EU Health Award 2016 for NGOs Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

May 24th, 2016

Today, the Commission announces a new EU Health Award, which will be awarded to non-governmental bodies (NGOs) that distinguished themselves for their efforts and achievements towards reducing the threat to human health from Antimicrobial Resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a ticking time bomb presenting a threat as big as climate change. It is a priority for me to take action to avert it both at the EU level and globally, with the help and commitment of NGOs.

The European Commission calls upon international, European, national and regional NGOs active in the field of AMR to submit their initiatives to the EU Health Award 2016. The call for applications focuses on reducing the threat to human health in fields such as:

  • Prevention of infection
  • Appropriate use of antimicrobials
  • Surveillance
  • Tackling AMR from a specific disease perspective (e.g. Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS…).
  • Other initiatives that can reduce the threat to human health from AMR.

The deadline for submitting applications is 31 July 2016, 23.59 CET/Brussels Time. Prizes for the winners are as follows:

  • 1st prize: 20 000 €
  • 2nd prize: 15 000 €
  • 3rd prize: 10 000 €

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to an Award Ceremony in the presence of the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis. The winners will be invited to join the EU Health Policy Platform and contribute to the discussions.

More details on the Award including eligibility and selection criteria, information on the jury, the prizes, the award ceremony and the EU Health Policy Platform can be found here