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European partnership on animal health and welfare 1st call: Supporting the Future of Animal Health and Welfare

Funding Program

Horizon Europe - Cluster 6 - Destination 2: Fair, Healthy and Environmentally-friendly Food Systems from Primary Production to Consumption



08.07.2024 15:00

Call budget

€ 24,603,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

The European Partnership for Animal Health and Welfare (EUPAHW) is a research and innovation partnership, funded by Horizon Europe. Its aim is to move Europe towards healthy and sustainable animal production systems (for both terrestrial and aquatic animals) and to significantly improve livestock welfare. In addition, the EUPAHW aims to improve the health and well-being of the human population by facilitating cross-sectoral cooperation in the spirit of “one health - one welfare.” EUPAHW provides cascade funding and the first call "Supporting the Future of Animal Health and Welfare" is open until July 3, 2024 (pre-proposals) or February 4, 2025 (full proposals).

Call objectives

The upcoming call aims to improve animal health and welfare by supporting innovative research to develop new and improved technologies and to address fundamental socio-economic issues related to the prevention, detection, assessment, and management of animal health and welfare issues. The funding program is aimed at researchers working in the field of animal health and welfare at universities, non-academic research institutions, and nonprofit organizations in related sectors.

Expected results

Topic 1: Novel Technologies for Prevention, Detection, Assessment, and Management of Animal Health and Welfare

This topic includes research projects that concentrate on creating and advancing innovative technologies to enhance animal health and welfare, including the following examples:

  • Technologies ranging from genomic surveillance of health and improved disease diagnostic methods to novel or improved vaccines and vaccine platforms
  • The development of new technologies aimed at monitoring and improving animal welfare, for example the creation of sensors, decision support tools, or innovative animal husbandry and aquaculture systems.

Topic 2: Fundamental Research for Animal Health and Welfare

This topic involves research on the biological, immunological, and physiological mechanisms influencing animal health and welfare.

  • Examples include learning more about pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses, fungi, or prions responsible for important economic losses or high risk for transmission to humans), interactions with the host microbiome, diagnostics, immunology, and basic welfare indicators such as normal behavior, positive emotional state, thermal comfort, ease of movement, absence of disease.

Topic 3: Animal Health and Welfare and Society

This topic covers social, economic, or ethical studies that examine how pathogens, novel technologies or improved animal welfare might impact farmers, fishers, aquaculture producers, consumers, or the production chain. This includes studies that focus on human behavior in relation to biosecurity, perceptions of animal welfare and their impacts on demand, as well as communication with farmers and producers to improve awareness and recognition of animal health and welfare and protection (e.g. to improve policy acceptance, facilitate the transition to sustainable production).

Topics that cannot be submitted in this call:

  • Improving human health
  • Companion animals
  • Food-borne pathogens
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the context of public/human health
  • Socio-economic projects that do not integrate animal health and/or welfare
  • Development of new antimicrobials

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Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

Austria (Österreich), Belgium (Belgique/België), Denmark (Danmark), Estonia (Eesti), Finland (Suomi/Finland), France, Germany (Deutschland), Ireland (Éire/Ireland), Italy (Italia), Latvia (Latvija), Lithuania (Lietuva), Netherlands (Nederland), Norway (Norge), Portugal, Slovakia (Slovensko), Slovenia (Slovenija), Spain (España), Sweden (Sverige), Türkiye, United Kingdom

eligible entities

Education and training institution, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

Each proposal must involve a minimum of three and a maximum of six partner groups from at least three different participating partner countries. A joint proposal must be submitted by the project coordinator to the central Call Secretariat. The financial share of each participating country may not exceed 60%. Review criteria include scientific excellence and socio-political relevance (including the involvement of interest groups).

The researchers are funded by their respective national/regional funding organizations. More information can be found on pages 12-13 of the call document.

The partnership includes 30 funding organizations from 24 European countries within and outside the EU. The current list of potential participating countries can be found on the EUPAHW website.

Who can apply?

Universities and other higher education institutions, public research institutions, non-profit organisations, consumers/citizens and civil society representatives and private companies can apply, subject to the national/regional regulations and eligibility criteria (Annex VII). Partners ineligible to receive funding from any of the FOs can also be part of research consortia if they bring their own resources and submit an appropriate “Letter of Commitment” (see Annex V). However, these applicants cannot be the coordinator, and they will not count towards the minimum or maximum number of partners. In order to facilitate the building of consortia, a partnering tool will be available on the submission tool homepage (

Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) that are beneficiaries of the EUPAHW and are interested in participating in external research calls are allowed to do so in cases defined in the Grant Agreement and Annex II.

