Why is this relevant?

The EU Public Health Programme is the main instrument for implementing EU health strategy. The Annual work plan sets out priority areas and funding criteria for actions under the programme.

What are the objectives of the EU Health Programme?

The four objectives of the EU Health Programme are:

  1. Promoting health, preventing diseases and fostering supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the ‘health in all policies’ principle;
  2. Protecting Union citizens from serious cross-border threats to health;
  3. Contributing to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems, and
  4. Facilitating access to better and safer healthcare for Union Citizens.

Actions under the four outlined objectives should also support the priorities of the Commission to boost economic growth and job creation, address crisis situations like pandemics, stimulate innovation, and attract more investment. They should also complement actions proposed under other policy areas, such as Horizon 2020.

What is the budget for the 2015 Work Programme?

The maximum contribution is set at EUR 59 750 000 with it being divided amongst Grants for proposals (EUR 9 000 000), Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities (EUR 17 850 000), Prizes (EUR 60 000), Procurement (EUR 16 423 805) and Other Actions (EUR 3 731 000).

Who can participate?

  • Legally established organisations
  • Public authorities, public (or non-public sector) sector bodies (research and health institutions, universities and higher education establishments)
  • Non-governmental bodies
  • International organisations
  • Private companies (through public procurement)


It is important to note that 60% is the maximum EU co-financing rate for all types of grants, and in some rare cases of exceptional utility this may be raised up to 80%.

We have analysed the grants topics and identified the following relevant opportunity for EFORT or its members: – Support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities

Aim: This aim of this action is to build on the preliminary results of the Partnership on Active & Health Ageing; specifically in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities, and to facilitate the implementation and scaling-up of good practices or the exchange of good practices between Member States, supporting innovation in health and social care.

Activities potential:

  1. Identification of benchmarks focusing on successful local interventions with high transferability potential
  2. Support to the twinning, coaching, and/or scaling up of identified good practices on: integrated health and social care in age-friendly community settings; community programmes implementing tools and European guidance on age-friendly communities that use a participatory approach and respond to needs of older people; integrated community-based approach programmes for screening, assessment, prevention and management of frailty in older people, and development of interventions for adherence to treatment and medical plans, in particular involving health care professionals, patients in community, caregivers and community pharmacies.


The desired result is to enable older people to remain active and healthy for longer as well as providing efficient care and treatment when needed.

This could potentially be of interest to extend the prevention of falls project, PRoFOUND, and to broaden its scope to address unmet needs.

Budget: EUR 2 500 000

Timeline: Call for proposal – Opened on 05-06-2015 – Closed on 15-09-2015 17:00:00 | Brussels local time

More information: Participants Portal for Calls

In addition, we would like to draw your attention on two grants for action co-financed with Member States, which could lead to opportunities for EFORT members to be involved through their Member States appointment. These grants are not open for call, as they represent Joint activities between the European Commission and Member States. EU Joint Actions are co-financed by the EU and participating member states. They comprise national authorities and other public bodies or non for profit organisations nominated by participating EU Member States. They address key health challenges where joint working/collaboration can add value. – Prevention of Frailty

Aim: Build on the results of the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing, the Prevention of Frailty Action Group and the Joint Action on Chronic Diseases.


  1. Building a common understanding on the concept and operative definition of frailty versus chronic diseases interventions.
  2. Developing methodology and tools for assessment of pre-frail and frail people.
  3. Preparing common health care guidelines or frameworks on screening, assessing, and intervening to promote better health in older people and reduce the growing burden of health care demands related to frailty and chronic diseases.


The identification of pre-frail conditions, such as malnutrition and lack of physical activity, and targeting frail older people for appropriate interventions, including promoting better health and reduction of avoidable hospitalizations and better long-term care.

Timeline: First Semester of 2015

Budget: EUR 3 500 000 – Market surveillance of medical devices

Aim: This pilot project to be taken forward by national bodies mandated in this field, will promote cooperation between Member States allowing development of best practice, training and knowledge and resource sharing concerning the implementation of the medical device legislation, in particular in relation to Member States tasks such as the market surveillance of devices.

Timeline: Second semester of 2015

Budget: EUR 850 000

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