The objective of health research under FP7 is to improve the health of European citizens and boost the competitiveness of health-related industries and businesses, while addressing global health issues such as anti-microbial resistance, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and emerging pandemics. These targets shall be reached by transferring the results into clinical applications, development and validation of new therapies, health promotion and prevention actions, conveying healthy ageing, instruments and technologies in diagnostics as well as sustainable health care systems.

Health consists of three Activities subdivided in various Areas. In a work programme published on a yearly basis different Topics are described in detail:

1. Biotechnology, generic tools and technologies for human health - producing knowledge that will be applied in the area of health and medicine
2. Translating research for human health - making sure that basic discoveries have practical benefits and improve the quality of life
3. Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens - ensuring that the results of biomedical research will ultimately reach the citizens

Filing a proposal is only possible referring to one of the specific Calls which are published on the European Commission’s Participant Portal.

In general at least three independant legal entities out of three different EU member or associated countries have to form a consortium. Consortia including small and medium-sized enterprises are funded with preference.

The detailed eligibility criteria and conditions are defined in the respective Work Programme and the Call Fiche.