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Maximising impact with Horizon 2020

01 January 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andy Bleaden
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Andy Bleaden, International Projects Manager for ECHAlliance, provides an overview of funding from the Horizon 2020 Programme and explains what opportunities are available for members over the next few years.



With research and development becoming increasingly complex, interdisciplinary and costly; as well as requiring a critical mass in a Europe of 28 countries, there was a need to develop a programme for increased collaboration to encourage excellent science, industrial leadership and the tackling of societal challenges.

Horizon 2020, the European Union programme for research and innovation, was designed to meet this need and a budget of €79 billion was allocated during the period 2014-20. There are three strong ambitions for Horizon 2020:

  • Respond to the economic crisis to invest in jobs and growth;
  • Address people’s concerns about their livelihoods, safety and environment;
  • Strengthen the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology.

It is this last area, 'Strengthen the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology,' that offers most of the opportunity for the members of ECHAlliance. Funding opportunities have been developed around five clear priority areas:

  • Excellent Science;

  • Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies;

  • Innovation in SMEs;

  • Access to Risk Finance;

  • Societal Challenges.

The first of these Societal Challenges was one that is a key area for ECHAlliance members and targets Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing. 

The next few years

As the Horizon 2020 programme approaches to its natural end there is a large concentration (and more funding) of activity to maximise impact. Between 2018-20 there will be €2 billion for health, demographic change and wellbeing targeting three distinct areas:


1. Better Health and care, economic growth and sustainable health systems has 32 calls in five priority areas:

  • Personalised Medicine;
  • Innovative health and care industry;
  • Infectious diseases and improving global health;
  • Innovative health and care systems – Integration of care;
  • Decoding the role of the environment, including  climate change, for health and well-being. 

Read more information on each of these calls from the participants portal.

2.  Digital transformation in Health and Care has 13 topics all of which are closely tied to the area of work of interest to ECHAlliance members and to our commitment to the Digital Health Society

Read more information on each of these calls from the participants portal.

3. Trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care has 3 clear calls of interest to ECHAlliance members and partners:

  • Toolkit for assessing and reducing cyber risks in  hospitals and care centres to protect privacy/data/infrastructures
  • Raising awareness and developing training schemes  on cybersecurity in hospitals
  • Smart and healthy living at home

Read more information on each of these calls from the participants portal.


Talk to us

Should you wish to discuss involvement or collaboration in any of these areas or need help and support with Horizon 2020 please contact Andy Bleaden ( 



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