Special features

Special features are pages on a specific topic which are created on occasions such as a world day or when there is a hot topic in the news

Research is an investment in our future and so it belongs at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. By coupling research and innovation the EU is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.

EU funding is playing a pivotal role in fixing some of the most important problems facing us right now.

24 March, world tuberculosis day

Approximately one third of the world's population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and 10% of these will develop TB during their lifetime. In the European Union, over 60 000 people a year contract TB. Find out how the EU is helping fight this disease.

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16 September, international day for the preservation of the ozone layer

Find out about the large coordinated research effort via the European Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development.

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6 October, UN world habitat day

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day.

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16 October, world food day

Where does the EU come into the picture? To mark World Food Day 2017, here is a quick look at some EU-funded research in the field of food, agriculture and the bioeconomy.

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4 February, world cancer day

Cancer is likely to remain one of the biggest killers of the 21st century. Under Horizon 2020 financial support is being provided. So far 272 projects have been funded for EUR 415 million. So what is the EU doing to fight it?

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28 February, World rare diseases day

More than 1 billion euro has been invested in research and innovation projects related to rare diseases

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