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

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of three 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). 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant is a legally established non-governmental body (civil society organisation), non-profit-making, not dependent from industry, and without commercial and business or other conflicting interests.
  2. The applicant acts at European, national or regional level.
  3. Only applications from entities established in one the following countries are eligible:
    1. EU Member States.
    2. Iceland, Serbia 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).
  4. Only applications from single applicants are acceptable (with or without partners).
  5. The application is submitted before the deadline.
  6. Each non-governmental body can only submit one application. If they submit more applications, extra ones will be disqualified (starting from the second initiative submitted).
  7. The applicant clearly addresses human health protection through vaccination via one of the topics listed below:
    1. Prevention of infection
    2. Assessment/cost-effectiveness analysis of vaccines
    3. Behavioural/socio-economic research to address vaccine hesitancy
    4. Communication/use of social media to advocate vaccination
    5. Appropriate use of vaccines
    6. Surveillance/Vaccine effectiveness studies
    7. Tackling vaccine-preventable diseases from a specific disease perspective (e.g. HIV, Tuberculosis, life-course vaccination, synergies between vaccination and use of antibiotics…)
    8. Education/training of medical students/health care professionals
    9. Other initiatives that can reduce the threat communicable diseases through vaccination.  
  8. The application describes an initiative that is related to advocacy, awareness-raising, education/training or any other activity that contributes to the protection of human health.
  9. The application is complete (compulsory fields of the application form are filled out). A report of maximum 5 pages must be uploaded in the submission form that should contain at least the following parts: case study, action proposed, methodology, results and conclusions. Access the submission page to apply for the EU Health Award.
  10. The application is submitted using the application form from the EU Health Award page of the Public Health Website, accessible via the submission page.
  11. The application is submitted in English. If it is in another EU language, a translation into English is provided.

Exclusion Criterion

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

Selection Criteria

  1. The purpose, objectives, or mission of the applicant organisation is in-line with at least one of the objectives of the 3rd Health Programme.
  2. The applicant actively seeks to shape public health affairs on the basis of their own concerns, drawing from their own specific knowledge, abilities and scope of action. 

Award Criteria

Only applications which meet the eligibility, exclusion and selection criteria will be further assessed on the basis of the award criteria with a maximum of 100 points.

1. Policy and contextual relevance (30 points)

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

  1. The good practice contributes to at least one of the thematic priorities defined in the Annex 1 of the 3rd Health Programme,
  2. The good practices provides added value at EU level in the field of public health,
  3. The good practice considers the social, cultural and political context.

2. Technical quality (70 points)

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

  1. Relevance: the good practice is relevant to the topic of the EU health award 2017 - towards increase vaccination coverage rates or acceptance and confidence in vaccines.
  2. Effectiveness: the good practice produces or contributes significantly towards measurable results to increase vaccination coverage rates or acceptance and confidence in vaccines.
  3. Transferability: the good practice can be applied in other Member States or at EU level. Lessons learnt might be of added value to other non-governmental bodies, governmental bodies and the European public health community.
  4. Sustainability: the good practice can be prolonged over a long period of time without massive injection of additional resources. Initiatives could for example be contributing to the sustainable functioning of EU health systems by increasing vaccine coverage rates, raising awareness about the value and benefits of vaccination, countering vaccine hesitancy or to the development of a permanent awareness on a target audience (healthcare workers education, patients’ awareness…). Also, the legacy of the initiative is an important part of the criterion and how it is translated into further improvements.
  5. Intersectoral collaboration: the good practice encourages synergies with other fields. In this criterion, synergies with other non-governmental or international organisations working on other fields related to vaccination such prevention of communicable diseases, AMR or animal health will be considered.
  6. Innovation and creativity: the good practice has an innovative and/or creative approach with regards to target audience, business processes carried out or outcomes utility.

Following the evaluation, only proposals which score a minimum of 50% of the total points under the award criteria may be considered for financing of the award.