EU Health Award

2020 EU Health Award - Criteria

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The Financial Regulation[1] (in particular Article 206) is applicable for the implementation of the Health Programme.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of four categories of criteria:

  1. Eligibility criteria, to assess the applicant’s eligibility;
  2. Exclusion criteria (Articles 136 (1), 141 (1), and 207 (1) of the Financial Regulation);
  3. Selection criteria, to assess the ability of the applicant;
  4. Award criteria, to assess the quality of the proposal.


The applicant has been engaged or is currently engaged in either promoting vaccination in children from 0 to 18 years old (NGOs, schools and kindergartens) or promoting healthy lifestyles for children from 6 to 18 years old (cities and schools) and is:

  • A) a city which has more than 30 000 inhabitants. In countries where there is no city with more than 30 000 inhabitants, the largest city is eligible to apply.
    A “city” is understood to be an urban area, including metropolitan areas, larger urban zones and conurbations, and is understood as an administrative unit governed by a city council or another form of democratically-elected body;
  • B) or, a legally established non-governmental body that is non-profit-making and independent from industry, and without commercial and business or other conflicting interests.
  • C) or, a kindergarten, primary and/or secondary education school.
    A “kindergarten” is understood as a school and early childhood education and care (ECEC) facility where children below the age of compulsory education (from 0 to 7 years old) play and learn, and get ready for the first year of formal education. This broad category includes garderies, crèches, preschools, day/school nurseries, early years’ education and other such programmes, the names of which may vary in different Member States.
  • D) The applicant acts at International, European, national, regional or local level.
  • E) Only applications from entities established in one the following countries are eligible:
    1. EU Member States[2];
    2. Iceland and Norway;
    3. Countries which have a bilateral agreement with the European Union, in accordance with Article 6 of Regulation (EU) No 282/2014 on the establishment of a third Health Programme for the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020)[3]. Currently Serbia, Moldova and Bosnia-Herzegovina have a bilateral agreement with the European Union. Please check the Commission website for an updated list of countries.



  • F) Only applications from single applicants are acceptable (with or without partners).
  • G) The application must be submitted no later than the deadline referred to in point 2 of the Rules of the Award.
  • H) The application must be submitted using the application form from the EU Health Award page of the Public Health Website, accessible via the submission page of the call on healthy lifestyles and the call on vaccination.
  • I) The application must be complete: all compulsory fields of the application form must be filled in.
  • J) 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 initiatives in English.
  • K) Each applicant can only submit one application per call. If an applicant submits more applications, only the latest application will be considered.


To participate, applicants must not be in one of the situations referred to  in Articles 136, 141 (1), and 207(1) of the Financial Regulation.


The initiatives submitted under the two calls of the 2020 EU Health Award targeting children from 0 to 18 years old under the vaccination call and from 6 to 18 years old under the healthy lifestyles call must include at least one of the following actions:

Healthy lifestyles call

  1. Promotion of healthy lifestyles in general: advocacy, awareness raising, other campaigns and actions, training, education.
  2. Promotion of a healthy diet: healthy dietary patterns are characterised by high consumption of fruits and vegetables, consumption of fish and by giving preference to low-fat dairy products, whole grains, lean meat and poultry and using vegetable oils as replacement of solid fats where possible, following relevant national dietary guidelines/nutrition recommendations.
  3. Promotion of physical activity: providing incentives and promoting an optimal level of healthy physical activity, development of healthy environments, stimulating physical activity including appropriate urban planning, providing more green urban spaces, promoting health-enhancing physical activity and improving healthy transport infrastructure.
  4. Awareness raising and information on healthy body weight, defined as a normal body mass index (BMI).
  5. Smoking prevention measures and measures that support quitting smoking.
  6. Prevention measures to reduce alcohol-related harm, including actions aiming at both the prevention and reduction of alcohol consumption.

Vaccination call

  1. Access: availability of vaccines and access to sustainable immunisation services.
  2. Awareness and information: promoting vaccination knowledge/advocacy targeting parents, teachers, healthcare professionals.
  3. Tackling vaccination from a specific disease perspective (e.g. Human Papilloma virus HPV, seasonal flu, childhood immunisation).
  4. Advocacy and promotion: provide information on vaccines and vaccination, encourage checking the vaccination status, vaccination campaigns for kids between 0 and 12 years old, encouraging teenagers to uptake the vaccines that are given between 12 and 18 years old, encouraging them to talk to their families about vaccines/vaccination, promoting the vaccination card.


Only applications meeting the eligibility, exclusion and selection criteria will be further assessed based on the award criteria.  A maximum of 100 points (20 points per criterion) will be awarded.

Technical quality and contextual relevance

Sub-criteria that are taken into account in the assessment:

  1. Relevance of the actions in view of the objectives of the call: the initiative is relevant to the topic of the concerned call under the 2020 EU Health Award, either on healthy lifestyles or vaccination.
  2. Effectiveness and impact: the initiative contributes to encourage a healthy lifestyle or vaccination in children and includes clear, realistic and measurable impact indicators. Any other evidence or appropriate indicators, if available, would be considered as an asset.
  3. Transferability: the initiative could be duplicated – with necessary adaptations - in other Member States or at EU level. Effective methodology should be presented in the initiative. Lessons learnt might be of added value to other NGOs, cities, schools, kindergartens, governmental bodies and the European public health community.
  4. Sustainability: the initiative could be prolonged without the need for considerable additional resources.
  5. Innovation and creativity: the initiative has an innovative and/or creative approach with regard to the target audience, the educational processes carried out and/or the way the outcomes are put to use.  

Following the evaluation, only three proposals per call with the highest scores in their category (cities and schools and kindergartens, and NGOs and schools respectively) will be considered as shortlisted. The EU Health Award high-level jury will select the winning initiative among those three shortlisted under each call.


[1] Regulation (EU, Euratom) 2018/1046 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, repealing Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012

[2] ‘For UK applicants: Please be aware that following the entry into force of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement(*) on 1 February 2020 and in particular Articles 127(6), 137 and 138, the references to natural or legal persons residing or established in a Member State of the European Union are to be understood as including natural or legal persons residing or established in the United Kingdom. UK residents and entities are therefore eligible to participate under this call.

(*)Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’

[3] Regulation (EU) No 282/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 on the establishment of a third Programme for the Union's action in the field of health (2014-2020) and repealing Decision No 1350/2007/EC, OJ L 86, 21.3.2014, p. 1.