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    Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

    The specific objective of Societal Challenge 1 is to improve the lifelong health and well-being for all -children, adults, elderly. In addition, high-quality and economically sustainable health and care systems, and opportunities for new jobs and growth are the aims of support to research and innovation in response to this challenge. They will make a major contribution to Europe 2020.


    The cost of European Union health and social care systems is rising, with care and prevention measures for all ages becoming increasingly expensive. The number of Europeans aged over 65 is expected to nearly double from 85 million in 2008 to 151 million by 2060, and those over 80 to rise from 22 to 61 million in the same period.
    Reducing or containing these costs so that they do not become unsustainable depends in part on ensuring the lifelong health and well-being of all, and therefore on the effective prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability.

    Priority areas include:

    • Preventing disease
    • Treating and managing diseases
    • Active ageing and self-management
    • Methods and data

    Societal challenge 1 is also implemented by the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI 2), European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) and the Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL).


    Key Information

    Swiss eligibility:               Switzerland is fully associated to Horizon 2020 
    Horizon 2020 Funding:   Participant Portal 
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    Call descriptions, rules:   Work Programme (2016-2017)

    Scientific Disciplines

    • Life Sciences
    • Medicine & Pharmaceutics
    • Public Health

    Industrial Sectors

    • Biostatistics
    • Care & Health Services
    • Clinical Research
    • Oncology
    • Diagnostics
    • Diseases
    • Gerontology / Geriatrics
    • Heart & Blood Circulation Illnesses
    • Human Health
    • Neurology / Brain Research
    • Measures & Standards
    • Pharmaceuticals / Drugs
    • Biology / Biotechnology
    • Genome Research

    Main Target Audience

    • Universities / UAS
    • Research institutes
    • NGOs
    • SMEs
    • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Hospitals
    • Patient organisations
    • CROs

    Your Contact

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    Sasha Hugentobler

    National Contact Point (NCP):
    Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing
    Effingerstrasse 19
    3008 Bern
    Tel.:+41 31 380 60 06

    Open calls

    Open calls

    The Work Programme 2018-2020 is expected to be published at the end of the year. For preliminary information on the upcoming calls please contact us. 

    Upcoming Events

    Date City Vacancies Registration
    03 OCT
    Organiser: Luxinnovation / European Commission - Health
    11 OCT
    Organiser: Enterprise Europe Network
    17 OCT
    Organiser: Euresearch Basel