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H2020-PHC-2014-single-stageSub call of: H2020-PHC-2014-2015
Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 15-04-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €185,200,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Societal Challenges
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Improving the control of infectious epidemics and foodborne outbreaks through rapid identification of pathogens PHC-07-2014

Specific challenge: Human and animal health worldwide is increasingly threatened by potential epidemics caused by existing, new and emerging infectious diseases (including from antimicrobial resistant pathogens), placing a burden on health and veterinary systems, reducing consumer confidence in food, and negatively affecting trade, food chain sustainability and food security.


The increasing incidence and more rapid spread of such diseases are facilitated by modern demographic, environmental, technological, economic and societal conditions. Many of these infections are zoonoses, necessitating an integrated, cross-border, ‘one health’ approach to research and public health measures in the human and veterinary field, including the food chain.


Scope: Sequence based data of pathogens should be generated, stored and analysed in combination with clinical, microbiological, epidemiological, additional gene- and transcriptome-based analyses and other data (e.g.: differing  responses in women and men) for risk assessment (RA) in an appropriate information system for all sectors (public health, food, animal health).


Proposals should improve pathogen monitoring by rapid identification, comparison, and geographical mapping, including bio-tracing approaches. Proposals should include predictive models on RA, to identify ‘high-risk’ areas and disease-emergence patterns. Proposals should ensure links and consistency with existing networks and databases (TESSY, RASFF, EWRS, EFSA/ECDC[1] molecular testing database) and data protection requirements. Access to the system should be granted to relevant animal, food safety and human health service stakeholders.


Harmonised standards for sampling, sequencing, sex-disaggregated representative (meta-) data collection, management and sharing should be developed. Likewise, better management tools for authorities, businesses and citizens and risk communication tools for authorities should be developed. The cost effectiveness of the tools and methods should be assessed. Better understanding of outbreaks in regions with little or no surveillance systems, mass migration settings or post-disaster settings may require special attention for emerging and re-emerging pathogens. Proposals should cooperate with existing EU projects and international activities and those under development.


The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 15 and 20 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.


Expected impact: This should provide:

  • Better containment and mitigation of epidemics by competent authorities on the basis of a shared information system and global standards for rapid pathogen identification.
  • Consequent improved resource efficiency and reduction of economic impact of outbreaks (related to health care costs, market losses); facilitation of international trade, increasing competitiveness of European food and agricultural sector; reinforcement of food chain sustainability and enhancement of food security, reduced carbon footprint.
  • In line with the Union’s strategy for international cooperation[2] in research and innovation, proposals should contribute to implementing the ‘Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness’ and its objectives.

Type of action: Research and innovation actions

[1]             TESSY = The European surveillance system

RASFF = Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed

EWRS = Early Warning and Response System

EFSA = European Food Safety Authority

ECDC = European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


[2] COM(2012)497

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

    In recognition of the opening of the US National Institutes of Health’s programmes to European researchers, any legal entity established in the United States of America is eligible to receive Union funding to support its participation in projects supported under all topics in calls under the Societal Challenge ‘Health, demographic change and well-being’. 
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:
    -The thresholds for each criterion in a single stage process will be 4, 4 and 3. The cumulative threshold will be 12.
    - If a proposal fails to achieve the threshold for a criterion at any stage, the evaluation of the proposal will be stopped.
    - For the evaluation of topics PHC7 – 2014 and PHC8 – 2014, the Commission will organise hearings at stage 1 with applicants as part of the panel deliberations for all proposals above threshold.

    3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

  4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.
  5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
    Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.

  6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

    Research and Innovation Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    Annotated Model Grant Agreement

    For information, a pdf. template of the evaluation form for this topic is available on the call page under call documents.
  7. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

  8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 8. Health, demographic change and wellbeing en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
  • FAQ en
  • Evaluation form for H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage-topic 31 - RIA en
  • Evaluation form for H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage-topics 7-8-15-19-26 RIA en
  • Evaluation form for H2020-PHC-2014-single-stage CSA en
  • Essential information for clinical trials/studies/investigations en
  • Commission Decision_clinical study reimbursement based on unit costs en
  • A guide to ICT-related activities in WP2014-15 en

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