other eligibility criteria

  • Proposals must be written in English.
  • Proposals must be submitted before the submission deadline using the submission website (
  • The project duration must not exceed 3 years.
  • Researchers can contribute to more than one research proposal submitted to the co-funded call, provided there is no double funding of the same work or cost item, and the same work is proposed only once, and that FO national regulations allow it. In case of participation in more than one project, partners must name the proposals, in which they are involved and explain clearly how their work within the respective proposals differs in the section “Partners” (via Partner Login) under “Tasks within the project”.
  • The proposed research project must be consistent with the scope of this call and with the national/organisational thematic priorities of the countries/regions involved in the proposed project. National/regional/organisational priorities are described in the national/regional regulations (see Annex VII) and can be communicated by the Funding Contact Persons (FCP) (Annex I).
  • The applicants must also respect the national/regional eligibility criteria defined by the FO they are requesting funding to. Please consider that some FOs also request the submission of a national/regional application (See Annex VII).
  • The submission of a pre-proposal is compulsory. Applicants cannot submit a full-proposal at a later stage without having submitted a pre-proposal and having been invited for full-proposal submission.
  • Projects must follow the rules outlined under “consortium structure”.
  • Full proposals must submit a Communication and Dissemination Plan (Annex III) and a Data Management Plan (Annex IV).
  • Applicants from countries not participating as funders in this call are welcome in research consortia, but cannot receive funding. Those associated partners should clearly demonstrate an added value to the consortium and secure their resources. The coordinator should ensure that sufficient resources are secured from these associated partners. The letter of commitment must be provided together with submitting the pre-proposal (letter of commitment template; Annex V). The same applies to all partners who are not eligible or not applying for national/regional funding from the FOs participating in the call. The associated partners will not count towards the maximum or minimum number of partners required. An associated partner can only be a partner in a proposal, not coordinator of a proposal.
  • Total funding of partners in one country must not exceed 60% of the total funding budget of the proposal in order to achieve balanced partnerships and ensure that responsibility and risks are shared.
  • If a consortium does not meet the minimum number of partners, or exceeds the maximum number of partners, or if one or more of the partners requesting funding is not eligible according to the national/regional funding criteria, the proposal will be rejected without being evaluated.

Additional information


Administration & Governance, Institutional Capacity & Cooperation, 
Agriculture & Forestry, Fishery, Food, Soil quality, 
Air Quality, Biodiversity & Environment, Climate & Climate Change, Water quality & management, 
Disaster Prevention, Resilience, Risk Management, 
Health, Social Services, Sports

Relevance for EU Macro-Region

EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region

UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)

project duration

36 months

Additional Information

For applicants in Austria, please consult the FWF website:

In a first step, pre-proposals must be submitted online using the EUPAHW submission tool.

No other methods or means of submission will be accepted. The pre-proposal can be updated and resubmitted as often as required until the end of the submission period, but not after the deadline.

A PDF template for the pre-proposal is available on the EUPAHW submission tool for information purposes only. Applicants are strongly recommended to work directly in the submission tool from the start of their application.

Application and review are carried out in a two-stage procedure.

  • Submission of pre-proposals: May 8 to July 3, 2024 (2:00 pm local time Vienna)
  • Submission of full proposals: scheduled for November 2024 to February 4, 2025 (2:00 pm local time Vienna)
  • Decision on full proposals: expected in July 2025

In addition to the application to the Call Secretariat, administrative and financial data as well as the academic abstracts for the proposal must be submitted to the FWF on elane (in compliance with the FWF application guidelines for Principal Investigator Projects).

In the pre-proposal phase, applications must be submitted under the program category “PIK - International Projects (Pre-Proposals)” (deadline: July 4, 2024, 2:00 pm local time Vienna).

For the full proposal phase, please select the program category “PIN - International Projects” (deadline: February 5, 2025, 2:00 pm local time Vienna).

Both steps are required.

Pre-proposal submission:

The project coordinator must create an account for the proposal on the EUPAHW submission tool and provide the following core data:

  • project title,
  • project acronym,
  • research topic,
  • keywords,
  • duration, including expected project start and end date,
  • Gantt chart,
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL), if applicable,
  • project coordinator (incl. tasks, curriculum vitae of PI, list of relevant publications, team members),
  • consortium composition, i.e. organisation name and PIC number, type and country, tasks and references for each partner including the coordinator,
  • total budget and requested funding for each partner, and respective FO (where applicable),
  • summary suitable for publication,
  • background and state of the art,
  • project description,
  • potential impact of the proposal,
  • optionally: a maximum of three experts (by name), who should not evaluate the proposal due to a specific conflict of interest.

A pre-proposal template (PDF) for information only will be provided on the submission homepage ( However, applicants are strongly encouraged to start working directly in the submission tool from the beginning of their application.

The project description may not exceed 10,000 characters including spaces and should:

  • specify the relevance to the call scope and topic, identifying the SRIA Research Action adressed, also detailing the impact of the research subject,
  • describe the scientific idea and formulate clear research objectives,
  • explain the composition of the consortium,
  • provide information on the project management and responsibilities of the project partners,
  • provide a short description of the research activities and the organisation of work (work packages),
  • provide information on the involvement of private/non-academic/industrial partners.

Call documents

EUPAWH Call 1EUPAWH Call 1(2397kB)


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