Over the years of the 7th Framework Program (FP7), the eHealth Unit of the European Commission spent more than € 434 million, funding a total of 99 research projects. Researchers from the UK received the most resources.

The annual StReAM monitoring report 2012 (published June 2013) reveals some key facts on research in the field of eHealth:

  • ICT for Health accounts for 7% of the total FP7 funding allocated over the period 2007 - 2012;
  • 99 projects, which comprise of a total of 1,188 participating organisations, have been granted funding;
  • Compared to the average figures for the general ICT Theme of FP7, the strategic objective of eHealth shows a higher percentage of large scale integrating collaborative projects (IPs), which account for 43% of participating organisations and 53% of funding;
  • Governmental organisations account for slightly more than half of the total funding;
  • In absolute terms, the UK is the main recipient in terms of funding (14.5%), followed by Germany with 14%. Greece also has a strong performance in this area performing fifth among the top 5 beneficiary countries;
  • The top recipient for this strategic objective is the Fraunhoefer Institute followed by Philips, the University of Oxford, the University College London and the Greek foundation for research and technology.

The seventh research framework program (FP7) ends this year. The next framework program, Horizon 2020, with a total budget of € 80 billion from 2014 to 2020, will continue the good work on innovation, multi-disciplinary collaborations, societal challenges and scaling-up.

Source: StReAM Report