The EIP on AHA announced the launch of the 2019 Call for Twinnings Support Scheme. The objective is to facilitate the deployment of large-scale innovative digitally-enabled solutions for health and care delivery for older adults. This initiative therefore contributes to the European Scaling Up Strategy of the EIP on AHA and to the implementation of the priorities set out in the EC Communication on digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market.

The scheme targets regional organisations that actively participate in the EIP on AHA that have made Individual Commitments or Collaborative Commitments to the EIP on AHA. They should also hold Reference Site status.

Participating organisations can claim up to € 5,000 in financial support  for each twinning action. This will cover the travel and accommodation of experts from adopting organisations to originator organisations or vice-versa. It will also include expenses incurred by hosting meetings.


The European Commission dedicates this year’s EU Health Award to initiatives of cities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and schools that contributed or are contributing to a higher level of public health in the European Union through preventing and reducing obesity in children and young people.


The Annual Work Programme 2019 of the Health Programme has been adopted on 29 March by the Commission.
The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (Chafea) is implementing the Health Programme and will publish soon the respective calls.
This Health programme is in no connection to the framework programme Horizon 2020 and implements seperated calls.


The next IMI Calls for proposals are due for launch at the end of June (IMI2 – Calls 18 and 19, which will be launched at the same time). The IMI just published the draft topic texts on their website.

Go to the IMI2 Website

In connection to the Open Info Day of the European Commission (July 3rd, 2019 in Brussels) and dedicated to “Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing” (SC1) in Horizon 2020, we are glad to announce that the Health NCP Net 2.0 will organize an international brokerage event on Horizon 2020 SC1 calls in Brussels, on 4th of July 2019.


15 vacancies for early career researchers in clinical, basic and translational research topics in the area of peritoneal dialysis and cardiovascular disease.

EU-Project IMPROVE-PD offers 15 young scientists (Early Stage Researchers, ESR) the possibility to work in close partnership with 22 institutions located in 9 different countries in an excellent, multidisciplinary and intersectoral pan-European PhD-level training programme delivered by outstanding academic, clinical and industrial stakeholders.


The HNN 2.0 Webinar on "European Investigator Involvement in US NIH: Identifying Funding Opportunities and Grant Application Processes" on the 4th of February 2019 was followed by many interested researchers and stakeholders. Many questions have been answered already during the Q&A session. Due to time limitations, some had to be left unanswered .

Find the answers to all questions from the Q&A session - now available for download!

Research and Innovation: What's New in Health and life sciences

  • 21.03.2019 - 01:00

    Research Headlines - Making healthcare better connected

    Wearable sensors for at-home rehabilitation or detection of an irregular heartbeat... An EU-funded project is training students to transform healthcare in today's hyperconnected world, helping them harness the power of technology to keep patients out of hospital, cut costs and even save lives.
  • 19.03.2019 - 01:00

    Research Headlines - Creating more responsive, intuitive prosthetics

    Using advances in electronics and software, a team of EU-funded researchers is developing new ways to control upper limb prosthetics. Their goal is to improve and facilitate the everyday lives of amputees.
  • 19.03.2019 - 01:00

    Research Headlines - Drug therapy tailored to your genes

    Your response to a drug depends, in part, on your genetic make-up. An EU-funded project is developing a system to help doctors take into account a patient's genotype when prescribing treatment, for safer and more effective therapy.
  • 14.03.2019 - 01:00

    Research Headlines - Advanced molecular technique boosts cancer research

    After cardiovascular diseases, cancer is the second leading cause of death and morbidity in European countries and is one of the most significant health challenges worldwide. An EU-funded project is developing new tools for diagnosing cancer and for understanding the role of proteins in this and other major diseases.
  • 13.03.2019 - 01:00

    Events - Enabling health equality in Europe – the role of health research - 6 May 2019, Brussels, Belgium

    The European Commission's Scientific Panel for Health (SPH) is a science-led expert group based on the provisions of the Horizon 2020 Specific Programme, which is tasked with helping to achieve better health and wellbeing for all.

    The Panel’s main roles are to provide foresight and overall vision and strategy, as well as, to identify bottlenecks to innovation and propose solutions in the area of health and biomedical research.

    Based on interactions with stakeholders during conferences and workshops, the Scientific Panel for Health set out a vision for the future of health and biomedical research in two consensus documents: ‘Better Research for Better Health’ in 2016, and a proposal ‘Building the Future of Health Research’ in 2018.

    Both documents are available through the SPH website.

    From further stakeholders’ consultation important topics were identified that will be the focus of the next forum to be organized with the European Commission on May 6, 2019 in Brussels: ‘Enabling health equality in Europe – the role of health research’.

    The forum explores the current situation, barriers in participation and engagement with health research, and ways forward.

    The SPH wishes to build an ambitious future for health research in Europe.

    The forum with the European Commission is an opportunity to participate in the debate to which you are warmly invited.

    For more information, please contact the SPH secretariat at

  • 12.03.2019 - 01:00

    Research Headlines - Therapeutic robots to help autistic children communicate

    An EU-funded project is developing software, based on artificial intelligence, that enables robots to more effectively interact with autistic children in human-led therapy sessions, helping to improve their social and communication skills.
  • 08.03.2019 - 01:00

    Health - EU researchers find link between resistance to antibiotics and sanitation

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is directly linked to sanitary conditions and the population’s general state of health: the better the sanitation, the lower the problem of AMR.
  • 08.03.2019 - 01:00

    Research Headlines - Promoting gender equality in science

    European science is missing out on talent as leadership positions remain predominantly occupied by men. To challenge this gender imbalance, an EU-funded project is helping research institutes support female staff in their research career and encouraging work-life balance.