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Call for proposals: action grants on mental health challenges for cancer patients and survivors Sub-topic (a): Mental health and Cancer (CR-g-23-19.01)
EU4Health programme 2021-2027
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This action is part of the Health promotion and disease prevention strand and Cancer as cross-cutting. It 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 expected results include the provision of psychological and psychosocial support to cancer patients/survivors, their families and informal carers and a series of targeted interventions. This action will contribute to reducing the risk of long-term mental health problems among cancer patients and survivors, as well as their careers and families.
Activities will include:
(i) systematic screening of the mental health status of cancer patients, their carers and families in order to identify persons at risk of developing mental health problems;
(ii) development of methodologies that can support the identification of patients, their carers and families, with risk factors for mental health challenges, and the piloting and further testing of such methodologies to assess their impact and transferability at EU level;
(iii) providing psychological and psychosocial support and targeted interventions for cancer patients, survivors, their carers and families in order to prevent long-term mental health consequences;
(iv) developing guidance and recommendations for professionals to ensure mental health aspects throughout the entire patient care pathway;
(v) provision of professional psychosocial support for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer.
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 of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions: minimum 3 entities from 3 different eligible countries, at least one NGO working in the field of cancer or mental health; at least one patient organisation working in the field of cancer or 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.
other eligibility criteria
Specific mandatory deliverables and/or milestones
This action aims to address mental health challenges in cancer patients and survivors, their families and informal carers and improve their quality of care and life by screening and identifying at risk individuals for mental health challenges, providing psychosocial support and developing guidelines to incorporate mental health care throughout the duration of the cancer pathway
Mental health care activities may include innovative and promising approaches (such as social prescription, role of sport and physical activity, healthy lifestyle) and should focus on vulnerable groups like children, young people and elderly.
Activities shall include one or more of the following:
- development and piloting of methodologies on identifying cancer patients/survivors, their families and informal carers, with risk factors for mental health challenges, including testing, adjustment, and replication of these methodologies at EU-level;
- development of a set of practical documents (e.g. guidelines, recommendations) to guide and support health professionals (e.g. working in primary cancer care and/or hospitals), to support mental health inclusion in the entirety of the patient cancer care pathway;
- development of a standard approach for systematic screening of mental health challenges in cancer patient/survivors, their families and informal carers, with a special focus on children, young people and the elderly.
Every proposal must include a specific work package with measures aiming at reducing health inequalities and look specifically at the role of innovative and promising approaches.
These activities shall contribute to improved prevention of mental health challenges, better and earlier detection of individuals at risk of developing mental health challenges and improved quality of life and care of patients/survivors, their families and informal carers.
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)