EU tenders

Tenders are significantly different than other EU projects insofar as they are based on a contract in which the European Commission procures services from a consortium to inform its own policy process. The tender is published indicating the deliverables which are to be achieved and the maximum price the European Commission is willing to pay. The consortium in turn submits a bid which outlines its proposal to achieve the deliverables and the price at which it will deliver the services. The European Commission can select among all bids submitted and award the contract to the consortium whose bid is deemed to be most suitable. Throughout the contract and after its fulfillment, the European Commission is the owner of the project outcomes and can decide on the action taken as well as whether or not to make the results public. Calls for tender usually support and inform policies of the European Commission

  1. EU tender on the Promotion of Self-Care Systems in the EU (PiSCE)
  2. Study concerning the review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU
  3. Empowering patients in the management of chronic diseases (EMPATHIE)

EU projects

The majority of EU projects are co-funded by the European Commission through dedicated financial instruments, such as funding from the Directorate General for Research (e.g. Horizon 2020) or from the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (e.g. Public Health Programme), which have both been sources of funding of projects CPME has been involved in. The financial instrument’s budget is often categorised according to priority areas, for which ‘calls’ for project proposals are published. They may focus on research, data or other type of policy gaps identified by the European Commission or stakeholders. .Interested parties can then form a consortium and submit proposals for projects, typically outlining a work plan subdivided into various so-called ‘Work Packages’. Since there are numerous projects for each funding call, their political visibility and impact depends on the project consortium’s efforts and the quality of results. Projects usually receive 50 % co-funding from the European Commission, while the remaining 50 % of the budget must be provided by the consortium involved.

  1. EU-OSHA 'Healthy Workplaces'
  2. The Momentum Thematic Network
  3. InterQuality
  4. Chain of Trust

EU joint actions

Joint Actions are high level EU projects which are established as a result or in implementation of policy processes. Their main objective is to engage Member States, through the participation of Ministries of Health or other nominated representatives in cooperation on specific policy objectives. Stakeholders may be involved also. Given the close links to the EU policy context the impact of the project outcomes is expected to be stronger than with regular EU projects, therefore they have higher political importance. Joint Actions are usually 50% co-funded by the European Commission, while the remaining 50 % of the budget must be provided by Member States and stakeholders involved.

  1. Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting
  2. PaSQ - Patient Safety and Quality of Care Joint Action
  3. eHealth Governance Initiative Joint Action
  4. PARENT - PAtient REgistries iNiTiative
  5. EUnetHTA