EU Health Award

2020 EU Health Award - Call on Vaccination

Rewarding initiatives of NGOs, schools and kindergartens seeking to promote vaccination in children (from 0 to 18 years old)

Vaccines save lives

Submission deadline: 16 September 2020 at 11.00 in the morning, CET, Brussels time.

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Today, more than 100 million children worldwide are vaccinated annually against diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, tuberculosis, polio, measles, and hepatitis B. Vaccines are also tools that protect against infection by, for instance, the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause certain types of cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccination prevents an estimated 2-3 million deaths worldwide each year and reduces disease-specific treatment costs, including antimicrobial treatments.

Therefore, the European Commission has decided to dedicate one of the two calls under the 2020 EU Health Award to initiatives of NGOs, schools and kindergartens that contributed or are contributing to a higher level of public health in the European Union by promoting vaccination in children (from 0 to 18 years old). Practices submitted under this call must not have ended before 1 January 2017. These initiatives may have already ended or may still be ongoing at the time of the launch of the call for applications.

Several EU and neighbouring countries are currently facing unprecedented outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases due to insufficient vaccination coverage rates. The waning of public confidence in vaccination, geographical differences in accessibility and the rise of disinformation on vaccination all present major challenges for public health experts. The European Commission and EU Member States are united in their goals to fight disinformation, build confidence in vaccines and ensure equitable access to vaccines for all EU citizens.

Children’s attitudes and knowledge towards vaccination from a young age very much shape their attitudes and knowledge when they grow up, which has a direct impact on their future behaviour regarding vaccinating themselves and their children.

Understanding vaccines and promoting them could be a motor of change for their families. Promoting vaccination days or vaccination campaigns at school could also help to increase vaccination coverage in some areas or for some vaccines with lower uptake.

The European Commission invites NGOs, schools and kindergartens based in the European Union to answer the call for proposals on vaccination under the 2020 EU Health Award, providing details of their successful initiatives that have shown tangible results.

Three initiatives per category will be shortlisted and each of them will receive a prize:

  • Prizes for the category NGOs:
    1. First winner: EUR 50 000
    2. Second winner: EUR 30 000
    3. Third winner: EUR 20 000
  • Prizes for the category SCHOOLS and KINDERGARTENS:
    1. First winner: EUR 50 000
    2. Second winner: EUR 30 000
    3. Third winner: EUR 20 000

The EU Health Award is funded under the 3rd Health Programme 2014-2020.

Award Ceremony at the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting

Representatives from all shortlisted initiatives will be invited to the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting where the two calls under the 2020 EU Health Award on healthy lifestyles and vaccination will be presented.

  • City category: maximum 5 representatives per shortlisted city will be invited and reimbursed for their travel and accommodation expenses.
  • NGO category: maximum 5 representatives per shortlisted NGO will be invited and reimbursed for their travel and accommodation expenses.
  • School and kindergarten category: maximum 2 representatives and maximum 10 children per shortlisted school or kindergarten will be invited and reimbursed for their travel and accommodation expenses.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to join the EU Health Policy Platform to follow up on the 2020 EU Health Award and to engage in discussions on health issues of common interest with international, European, national and regional stakeholders and the European Commission. The link to the Platform is https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/

Submit your proposal on vaccination

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 EU Health Award and your dedication to improving public health. Here are some tips for successfully navigating the submission process.

  • Application language and translations: Applications may be submitted in any official language of the European Union. However, in order to facilitate the evaluation process, it is recommended to submit the proposals in English.
  • Save your draft application: The submission form can be saved at any time of the process by clicking on "save as draft" on the right side of the submission page. Larger documents of over 1MB need to be uploaded in parts, each under 1MB in size. Once submitted, you can print or get your submission form in pdf by putting in your email address.
  • Do not wait until the last day to submit your application as you may encounter some difficulties reducing the size of the requested pdf documents.
  • Frequently asked questions are regularly posted under the “News” tab of this website. If you don’t find what you are looking for there, we would be happy to help you at sante-hpp@ec.europa.eu
  • Check the evaluation criteria: Before submitting, please check that you are not at any risk of being disqualified for any reason that is clearly listed under the “Criteria” tab of this website.

Please submit your initiative by filling in this submission form.

Submission deadline: 16 September 2020 at 11.00 CET (morning), Brussels time. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.