CLUSTER 1 – HEALTH | Destination #3: Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden

March 6, 2023

Destination #3 of Cluster Health is referred to as Tackling diseases and reducing disease burden”. Under the umbrella of this Cluster of Health, there are in total six distinct destinations or impacts, each one related to a specific area of the broad issue of health. Here we will analyze destination #3.

Where does destination #3 aim at?

  1. Better understanding and treatment of diseases, more effective and innovative health technologies, better ability and preparedness to manage epidemic outbreaks and improved patient safety.
  2. New public health interventions, diagnostics, vaccines, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, new antibiotics, and alternatives to them.
  3. Combat infectious diseases including antimicrobial resistances and emerging epidemics and pandemics, to respond to major unmet needs for global health security, including the global burden of non-communicable diseases.

Which Horizon calls address destination #3?

Each cluster of Horizon Europe is addressed by the so-called “calls”, a kind of announcement from the European Commission to all stakeholders, and to everyone interested in applying for funding for a project or a research idea.

Calls are also announced for each destination of each cluster. Thus, for this destination #3, calls for proposals are directed towards the Key Strategic Orientation KSO-D Creating a more resilient, inclusive and democratic European society of Horizon Europe’s Strategic Plan 2021-2024. 

Research and innovation supported under this destination should contribute to the impact area Good health and high-quality accessible healthcareand in particular to the following expected impact, set out in the Strategic Plan for the health cluster: Healthcare providers are able to better tackle and manage diseases (infectious diseases, including poverty-related and neglected diseases, non-communicable and rare diseases) and reduce the disease burden on patients effectively thanks to better understanding and treatment of diseases, more effective and innovative health technologies, better ability and preparedness to manage epidemic outbreaks and improved patient safety”. In addition, research and innovation supported under this destination could also contribute to the following impact areas: “A resilient EU prepared for emerging threats, Climate change mitigation and adaptation, and High-quality digital services for all”.

Specifically, the calls under destination #3, Tackling diseases and reducing the disease burden of Cluster 1-Health are 5 and each one has a number of topics:

Call – Tackling diseases (Single stage – 2023). There are eight topics in this area. The deadline to submit applications is on 13 April 2023 at 17:00 CEST.

Call – Partnerships in Health (2023). This call has one topic and the deadline to submit applications is on 19 September 2023 at 17:00 (CEST).

Call – Tackling diseases (Two stage – 2024) has four topics. 

Call – Tackling diseases (Single stage – 2024), with two topics: 

Call – Partnerships in Health (2024), with one topic.  

For further information on the calls for proposals, the funded activities and relevant details you can visit the Funding and Tenders portal.

Info day on cluster Health 

European Commission organized a virtual Info Day for all the destinations of Cluster 1 – Health on 19 January 2023. 

Find the presentation of destination #3 of Cluster Health here:

Find an overview of all the presentations for all six destinations made during the Info Day here:

You can find more in the Info Day on social media by using this hashtag: #CL1INFODAY and on Horizon Europe’s accounts, @HorizonEU

Read more about Cluster Health here:

If you want to apply for funding for Cluster Health, find information here: Funding and Tenders portal.

Other destinations of Cluster Health

Cluster Health, has in total six destinations or impacts:

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

Read about the other destinations in our upcoming blog articles.
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