Health Programme

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Period of 2021-2027: €1 670 million. It was € 449.4 million in the period 2014-2020.

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Latest info from July 21st 2020


A Health programme will be established for the period 2021-2027.

The financial envelope of the Health programme under the MFF will be EUR 1 670 million. 



The EU Health Programme is a funding programme created to implement the EU health strategy.


Chafea is the Executive Agency entrusted by the European Commission with the management of the Health Programme. Chafea implements the Programme by means of annual work plans, where priority areas, criteria and actions to be implemented, are decided by the Directorate General for Health etc. and adopted by the European Commission.


The 3rd Health Programme has a budget of € 449.4 million.


The 4 main objectives

  • Promote health, prevent diseases and foster supportive environments for healthy lifestyles according to the 'health in all policies' principle
  • Protect Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats
  • Contribute to innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems
  • Facilitate access to better and safer healthcare for EU citizens


The current programme was preceded by the 1st HP (2003-2008) and the 2nd HP (2008-2013).


Fact sheets:

About the programme

The EU-added value concept

Who does what?




The Third Health Programme finances 3 types of actions:

Project grants - Joint actions - Operating grants

Expected proposals must meet the priorities identified in the ongoing annual work plan implementing the Health Programme. The proposals are evaluated by Chafea together with external experts in the relevant areas. Interested External experts can register to be selected for this task and can also apply through Calls for Experts.


Who can participate?

All EU countries, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Moldova participate in the Health Programme. Organisations from other countries can only participate as subcontractors or collaborating stakeholders.

Participation is open to a wide range of organisations, such as research institutes and universities, public authorities, commercial firms and NGOs.

The detailed rules are specified in the annual work plan and the subsequent call for proposals and call for tenders published each year.

Please note: Only legally established organisations are eligible to apply.

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