EU's research in Ebola and emergency response

The Ebola virus spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission and has an average fatality rate of around 50%.

The 2014-16 outbreak in West Africa was the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976 and resulted in over 11,000 deaths.

Beyond the human suffering and loss of life, the disease has a devastating impact on the security, economies, and healthcare systems of the affected regions.

The EU has boosted its investment in Ebola research since the 2014 outbreak, aiming to achieve life-changing results and address the need for new vaccine and diagnostic treatment.

The EU has funded

  • over €160 million to Ebola vaccine development
  • €7 million to development of Ebola treatments 
  • diagnostic tests have also received over €7 million

More about the EU's strategy for Ebola research

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

    Funding for health under the research and innovation framework programme, Horizon 2020. 

  • IMI Ebola+

    Comprehensive programme contributes to efforts to tackle a wide range of challenges in Ebola research, including vaccines development, clinical trials, storage and transport, and diagnostics.

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

  • EU-funded projects (CORDIS)

    Projects in the field of Ebola research on the Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.

  • Project success stories

    Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects.

  • Horizon Results Platform

    Platform where framework programme funding recipients present their results to search, contact their owners and form partnerships.

  • Health programmes database

    Database that provides information on the nature of health projects and their results. Managed by the Commission's Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

  • Horizon 2020 dashboard

    Interactive reporting platform, composed of a set of sheets that allows series of views to discover and filter Horizon 2020 data.

  • Scientific publications

    Scientific publications produced by the European Commission (JRC)

  • Horizon 2020 dashboard

    Interactive reporting platform, composed of a set of sheets that allows series of views to discover and filter Horizon 2020 data

  • EU Open Data Portal

    Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

  • OpenAIRE

    You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.


  • Research enquiry service

    You can contact the research enquiry service to find out more about research in Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding programmes as well as calls for proposals and project funding.  

  • National contact points

    The national contact points (NCP) network gives guidance and information on participating in Horizon 2020. NCPs are established in all EU countries and many non-EU countries.

Related Commission departments