EU funding for research and innovation - NHS organisations urged to seize the opportunities

Posted on 22 October 2015 (Permalink)

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s overarching, multidisciplinary research and innovation funding programme that will run from 2014 to 2020. It will see the EU contribute more than €70 billion over seven years to support the EU’s position as a world leader in science, help secure industrial leadership in innovation, and help address major societal challenges.

The societal challenges addressed by the programme cover seven key themes, including:

  • health, demographic change and wellbeing
  • food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy
  • secure, clean and efficient energy
  • smart, green and integrated transport
  • climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials
  • inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
  • secure societies.

Horizon 2020 provides opportunities for NHS organisations throughout the different areas mentioned above, and in particular the theme on health, demographic change and wellbeing. This has an indicative budget of almost €7.5 billion, offering significant financial support for associated European research and innovation work.

Funding is issued through open calls for proposals with strict deadlines for submission of projects. All projects are submitted electronically.

The UK, particularly its academia, has significant experience of accessing EU research funding. There is, however, scope for greater NHS involvement and access to these funds, and the new approach introduced in the programme will facilitate NHS participation. This briefing from the NHS European Office gives an overview of Horizon 2020 and of the opportunities it offers to the NHS, including case studies and how to submit a proposal for funding.