If you work in health research and innovation, there are plenty of European funding opportunities coming up. The EU is just launching Horizon Europe, its latest research and innovation programme, which will run until 2027 with a budget of at least €95.5 billion.

All types of UK organisations – including academia, industry, the NHS, and charities – can apply for funding on the same terms as EU-based applicants, as the UK will ‘associate’ to Horizon Europe.

People in health and care scenarios.
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Many of the research and innovation funding opportunities for Health are from Horizon Europe’s ‘Health Cluster’ which has at least €8.3 billion of funding available over the programme and a range of opportunities to access new knowledge, develop partnerships, and/or access new markets. The UK has had great success in the past, with UK organisations taking part in projects over 16,000 times (including 2,800 times by UK SMEs) in the previous programme, Horizon 2020.

What will the ‘Health Cluster’ fund?

The Health Cluster has a range of funding opportunities broadly falling within six sub-areas, known as ‘destinations’:

  • Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society
  • Living and working in a health-promoting environment
  • Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden
  • Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care
  • Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society
  • Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health-related industry.

Source: Horizon Europe: €8.3 billion available for Health research and innovation – Innovate UK