EuroHealthNet continues to help shape the next EU Research & Innovation programme, Horizon Europe, through replying to a survey on the first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan. This plan will define the strategic orientations for the Commission’s research and innovation investments over the period 2021-2024 and aims to act as a compass to stay on course with its political priorities: a climate-neutral and green Europe, fit for the digital age, where the economy works for the people.
The survey provided the opportunity for feedback on the expected impacts to be targeted by research and innovation within Horizon Europe and the contribution of Research and Innovation (R&I) investments to the EU’s political priorities. Throughout its reply, EuroHealthNet highlighted the importance of jointly considering health, equity and the environment, building on its Horizon 2020 research initiative INHERIT, as well as of ensuring that health promotion and reducing inequalities are important elements of research priorities.
Specific elements that were highlighted include the fact that “behavioural transformations” need to be encouraged through wider enabling conditions for a fair transition, and with a solid understanding of the underlying socioeconomic determinants, and that research funding for health should not just support biomedical sciences, but also prioritise research that focuses on a psycho-social model of health, helping to generate specialist knowledge able to embrace the social determinants of health inequalities and place people at the centre.
The response in full can be found here.