EU research on Zika

Zika is a mosquito-borne viral disease caused by the Zika virus (ZIKV) that  spread through the South Pacific and through large parts of Latin America in March 2015.

There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of severe congenital brain malformations in infants born to mothers infected during pregnancy. In addition, evidence indicates that the virus also may cause Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults.

The importance of a rapid research response to the Zika outbreak was highlighted by the WHO declaration on 1 February 2016.

Details of EU projects mobilised in the wake of the 2016 outbreak.

Funding opportunities

  • Horizon 2020

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

Collaboration and jobs

Projects and results

  • Details of EU research projects on Zika

    Details on projects and consortia that were mobilised in the wake of the 2016 Zika outbreak. 

  • EU-funded projects (CORDIS)

    Projects in the area of Zika 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. 

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