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Emerging and reemerging infectious diseases

EU research in emerging and reemerging infectious diseases

Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) are infections that have newly appeared in a population or have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in incidence or geographic range.

Examples include HIV/AIDS, variant Creutzfeld-Jacobs disease (vCJD) and SARS as well as reemerging diseases such as chikungunya, and influenza.

Research on emerging infectious diseases has been included in the Commission framework programmes for research since their inception. 

HIV projects have been funded as early as 1985 in the first framework programme and the emergence of vCJD in the mid 1990s triggered a substantial research effort on transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) starting from FP4 until today in both the food safety as well as the human health programmes.

Research in this area continues under Horizon 2020, the current research and innovation framework programme.

Coronavirus research

Neglected no more – Research on neglected infectious diseases (NID factsheet)

Funding opportunities

Funding for health under the research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe

Projects and results

Projects in the field of emerging diseases on the Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects

Platform where framework programme funding recipients present their results to search, contact their owners and form partnerships

Collaboration and jobs

Look for project partners and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tender opportunities portal

Scientific publications, tools and databases

Interactive reporting platform, composed of a set of sheets that allows series of views to discover and filter Horizon Europe data