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Why does research and innovation on animals and health matter?

Animal production is under constant pressure due to new and reemerging pathogens resulting from globalisation, trade development and climate change. Animal production here refers to livestock and other animals that live predominantly on land rather than aquatic animals. 

Transmissible animal diseases can have devastating impacts on agricultural sustainability. They entail production losses of up to 20% according to the world organisation for animal health (OIE), generate trade disruptions and affect the whole economy. This was experienced with epidemic diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, African swine fever or endemic diseases (e.g. bovine tuberculosis).

These pathogens can have a serious impact on human health and food safety. Zoonoses – diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans and antimicrobial resistance (estimated to be responsible for 33,000 deaths per year in the EU) makes One Health an important approach.

Diseases are detrimental to animal welfare and their control is key to improving overall production efficiency. Honeybee health, for example, is critical not only for apiculture but also for ecosystem services like pollination.

European agriculture needs sufficient means to fight diseases and develop practices that would prevent their occurrence in the first place. It requires integrated approaches and the development of tools for prevention, monitoring and control, along with risk management strategies. This includes ensuring prudent use of anti-microbials and seeking alternatives to anti-microbials.

Funding opportunities

Horizon Europe

Calls for proposals and funding information related to agriculture, forestry and rural areas.

Horizon 2020

Calls for proposals related to animals and health are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.

European agricultural fund for rural development

The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).

LIFE programme

Some animals and health related calls may be found in this programme.

Projects and results

AgriResearch factsheet on animals and health

This factsheet collects most of the research and innovation related to animals and health under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.

EIP-AGRI agricultural innovation project database

The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.

Research project database (CORDIS) 

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.

Project success stories

Stories of particularly successful EU-funded research projects

Collaboration and jobs

EIP-AGRI activities on animals and health

The EIP-AGRI fosters innovation in agriculture and forestry connecting knowledge and practice.

Find project partners

Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal.

Research infrastructures

Major facilities, resources and services used by the science community.

Global partnerships

International cooperation in research and innovation contributes to respond to global challenges.

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Scientific publications 

Scientific publications produced by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Scientific research tools and databases 

The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.

EU Open Data Portal 

Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.


You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.