The health programme supports actions alongside the health programme's 23 thematic priorities to improve and protect human health and help Member States develop and maintain innovative and sustainable health systems. Different funding mechanisms are available depending on the type of action.
There are mainly two funding mechanisms: grants and tenders. The grants may be grants for projects, operating grants, direct grants with International organisations and grants to Member States authorities and bodies for co-financed actions (called joint actions).
The type of funding for each action is set out each year in a work plan – with the aim to achieve goals as efficiently as possible with the full cooperation of programme stakeholders.
Unless indicated otherwise (for instance tenders), the basic principle is joint funding: Commission grants cover a certain percentage of the overall costs.