EU Health Award


The Financial Regulation1 (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 targets initiatives to reduce obesity in children and young people in the age range between 6 and 18 years 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 school of primary and/or secondary education
  • D) The applicant acts at European, national, regional or local level.
  • E) Only applications from entities established in one the following countries are eligible:
    •     a. EU Member States2;
    •     b. Iceland and Norway;
    •     c. 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 is submitted before the deadline.
  • H) The application is submitted using the application form from the EU Health Award page of the Public Health Website, accessible via the submission page.
  • I) The application must be complete: all compulsory fields of the application form are filled out.
  • J) 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.
  • K) Each applicant can only submit one application. If an applicant submits more applications, extra ones will be disqualified (starting from the second initiative submitted).


The applicants are not in any of the situations of exclusion listed in Articles 136, 141 (1), and 207(1) of the Financial Regulation.


The call for applications targets successful initiatives by cities, NGOs and schools that have shown tangible results with a particular focus on the aspects and activities mentioned below. These initiatives must target children and young people in the age range of 6 to 18 years and include at least one of the following actions:

  1. Prevention and reduction of overweight and obesity in children and young people through healthy diets and physical activity;
  2. Advocacy, service providing, training or education on reducing and preventing overweight and obesity in children and young people;
  3. Awareness raising and information: health promotion to reduce overweight and obesity in children and young people; promotion of knowledge about healthy lifestyles for children and young people;
  4. Engaging with health care professionals to strengthen education/medical curricula/training, advocacy and health care professionals’ communication skills to raise awareness about overweight and obesity in children and young people;
  5. Education/training to raise awareness about overweight and obesity in children and young people among the general public/national authorities/ teachers/ parents/ children and young people themselves;
  6. Prevention and reduction of overweight and obesity in children and young people, with the support of mobile health (mHealth) and similar tools;
  7. Tackling obesity in children and young people from a specific disease perspective;
  8. Prevention and reduction of overweight and obesity in children and young people from families with a lower socioeconomic background;
  9. Development of healthy environments stimulating physical activity in children and young people (for example building safe cycling paths, …); addressing the fact that while individual choice plays a role in lifestyle decisions, such decisions are heavily influenced by the choice environment (literacy, access to healthy options, marketing, taxation, urban planning, etc.) and the burden of the solutions should not lay (solely) on the citizen.


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

Technical quality and contextual relevance

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

  1. Relevance: the initiative is relevant to the topic of the 2019 EU Health Award on preventing and reducing obesity in children and young people.
  2. Effectiveness and impact: the initiative contributes to encourage healthy diets and/or physical activity in children and young people. An evaluation of the initiative or any other evidence, if available, will be considered as an asset.
  3. Transferability: the initiative can be applied in other Member States or at EU level. Lessons learnt might be of added value to other NGOs, cities, schools, governmental bodies and the European public health community.
  4. Sustainability: the initiative can be prolonged over a long period of time without considerable injection of 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 or the usefulness of the outcomes.

Following the evaluation, only the three proposals with the highest scores in their category (cities, NGOs or schools) will be considered as shortlisted. The EU Health Award Jury will select the winning initiative of the prize of EUR 100 000 out of the three applicants shortlisted in each category.


[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 British applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the 2019 EU Health Award. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the Award period without a ratified withdrawal agreement providing the transition period until at least end-2020, your proposal will not be considered.

[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