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EU4Health – Action grants on substances of human origin (SoHo) – Increase resilience, ensure continuity of supply and access to safe and high quality therapies, in particular in times of crisis – 2021

The EU4Health Programme aims at improving human health throughout the Union and ensuring a high level of protection of human health in all Union policies and activities.

3.5 million euro

Appeal framework

Institution European Commission
Sectors Health
Beneficiaries All beneficiaries
Regions Balkans, Candidate countries, Caucasus, European Economic Area, European Union, Mediterranean countries
  • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories linked to it (OCTs))
  • Eligible non-EU countries:
    • EEA countries
    • Countries associated to the EU4Health Programme (third countries, candidate countries and potential candidate countries, neighbourhood countries)
    • Countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature

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Priorities and funded actions


  • To identify, share, assess and refine measures and actions taken and planned to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on safety, quality and accessibility of these therapies among the following sub-sectors:
    • blood and blood components (red blood cells, plasma);
    • organs (e.g. kidneys, liver, heart);
    • haematopoietic stem cells (bone marrow, cord blood);
    • gametes and embryos (for reproductive medicine);
    • tissues (corneas, heart valves)



  • Priority 1: Development and dissemination of good practices and guidance by medical/professional associations and Member States authorities in the SoHO subsectors to strengthen and make more resilient transplant, transfusion and medically assisted reproduction systems, in particular during crises
  • Priority 2: Contribution to a more sustainable supply and increased access to essential SoHO therapies with mitigating actions to avoid disruptions (by comparison with the annual volumes monitored routinely for several SoHO subsectors)


Among financed activities:

  • Identification of good practices and guidance for clinics and healthcare systems where existing;
  • Development of good practices and guidance for clinics and healthcare systems;
  • Dissemination/exchange of good practices between medical/professional association across the Union and Member States authorities;
  • Events, meetings, exchanges


Additional information

  • This call for proposals is an open call for proposals
  • Initial duration of the project: 30 months



  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies) created under Union law or an international organisation, or
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries
  • Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries
  • Amount of the grant: 700,000 euro per project
  • Co-financing rate: between 60% and 80% of the total eligible costs

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