Horizon 2020 ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing’ Days

On the 3rd of July 2019, the European Commission organised an Open Info Day in Brussels dedicated to the last round of H2020 calls within the ‘Health, demographic change & wellbeing’ challenge. The day after the Open Info Day, the Health-NCP-Net 2.0 Partnering Event was held. At this event project partners for the upcoming round of H2020 Health calls could be found. Our Life Sciences, Health & Food consultants Yasemin Kaya, PhD and Ruben van der Wulp, MSc were present at these Horizon 2020 Health days. We are happy to share the most important insights with you!

Upcoming Horizon 2020 Health, demographic changes & wellbeing calls

The upcoming calls of the ‘Health, demographic change and wellbeing’ were discussed. Below, the priorities within this programme are given. With the principle of ‘better health for all’ at its core, this programme focuses on:

1. Personalised medicine:

To develop and deliver more personalised health and care to benefit patients and citizens. The aim is to reinforce international and regional collaboration in this field, mostly one stage proposals. This programme focusses on complex disorders, human microbiome, rare diseases and data sharing.

2. Innovative health and care industry:

The aim is to turn knowledge and technologies into practical application benefiting citizens, healthcare systems and businesses. The focus is on regenerative medicine, advanced therapeutics and regulatory science. This part of the programme is complementary with the SME Instrument, Fast Track to Innovation and the Innovative Medicines Initiative.

3. Infectious diseases and improving global health:

This priority focalises on the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance and the global increase in chronic diseases associated with poverty, maternal and child health. It focuses on global collaboration and cohort studies on non-communicable diseases such as brain research, hypertension, diabetes, cancer. Because of the focus of having a global impact, applicants must pay attention to policy makers. Mostly one stage proposals.

4. Innovative health and care systems – Integration of care:

The aim is to develop effective, accessible and sustainable health interventions and integrated care systems. The focus is on mental health in the workplace, new approaches for palliative care and implementation of personalised medicine. The objective is to develop effective, accessible and sustainable health interventions and integrated systems.

5. Decoding the role of the environment, including climate change, for health and wellbeing:

The aspect of climate change and micro- / nano-plastics in our environment plays a major role in these calls. Innovative actions for improving human health is crucial.

6. Digital transformation:

Artificial Intelligence, Organ-on-Chip (OoC) technologies will become more and more A major expected impact is to reduce the need for animal and clinical testing.

7. Trusted big data solutions and cybersecurity for health and care:

Secure and user-driven ICT-based solutions in early risk detection and intervention. Aggregation of a variety of new and existing data sources.

During this event, lessons-learnt from proposal preparation, cross-cutting issues and evaluation criteria were shared by the DG Research and Innovation. Lastly, more insights were gained on important aspects such as clinical trials, regulatory science, health-related infrastructures and patient & public involvement when applying for a H2020 call.

Health-NCP-Net 2.0 Partnering Event

The partnering event targeted a wide spectrum of stakeholders from companies (including SMEs), universities, research organizations, the public sector, NGOs and others from Europe and beyond. They were there to share new project ideas and find collaboration partners for the upcoming Horizon 2020 calls. More than 600 participants were present and more than 1000 meetings were planned between the participants. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to present their innovative project idea or competences to the audience. In this way, other participants’ solutions and technologies could be discovered, and the right partner for the right consortium could be found.

Total budgets H2020 health

The last rounds of Horizon 2020 ‘Health, demographic change & wellbeing’ challenge work program have a total budget of € 787.2 million in 2019 and € 783.9 million in 2020.

Calls Budget 2019 (in € millions) Budget 2020 (in € millions)
H2020-SC1-BHC-2018-2020 565 498
H2020-SC1-DTH-2018-2020 107.5 92
H2020-SC1-FA-DTS-2018-2020 35 70
Other actions 79.7 123.9
Total budget 787.2 783.9

The grant contribution depends on the call and varies between 70% (Innovation Action) – 100% (Research and Innovation Action) of the eligible project costs.


The opening and deadline of calls vary per specific call.

  • One stage proposals: deadline 7 April 2020.
  • Two-stage proposals: deadline first stage 24 September 2019, second deadline 7 April 2020

Advice or support with your grant application

Do you have a project (plan)? Then take your chance and start preparing for your application! These calls are, after all, the last option for funding within the current Horizon 2020 program, which runs until 2021. After this, the Horizon Europe programme will start. It is of the utmost importance to start forming your consortium in time.

Hezelburcht has extensive experience in drafting and coordinating Horizon 2020 applications. We are well aware of the expert criteria and are happy to support you prepare a promising application. Our specialists can also take care of the administrative work before and after the grant is awarded.

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