chronic diseases.