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Call for proposals on the prevention of NCDs in the area of mental health including actions supporting vulnerable population groups, such as migrants, refugees, Roma people and displaced people from Ukraine (DP-g-23-32-02)

Funding Program

EU4Health programme 2021-2027

Call number




17.10.2023 17:00

Funding rate


Call budget

€ 2,360,000.00

Estimated EU contribution per project

€ 590,000.00

Link to the call

Link to the submission

Call content

short description

This action is part of the Health promotion and disease prevention strand. This action supports the policy objective of promoting mental health and preventing and addressing mental health problems and disorders 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) and (i), of Regulation (EU) 2021/522. This action focuses on the prevention of NCDs in the area of mental health including actions supporting vulnerable population groups, such as migrants, refugees, Roma people and displaced people from Ukraine.

Call objectives

The aim of this action is to complement the implementation of the joint action “DP-g-23-32- 01 ‘Healthier Together’ EU NCD Initiative – Mental Health” led by the Member States, thus helping to promote mental health, and to reduce the burden of mental health problems in the Union, both at individual and population level, targeting or addressing the related risk factors and their determinants, as necessary.

Expected effects and impacts

The action will implement projects on health promotion and disease prevention, taking into account relevant results of Horizon 202017 and Horizon Europe projects, and is expected to support the Member States’ efforts to reduce the burden of NCDs (approximately 80% of the disease burden in Europe), in particular that related to mental health problems, and to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 3, in particular target 3.4.

The expected results will include initiatives to complement the Member States’ efforts in the design, planning and implementation of best practices, such as for the development of public health guidelines, supporting patient pathways, and support for the preparation and roll-out of new policy approaches, participation in the pilot testing of innovative practices, development of support actions such as training and improving health awareness and health literacy.

Expected results

The activities will cover the promotion of mental health and prevention and management of mental health problems, supporting in particular persons under vulnerable circumstances/vulnerable population groups (such as migrants, refugees, Roma people and displaced people from Ukraine). The activities will run in parallel to the joint action and will include the implementation of projects involving civil society organisations to support the Member States’ authorities in implementing comprehensive public health policies in the area of mental health, the development and transfer of best practices, the development of public health guidelines, the preparation and roll-out of innovative approaches and projects supporting patient pathways, and launching of targeted projects to support vulnerable groups including migrants, refugees, Roma people and displaced persons from Ukraine.

Activities should also include an equity dimension and aim at reducing health inequalities.

Eligibility Criteria

Regions / countries for funding

EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)
Moldova (Moldova), Island (Ísland), Norway (Norge), Ukraine (Україна)

eligible entities

Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University

Mandatory partnership


Project Partnership

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 mental health, at least one patient organisation working in the field of mental health. This needs to be clearly highlighted 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.

Specific cases:

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

The activities under this action shall support and complement the Member States’ efforts in developing and implementing a comprehensive and prevention-oriented approach to mental health.

The activities shall address vulnerable and socio-economically disadvantaged population groups whose mental health has been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including the elderly, young people, people with less secure employment, and people with less education or a lower income and particularly migrants, refugees, Roma people, displaced people from Ukraine as well as people still living in Ukraine.

Activities will also take into consideration socio-economic and environmental determinants as established risk factors for mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. poverty, unemployment, financial instability, a low educational level, violence, air pollution and climate crisis, homelessness, and social isolation).

The activities shall support the implementation of a comprehensive and prevention-oriented approach to mental health and support the actions in the Commission Communication on a comprehensive approach to mental health, including:

  • Promotion of good mental health and prevention of mental health problems through implementation of best and promising practices and approaches and implementable research results;
  • Design and implementation of a mental health in all policies coordinated approach between public authorities in multiple ministries and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Development of tools and approaches for mental health literacy and awareness-raising, early detection of those at risk for developing mental health problems within specific community settings, such as schools, elderly care centres, migrants/refugee centres and prisons, taking into account specific needs of the vulnerable groups of the population;
  • Improving access to evidence-based and innovative, promising and personalised approaches and interventions in the management of mental health problems, including improving community-based care and approaches, use of self-management tools and social prescribing for better outcomes;
  • Creating favourable conditions for patients, their families and (in)formal carers to improve their quality of life, with a focus on breaking through stigma. Reducing health inequalities in mental health within vulnerable groups should be addressed horizontally in all activities. To ensure a coherent approach and complementarity, it is key that this action builds on past and ongoing projects such as joint actions (e.g. JA ImpleMENTAL), relevant projects with WHO and OECD and stakeholders, and other EU funded initiatives on mental health.

This action shall support and complement the Member State’s efforts in addressing mental health challenges and in implementing a comprehensive approach to mental health, by doing at least one of the following activities:

  • Identification, collection, and sharing and adjustment and replication of best and promising practices on a comprehensive approach to mental health for vulnerable populations, and their roll-out for implementation through population-level health promotion interventions;
  • Development of public health guidelines or documents intended for use by specific professional groups working with vulnerable groups with a potential need to address mental health challenges (e.g. first aid providers, social care workers);
  • Identification, piloting and evaluation of innovative approaches to preventing and managing mental health problems in various community settings e.g. use of social prescribing (arts, sports etc.) and use of a community-based social franchising approach;
  • Development of guidelines and recommendations for actions, policies and programmes at national level catering to the specific needs of vulnerable populations e.g. suicide prevention programmes and programmes supporting the transition from youth to adult care;
  • Development of a code of good practice on how the people with ‘lived experience’ can be integrated in the development of mental health policies and programmes;
  • Development and implementation of awareness-raising activities with a focus on breaking down stigma on mental health (such as prevention of suicide and depression) with a focus on vulnerable groups;
  • Development, piloting and possible implementation of a methodology to ensure that mental health is integrated in relevant policies (Mental Health in All Policies approach)

Additional information


Demographic Change, European Citizenship, Migration, 
Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, 
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

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)
Proposals are limited to maximum 70 pages (Part B). Evaluators will not consider any additional pages.


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