Horizon 2020 – DRAFT Work Programme 2018-2020 Health, demographic change and wellbeing

Europe is facing four main healthcare challenges: (i) the rising and potentially unsustainable health and care costs, mainly due to the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, to an ageing population requiring more diversified care and to increasing societal demands; (ii) the influence on health of external environmental factors including climate change; (iii) the risk to lose our ability to protect the populations against the threats of infectious diseases ; (iv) health inequalities and access to health and care. Europe must invest in research, technology and innovation to develop smart, scalable and sustainable solutions that will overcome those challenges. Europe must work with other global actors and must grasp every opportunity for leadership.
Objectives and policy drivers
Building on the principle of openness – open science, open innovation and open to the world the societal challenge 1 on ‘health, demographic change and well-being’ (SC1) aims to deliver solutions for a better health for all by:

  •  Moving towards the effective integration of personalised medicine approaches into healthcare services and systems to the benefit of patients and citizens;
  • Fighting infectious diseases and the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance;
  • Addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups and the global increase of chronic diseases;
  • Decoding the role of environment – including climate change and air quality – on health and developing mitigating measures;
  • Exploring the digital potential for health innovation and healthcare, including the building of a ‘European health research and innovation cloud;
  • Stimulating innovation in the European healthcare domain and industry by exploring the application of advanced

(N.B. All draft work programmes are made public before the adoption of the work programme 2018-2020 to provide potential participants with the currently expected main lines of this work programme. Only the adopted work programme will have legal value.)