Health Research/Health Economy Framework Programme

a programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

An increasing number of people are suffering from major diseases such as cancer or from cardiovascular, metabolic, infectious, pulmonary or neurodegenerative diseases, from mental illness, musculoskeletal disorders and allergies or other so-called lifestyle diseases. In addition, it frequently still takes too long for results from basic and clinical research to be transferred into standard medical care and thus to be of benefit to patients. Improving the speed and effectiveness of this process for patients is the object of the new Health Research Framework Programme.

The German Federal Government adopted the programme at the end of 2010. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing around € 5.5 billion in funding for health research in the period from 2011 to 2014, including institutional funding.

The programme addresses six fields of action: focused research into major diseases, individualized medicine, research into prevention and nutrition, the health care industry, research into health care, and international cooperation in health research.

BMBF has specifically commissioned Project Management Jülich with project management of the Health Care Industry field of action.

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