The main goal of the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Societal Challenge (SC1) is better health for all. It aims to keep older people active and independent for longer and support the development of new, safer and more effective interventions – at the same time contributing to the sustainability of health and care systems.
The choice to focus on personalising health and care is informed by the ageing of the European population, an increasing communicable and non-communicable disease burden, and the fall-out from the economic crisis. In combination, these factors are jeopardising the sustainability and equity of European health and care systems, on which Europe already spends nearly 10% of its GDP. The European Commission aims to create opportunities for real breakthrough research and radical innovation in response to these challenges, by supporting the translation of findings into the clinic and other health and care settings to improve health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and to promote active and healthy ageing.
The topics chosen reflect the need for a translational and integrated approach to the challenge, providing support both to longer and mid-term research as well as to shorter term innovation activities.
Taken together, work to be supported will improve Europe’s understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and disease; improve its ability to monitor health and to prevent, detect, treat and manage disease; support older persons to remain active and healthy; and test and demonstrate new models and tools for health and care delivery.
More than €2bn will be invested in SC1 over the years 2018-20.