EU Health Award


The Financial Regulation (in particular Article 138)1 and its Rules of Application2 are applicable for the implementation of the Health Programme3.

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 106 (1), 107 (1) and 138 (2) of the Financial Regulation),
  3. Selection criteria, to assess the ability of the applicant (Article 132 (1) of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of Application).
  4. Award criteria, to assess the quality of the proposal (Article 132 (2) of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of Application).


  1. The applicant must be a legally established non-governmental body that is non-profit-making and independent from industry, commercial and business or other conflicting interests.
  2. The applicant must act at European, national or sub-national level.
  3. Only applications from entities established in one the following countries are eligible:
    1. EU Member States
    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). 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.
  4. Only applications from a single applicant i.e. one legal entity, are acceptable (with or without partners).
  5. The applicant must clearly address one of the topics listed in the call for applications.
  6. The application must be submitted before the deadline.
  7. The application is submitted using the application form from the EU Health Award page of the Public Health Website, accessible via the submission page.
  8. The application must be complete: compulsory fields of the application form are filled out. Rules are explained in the questionnaire.
  9. Applications may be submitted in any official language of the European Union. However, in order to facilitate assessment by the evaluators, an English translation should accompany the text written in another EU official language.


The applicants are not in any of the situations of exclusion listed in Articles 106(1), 107 (1) and 138 (2) of the Financial Regulation.


The mission of the applicant organisation must be in line with at least one of the objectives of the 3rd Health Programme.

The applicant must actively seek to shape public health affairs on the basis of their own concerns, drawing from their own specific knowledge, abilities and scope of action.


The applications will be assessed against the criteria to select best practices adopted by the Steering Group on Health Promotion and Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Only applications which meet the eligibility, exclusion and selection criteria will be further assessed on the basis of the following award criteria. The maximum number of points that an application can receive is 480.

Following the evaluation, only proposals which score a minimum of 50% of the total points under the award criteria may be considered for shortlisting and potentially receiving the Health Award.

The inclusion criteria (190 points) will assess the following aspects:

  • Relevance
  • Intervention characteristics
  • Evidence and theory based
  • Ethical aspects


This criterion refers to the legislative, policy and strategic context of the practice, which needs to be clearly explained and considered.


This criterion assesses the existence of a situation analysis (e.g. problem analysis, needs assessment – before the practice has been started) of the target population; established objectives; a consistent methodology is well documented, etc.


This criterion assesses what scientific excellence or other evidence (including from grey literature or anecdotal evidence) was used, analysed and disseminated in a conscious, explicit and thoughtful manner.


This criterion checks if the practice was respectful with ethic values and guarantees the safeguarding of dignity.

The core criteria (110 points) will assess the following aspects:

  • Effectiveness and Efficiency of the intervention
  • Equity


This criterion defines the degree to which the intervention was successful in producing a desired result in an optimal way. It measures the extent to which the objectives of quantity, quality and time have been met under real conditions at the lowest possible cost.


This criterion considers that the practice should take into account the needs of the population (men and women) when allocating the resources and identify and reduce health inequalities.

The qualifier criteria will assess the quality of the intervention in terms of the following aspects until 180 points.

  • Transferability
  • Sustainability
  • Participation
  • Intersectoral collaboration


This criterion measures to which extent the implementation results are systematized and documented, making it possible to transfer it to other contexts/settings/countries or to scale it up to a broader target population/geographic context. It would be a plus if transfer of the practice/initiative would address EU added value elements.


This criterion assesses the practice/initiative's ability to be maintained in the long-term with the available resources, adapting to social, economic and environmental requirements of the context in which it is developed.


This criterion assesses the ability of the practice/initiative to foster collaboration among the different sectors involved in the domain of interest (e.g. health promotion, chronic disease prevention and management, etc.).


This criterion assesses the inclusion of stakeholders throughout the whole life cycle of the process and the ability of the practice to foster collaboration among the different sectors involved.

[1] Regulation (EU, Euratom ) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1605/2002 , OJ L 298 26.10.2012, p. 1

[2] Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, OJ L 362 31.12.2012, p. 1

[3] Regulation (EU) No 282/2014