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International cooperation in health

The challenges we have in the field of health are global and international cooperation is a prerequisite for solving them. As an operator in the field you have many opportunities for collaboration and funding. You can get help and support to apply for any of the offers we list here.

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European collaborations in health

There is a plethora of international programme for health. Vinnova, together with the Swedish Research Council, Forte, the Public Health Agency and the Agency for Digital Administration, can guide you to 6 European programme, which in turn often contain several sub-programmes. The programs are explained below.

If you want more guidance, you can get help from us and the following bodies

  • EU-SME support office
  • Research service or innovation office at your universities or organisations
  • Direct contact with responsible programme manager for the programs. Contact person can be found in the information about the programs. The responsible public authority is
    • Vinnova, the Swedish Research Council and Forte (Horisont Europa)
    • Public Health Agency (EU4Health)
    • The Authority for Digital Administration (DIGITAL)

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  • Cluster 1 health within Horisont Europa has a budget of around 8 billion euros which is distributed over 2-year work programs over 7 years. Cluster 1 health finances research and innovation that leads to better knowledge, maintained health and treatment of diseases in an equal way throughout Europe. Within the framework of cluster 1 health's budget, the cancer mission and European R&I partnership are also included, see the respective headings below.

    Cluster 1 health within Horisont Europa has a budget of around 8 billion euros which is distributed over 2-year work programs over 7 years. Cluster 1 health finances research and innovation that leads to better knowledge, maintained health and treatment of diseases in an equal way throughout Europe. Within the framework of cluster 1 health's budget, the cancer mission and European R&I partnership are also included, see the respective headings below.

    An important objective for the cluster is to maintain an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health industry. The cluster includes integrated, person-centred and equal health and care. In addition, a sustainable digital transformation of European healthcare systems, secure and ethical data management and reliable supply chains, but also health promotion and prevention efforts are sought.

    Vinnova's website for Horisont Europa

    Open and upcoming calls for proposals

    Work program 2021–2022

    The work program 2023–2024 will be published in the fourth quarter of 2022.

    Contact

    For questions about the application process and range of calls for proposals, contact the National Contact Point (NCP) for Horisont Europa Kluster 1 Healthmarie.vaadre@vinnova.se

    For questions about national processes regarding admission of records to Cluster 1, contact Expert Kluster 1 Healthmalin.eklund@vinnova.se

  • Missions is a new effort within Horisont Europa and can be described as strategically directed research and innovation initiatives that aim to focus resources, human as well as financial, around a few selected societal challenges that require innovative solutions.

    Missions is a new effort within Horisont Europa and can be described as strategically directed research and innovation initiatives that aim to focus resources, human as well as financial, around a few selected societal challenges that require innovative solutions.

    Read more about the EU's five mission areas on Vinnova's website

    Within health, they work with a mission for cancer with the goal that three million lives will be saved and live longer in health. A mission board on cancer has developed recommendations and priorities to be implemented through, among other things, 2-year work programs.

    See current calls for proposals within mission cancer.

    The EU Commission's document on priorities and recommendations within mission cancer (English).

    Contact

    caroline.ekstrand@vinnova.se

  • Within the framework of Horisont Europa, cluster 1 health, a number of Europeiska FoI partnerships are also included. The Europeiska FoI partnerships are a collaboration between member states, third countries and the European Commission. Each partnership lasts for 7 years, is estimated to have a total budget of more than 300 million euros and has annual calls for proposals.

    Within the framework of Horisont Europa, cluster 1 health, a number of Europeiska FoI partnerships are also included. The Europeiska FoI partnerships are a collaboration between member states, third countries and the European Commission. Each partnership lasts for 7 years, is estimated to have a total budget of more than 300 million euros and has annual calls for proposals.

    Those listed below are so-called public-public partnerships between the European Commission, member states, associated countries and third countries. The partnerships build on previous ventures. There are also other Europeiska FoI partnerships such as EU-Africa Global Partnership where SIDA participates and Innovative Health Inititative, see separate heading. In addition to these, we also have Eurostars. More information about Eurostars on Vinnova's website.

    Right now, six so-called co-financed partnerships are planned, which build on previous investments.

    • European Partnership on Health and Care Systems Transformation
    • European Partnership for Personalised Medicine
    • European Partnership on Rare Diseases
    • European Partnership for One Health/AMR Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
    • European Partnership on Pandemic Preparedness
    • European Partnership - ERA for Health Research

    Vinnova finances Swedish participation in the calls for proposals together with the Swedish Research Council, Forte and Sida. The financing takes place based on each authority's own mission and regulations.

    During 2022/2023, the Health Care Transformation partnership will have its first call for proposals. Both Forte and Vinnova participate in the call for proposals. European Partnership for Rare Diseases will also have a call for proposals, but it is still unclear which Swedish financiers will participate.

