Horizon Europe | Health

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. In 2015, the EU Member States agreed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global action to guarantee their citizen’s health, peace, and prosperity by 2030. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically challenged the progress in our economic and social lives by affecting not only citizens but also countries on a global level.

There is now an emerging need for research and innovation to understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and to help repair the economic and social damage caused by this pandemic. Does your project or innovation offer a solution to current problems? Horizon Europe offers support in realizing your ambitious solutions. In this article we will discuss the Horizon Europe Health cluster in particular.

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Horizon Europe summarized

Horizon Europe is the EU’s research and innovation funding programme between 2021 and 2027 with a total budget of € 95.5 billion including € 5.4 billion from the Next Generation EU (NGEU) programme for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. For each cluster, a dedicated strategy plan, the so-called “Work Program (WP)”, has been developed, which specifies the topics for 2021 and 2022.

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(European Commission, 2021)

Horizon Europe Health: reparing economic and social damages after the pandemic

The Horizon Europe Health WP is a part of Pillar 2 (Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness) which supports the uptake of innovative solutions in industry and society to address global challenges with a budget of € 7.7 billion. The Health Cluster is focused primarily on helping to repair the economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic by laying the foundations for a modern and more sustainable European Union. Evidently, the pandemic has brought to light vulnerabilities in our social and economic systems, but it has also stressed the importance of health care systems and health professionals in relation to the economy for the first two years.

Destinations of the Health Cluster

The programme is divided into six destinations with the following overall budget for the first two years:

  1. Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society (STAYHLTH): Research and innovation (R&I) under this destination will provide new evidence, methodologies and tools for understanding the transition from health to disease, preventing diseases and promoting health. Overall budget: € 289 million.
  2. Living and working in a health-promoting environment (ENVHLTH): This destination will try to understand the environmental impact on health and to explore the effects of pollution, chemicals, climate and other factors by addressing mainly two Key Strategic Orientations: (i) Restoring Europe’s ecosystems and biodiversity and managing sustainably natural resources; and (ii) Making Europe the first digitally led circular, climate-neutral and sustainable economy. Overall budget: € 350 million.
  3. Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden (DISEASE): This destination is focused on developing new prevention measures, public health interventions, diagnostics, vaccines, therapies, alternatives to antibiotics, as well as to improve existing prevention strategies. Overall budget: € 489.5 million.
  4. Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care (CARE): Under this destination, R&I aims at supporting health care systems in their transformation to ensure fair access to sustainable health care services of high quality for all citizens. Overall budget: €  240 million.
  5. Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society (TOOL): This destination aims developing smart medical devices and their surgical implantation, for use in resource-constrained settings, advanced therapies to treat highly prevalent diseases with unmet needs and innovative tools for the use and re-use of health data. Overall budget: € 270 million.
  6. Maintaining and innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry (IND): This destination encompasses and integrates various health technologies (medical technologies, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, digital health technologies) to strengthen the R&D growth and employment opportunities. Overall budget: € 113 million.

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Extensive support in EU grants and excellent track record

Hezelburcht is specialized in supporting universities, research institutes and companies with acquiring grants. We provide full service in applying for national and European grants from reviewing to grant writing and management. Our specialists are graduated researchers themselves and supported several clients in this programme.

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