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Parliamentary questions
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12 March 2019
Answer given by Mr Moedas on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000551/2019

The EU support for mental health research, in particular to address the referred gaps(1), as well as support for better coordination of brain research across Europe(2), alignment with national efforts(3) and international collaborations(4), represents investments of EUR 800 million in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)(5) and of over EUR 600 million so far in Horizon 2020(6).

Notably, the FP7-funded project ROAMER(7) has provided valuable guidance for EU support in mental health research by identifying gaps and research priorities at EU and Member State levels. Moreover, many of ROAMER’s recommendations are in line with the Horizon 2020 call topics on, for example, promoting mental wellbeing in the young(8), physical and mental co-morbidities(9), and risk-based screening strategies for non-communicable diseases(10).

The Commission will continue to monitor developments and consider input from researchers, stakeholders and policy-makers to design future actions. The Commission proposal for Horizon Europe(11) includes a Health cluster under Pillar 2(12), which will address relevant health challenges. Opportunities for mental health research will be inherently accessible by the open nature of call topics within the Health cluster. Furthermore, broad stakeholder participation will continue to be encouraged and enhanced in EU-funded research actions.

(1)Mental Health Research factsheet — https://ec.europa.eu/research/health/pdf/factsheets/mental_health.pdf#view=fit&pagemode=none Brain research support — https://ec.europa.eu/research/health/index.cfm?pg=area&areaname=brain
(3)JPND — http://www.neurodegenerationresearch.eu/ ERA-NET Neuron — https://www.neuron-eranet.eu/
(4)GACD Mental Health Topic — https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/rcn/701984/en
(5)Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007-2013)
(6)The EU Framework Programme for Resarch and Innovation (2014-2020)
(8)SC1-PM-07-2017 — https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/rcn/701987/en
(9)PHC-03-2015 — https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/rcn/665172/en SC1-BHC-01-2019 –https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic‐ details/sc1-bhc-01-2019;freeTextSearchKeyword=Comorbidity;typeCodes=1;statusCodes=31094501,31094502,31094503;programCode=null;programDivisionCode=null;focusAreaCode=null;crossCuttingPriorityCode=null;callCode=Default;sortQuery=openingDate;orderBy=asc;onlyTenders=false
(10)SC1-BHC-30-2019 –https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/sc1-bhc-30-2019.
(12)Annexes to the Commission proposal for Horizon Europe, COM(2018)435, 07/06/2018.

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