The Health theme is a major theme of the Cooperation programme and the EU has earmarked a total of € 6.1 billion for funding this theme over the duration of FP7. The specific programme on 'Cooperation' supports all types of research activities. One of the main objectives of this theme, clinical research is expected to be a major tool used in the funded projects.
Priority will be given to the following activities:
- Biotechnology, generic tools and technologies for human health - producing knowledge that will be applied in the area of health and medicine;
- Translating research for human health - making sure that basic discoveries have practical benefits and improve the quality of life;
- Optimising the delivery of health care to European citizens - ensuring that the results of biomedical research will ultimately reach the citizens;
while underlying child health, health of the ageing population and gender-related health as overarching issues of the Health theme.