Commission awards €508 million to 75 health research projects

The Commission awards €508 million in grants to 75 projects to tackle cancer, brain-related diseases, infectious diseases, complex chronic conditions, antimicrobial resistance and other important areas of health research. These projects are to receive money following the official signatures of grant agreements in the coming weeks. They were short-listed after evaluation and will involve 1,158 participants from 58 countries. In this final year of Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, it marks the largest total award for collaborative research for health. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “EU-funded research and innovation is a key part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but, at the same time, we are not neglecting other vital issues for our health and well-being. The EU has a crucial role to play through the scale of investments, including in key European research infrastructures, its attention to major challenges, such as cancer, antimicrobial resistance and environmental impacts on health, the coordination of national efforts and international collaboration.” The investments will also enable the development of digital diagnostics and various new interventions, including treatments and vaccines. More information is available here and a list of the selected projects here.