Horizon Europe Cluster 1: Health

Posted on: 08/04/2021

Horizon Europe is the European Funding Framework Programme which follows on from its predecessor Horizon 2020. It will run for seven years from 2021 to 2027. The total budget set for the programme is €95.5 billion. There are six Clusters under Pillar 2: Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness. Health is Cluster 1.

This page should give you all the information you need to have a comprehensive understanding of the Health Cluster.

The aims of this cluster include improving and protecting the health and well-being of citizens of all ages by generating new knowledge, developing innovative solutions and integrating where relevant a gender perspective to prevent, diagnose, monitor, treat and cure diseases.

We recently recorded a video to give you an overview of the Five Horizon Europe Missions. You can watch it here.

Work Programme

The work programme gives an introduction to the Health Cluster, and all of the current and forthcoming funding calls that will be published. To download the 2021-2022 work programme, click here.

The call topics in the Work Programme are organised within six strands called Destinations:

  • Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society (€289 million)
  • Living and working in a health-promoting environment (€350 million)
  • Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden (€489.5 million)
  • Ensuring access to innovative, sustainable and high-quality health care (€240 million)
  • Unlocking the full potential of new tools, technologies and digital solutions for a healthy society (€270 million)
  • Maintaining an innovative, sustainable and globally competitive health related industry (€113m)

Information on Funding Opportunities can be found here.

Related Funding

Horizon Europe funding opportunities outside of the ‘Health Cluster’ that may be of interest to Health researchers/innovators can be found here.

Further information is available via the above links. The European Commission also held an information webinar for National Contact Points – the recording is available, as well as a slide set which was updated slightly after the event to include some additional information.

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) has now launched IHI – calls 1 and 2.

IHI – call 1 is a single-stage call for proposals with the following topics:

  • Topic 1: An innovative decision-support system for improved care pathways for patients with neurodegenerative diseases and comorbidities
  • Topic 2: Next generation imaging and image-guided diagnosis and therapy for cancer
  • Topic 3: Personalised oncology: innovative people centred, multi-modal therapies against cancer
  • Topic 4: Access and integration of heterogeneous health data for improved healthcare in disease areas of high unmet public health need

Deadline for full proposals: 20 September 2022

Call web page: https://bit.ly/3njHZhf

IHI – call 2 is a two-stage call for proposals with the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Cardiovascular diseases – improved prediction, prevention, diagnosis, and monitoring
  • Topic 2: Setting up a harmonised methodology to promote uptake of early feasibility studies for clinical and innovation excellence in the European Union

Deadline for short proposals: 20 September 2022

Call web page: https://bit.ly/39T3EKe

Related Events

We will update as soon as there are events available.



Following on from our webinar series, we have published a frequently asked questions document in order to respond to commonly asked questions and answers on Horizon Europe. To download the FAQs, click here.

National Contact Points

The network of National Contact Points (NCPs) is the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in European Framework Programmes including Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. Contact the following NCP’s for support:

Tristan Fancourt (contact for Academia)
Email: ncp@mrc.ukri.org

Jo Frost (contact for Industry)
Telephone: 07597 526 207
Email: NCP-Health@innovateuk.ukri.org

If you are from another sector (e.g. Charity, Government, NHS) please copy both Jo and Tristan into your email.


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Additional Websites for Further Information

UK Research and Information (UKRI) official Horizon Europe webpage: https://www.ukri.org/apply-for-funding/horizon-europe/

European Commission official Horizon Europe webpage:

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