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Science at the service of Europe


Initiatives for a healthier Europe

This activity helps improve European and global health and the competitiveness of European health-related industries and businesses.

EU funding in 2012
€ 970.84 million

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Health research contributes to the Europe 2020 Flagship Initiatives "Innovation Union" and "Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era".

A pilot scheme for SMEs was implemented during 2012, receiving more than 15% of the total budget of the 2012 call. The first inducement prize on breakthrough innovations in vaccines was launched and expressions of interest have come from academia, SMEs and larger companies. These calls help advance the goals of Horizon 2020.

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) achieved results on drug toxicity, pain research and the genetic basis of autism. In 2012 the Commission drew up a legislative proposal for a new PPP under Horizon 2020 that would build on the current IMI. To meet this objective, the Commission launched an online public consultation and various other consultation forums. In addition, Member States that are participating in the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) published a business plan for the period 2014 to 2024.