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Call for proposals: action grants on mental health challenges for cancer patients and survivors Sub-topic (b): European Code for Mental Health (CR-g-23-19.02)
EU4Health programme 2021-2027
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This action is part of the Health promotion and disease prevention strand. This action will support the policy objective of reducing the burden of cancer and of mental health problems and implements the EU4Health Programme’s general objective of improving and fostering health in the Union (Article 3, point (a) of Regulation (EU) 2021/522) through the specific objectives defined in Article 4, points (a), (b) and (i), of Regulation (EU) 2021/522).
This action aims to address mental health challenges in cancer patients and survivors, and their carers and families.
Expected effects and impacts
The development of a European Code for Mental Health will empower citizens, help raise awareness and improve their own health literacy.
Activities will include: Development of a European Code for Mental Health which contains messages that are evidence-based, easy-to-understand and easy-to-implement for citizens about actions they can take for themselves or their families to reduce their risk of mental health problems.
Regions / countries for funding
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), Norway (Norge), Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, 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)
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium, which complies with the following conditions: Minimum 5 entities (beneficiaries, not affiliated entities) from 5 different eligible countries; at least one NGO working in the field of mental health; at least one patient organisation working in the field of mental health; at least one public authority responsible for mental health. This needs to be clearly mentioned in the proposal.
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs
- eligible non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the EU4Health Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)
Other entities may participate in other consortium roles, such as associated partners, subcontractors, third parties giving in-kind contributions, etc.
Natural persons — Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person).
International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
Entities without legal personality — Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
European Reference Networks (ERNs) — These cover networks between healthcare providers and centres of expertise in the Member States to reinforce healthcare cooperation, in particular in the area of rare diseases, in line with the objectives set out in Article 12 of Directive 2011/24.
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Specific mandatory deliverables and/or milestones
This action aims to address mental health challenges in European citizens through easy-to-understand messages that most people can follow without any special skills or advice. Through easy wording that explains the mental health risk, each of the recommendations in the code will support people in how they can protect themselves, their families and their carers, and improve their quality of care and life.
This action will support the promotion of good mental health and prevention of mental health problems, in the general population, through the development of a European Code for Mental Health. The objective of a European Code for Mental Health will be to inform EU citizens about evidence-based actions they can take for themselves or their families to promote mental health and to reduce the risk of mental health problems, thereby contributing to increasing the mental health resilience of societies.
The creation of the European Code for Mental Health shall follow the example of the European Code against Cancer, by identifying actions, based on generally accepted scientific evidence, that individual citizens can take to help prevent mental health issues.
Efforts shall be made to include a multidisciplinary approach in identifying, analysing and reviewing scientific evidence.
The European Code for Mental Health shall:
- be presented as an IT on-line toolbox to be easily available and accessible to all EU citizens (general population) in all the EU official languages and Ukrainian;
- be understandable and easily applicable by the general public;
- raise awareness amongst the general population of the importance of mental health in our daily lives;
- recognise that individual choices are heavily framed by social, economic and commercial determinants of health.
- increase knowledge on the prevention of mental health problems, including recognising early signs and symptoms;
- empower citizens to take action to improve their own mental health and that of their families and friends, while recognising that their choices and paths are framed by their environments ;
- help to break through stigma and discrimination related to mental health, promoting empowerment without placing undue burden on individuals by suggesting that they are solely responsible for their mental health outcomes but rather considering how broad health, social and commercial determinants can impact mental health;
- provide information on how to seek help or mental health support.
The activities shall include:
- consultation in an interdisciplinary approach including public health and mental health specialists (e.g. public health doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses) in at least 5 Member States (at least 3 specialists in different fields in each Member State) on the content and usability of the draft European Code for Mental Health before pilot-testing;
- pilot-testing of the draft European Code for Mental Health amongst a sample that is representative of the general public in at least 5 Member States, to ensure that the messages are easy to understand and easily applicable in an individual’s daily life;
- adjustment of the European Code for Mental Health based on the outcomes of the consultation and pilot-testing.
In order to ensure sustainability, the online toolbox shall be available to be embedded in the DG SANTE official website, at the end of the project.
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)
The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement (60%). You can apply for a higher project funding rate (80%) if your project is of ‘exceptional utility’, i.e. concerns:
- actions where at least 30 % of the budget is allocated to Member States whose GNI per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average or
- actions with bodies from at least 14 Member States and where at least four are from Member States whose GNI per inhabitant is less than 90% of the EU average.
Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System (accessible via the Topic page in the Search Funding & Tenders section). Paper submissions are NOT possible. Proposals (including annexes and supporting documents) must be submitted using the forms provided inside the Submission System.
Proposals must be complete and contain all the requested information and all required annexes and supporting documents:
- Application Form Part A — contains administrative information about the participants (future coordinator, beneficiaries and affiliated entities) and the summarised budget for the project (to be filled in directly online)
- Application Form Part B — contains the technical description of the project (to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed and then assembled and re-uploaded)
- mandatory annexes and supporting documents (templates available to be downloaded from the Portal Submission System, completed, assembled and re-uploaded):
- detailed budget table/calculator
- CVs (standard) of core project team
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years) (template available in Part B)