    You can find more information about the partnerships on the Commission's website

    Vinnova will also arrange a number of workshops and digital consultations in 2022 to collect Swedish input for the partnership for personalized medicine. The inputs will have the opportunity to influence which FoI investments are made within the framework of the partnership. For more information, contact Vinnova as below or keep an eye on our website and LinkedIn.

    Contact

    malin.eklund@vinnova.se

    caroline.ekstrand@vinnova.se

    gunnar.sandberg@vinnova.se

  • IHI is an Private-Public partnership between the EU and the industry organizations representing the sectors involved in healthcare, namely COCIR (Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, ICT and Electromedical Enterprise). Efpia, including Vaccin Europa (pharmaceutical and vaccine company). EuropaBio (biotech company); and MedTech Europe (medical technology company).

    IHI is an Private-Public partnership between the EU and the industry organizations representing the sectors involved in healthcare, namely COCIR (Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, ICT and Electromedical Enterprise). Efpia, including Vaccin Europa (pharmaceutical and vaccine company). EuropaBio (biotech company); and MedTech Europe (medical technology company).

    IHI's objective is to translate health research and health innovation into tangible benefits for patients and society and ensure that Europe is at the forefront of interdisciplinary, sustainable, patient-centered health research. Health care research and health care increasingly encompass different sectors.

    By supporting project that bring these sectors together, IHI will pave the way for a more integrated approach to health care, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and disease management.

    The IHI has a total budget of 2.4 billion euros spanning 7 years and is jointly funded by the EU and trade associations representing Europe's life science posts.

    The first calls for proposals will open in June 2022. It is important to create constellations of actors early on, for example through the matching tools and events that the initiative organizes.

    Innovative Health Initiative website
    Upcoming calls for proposals

    Subscribe to the IHI newsletter for regular informationInformation meeting on May 24 at 10-12

    Contact

    State Representatives for Sweden at Vinnova:
    Gunnar Sandberg gunnar.sandberg@vinnova.se
    Caroline Ekstrand caroline.ekstrand@vinnova.se

  • Funding the development, commercialization and scale-up of breakthrough innovation. The program also provides support for business development to researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Funding the development, commercialization and scale-up of breakthrough innovation. The program also provides support for business development to researchers and small and medium-sized enterprises.

    The program consists of three orientations

    • Pathfinder - support for research teams to research or develop breakthrough technology.
    • Transition - finances promising research results to be able to develop technology and business plans and become ready for the market.
    • EIC Accelerator - funding for individual start-ups and small businesses to develop and scale up ground-breaking innovations

    European Innovation Council website

    Contact

    National contact person: Josefin van der Meer josefin.vandermeer@vinnova.se.

    Specifically about Health issues: pontus.vonbahr@vinnova.se.

  • The program runs during 2021–2027 with a total budget of 7.6 billion euros. The aim is to build capacity and infrastructure within the EU to facilitate the broad use of digital technology, also in the field of health, and to put research results on the market.

    The program runs during 2021–2027 with a total budget of 7.6 billion euros. The aim is to build capacity and infrastructure within the EU to facilitate the broad use of digital technology, also in the field of health, and to put research results on the market.

    The program finances project within five specific objective:

    • High Performance Computing (HPC)
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cyber security
    • Advanced digital skills
    • Ensure broad use of digital technologies

    The program's own websiteThe program for a digital Europe (DIGITAL) on DIGG's websiteThe work program for 2021-2022
    Work program 2023–2024 will be published in the fourth quarter of 2022

    All open calls for proposals

    Contact

    For health-related calls for proposals, it is possible to contact malin.eklund@vinnova.se. National contact point (NCP) for the entire DIGITAL program is jan.bergdahl@digg.see.

  • The program aims to improve health, tackle common health challenges, improve medicine and medical equipment and strengthen the healthcare system. The program runs until 2027 and has a budget of more than 830 million euros.

    The program aims to improve health, tackle common health challenges, improve medicine and medical equipment and strengthen the healthcare system. The program runs until 2027 and has a budget of more than 830 million euros.

    The program is divided into four focus areas

    • Crisis preparedness
    • promotion and prevention solutions
    • health system and skilled workforce

    There are three different types of calls for proposals

    • Joint Actions is a direct grant that is primarily given to authorities or nationally overarching organizations in the member countries. The organizations applying must have similar functions in each country.
    • Action grants are support for research and innovation projects.
    • Tenders are used when various services and goods are to be bought in as support for the health programme. Advertised mainly here but also through the EU tender portal.

    Program website
    Funding by Action grants

    Contact

    National contact point (NCP) for EU4Health Pär Vikström par.vikstrom@folkhalsomyndigheten.se

Last updated 15 November 2022

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