EU research and innovation on HIV/AIDS

Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic, the EU has considered the fight against HIV/AIDS a priority and it has significantly invested in HIV/AIDS research.

Thanks to effective treatments, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence. Nevertheless, a number of scientific challenges remain before we can call for an AIDS-free world. The lack of an effective vaccine or cure, the threat of drug resistance, long-term management of patients, and complications due to co-infections and co-morbidities are among these challenges which require innovative solutions and long-term commitments.

With its investment in research and innovation for HIV/AIDS, the European Commission is increasing the chance that the research community will provide solutions to the challenges while fully exploiting the European Scientific excellence and enhancing European competitiveness.

HIV/AIDS research under Horizon 2020

So far about € 220 million was committed; a large part of the funds come from Societal Challenge 1: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing.

This includes € 45 million to two large platforms for the development of preventive or therapeutic vaccines candidates, a €10 million loan from the InnovFin ID instrument to develop a high-throughput HIV viral load test, and €110 million of Commission contribution to EDCTP2 grants.


Research to fight AIDS

EDCTP’s strategy for funding research on HIV

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

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

Collaboration and jobs

  • Find project partners

    Look for project partners and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tender opportunities portal.

  • Jobs (EURAXESS)

    Researcher jobs in related fields

Projects and results

  • EU-funded projects (CORDIS)

    Projects in the field of HIV/AIDS 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)

  • 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.

  • European IP Helpdesk

    Service that offers an intellectual property rights helpline, training and online library.

  • Enterprise Europe Network

    The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. 

Related Commission departments