This week the European Commission has adopted an annual work plan for 2016 within the context of the EU Health Programme 2014-2020. The available budget for grants and tenders in 2016 will be nearly 58 million euro. This money will be allocated to various health-related projects across the EU. Potential beneficiaries that want to qualify for funding are required to respond to the call for proposals of the Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA).
In addition to the overarching core objectives of the EU Health Programme 2014-2020, the work programme for 2016 includes the following foci and priority areas:
- Health of refugees and other migrants
- Tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare associated infections
- Supporting EU countries in responding rapidly and effectively to health crises, such as the Zika epidemic
- Supporting the establishment of European Reference Networks, and cooperation on eHealth and Health Technology Assessment
- Action on chronic diseases, and risk factors such as alcohol and tobacco
- Preventing communicable diseases such as HIV-AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis
Additionally, some organisations active in the European public health arena will be given direct grants by the European Commission (for a total of 4,45 million euro). Organisations qualifying for a direct grant include the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policy, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Council of Europe.