EEA Grants

The PEN-3S project is financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 within the European Economic Area Grants Public Health Iniciatives.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as Donor states, finance initiatives and projects in various program areas in 16 European Union Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain).

The EEA Grants aim to reduce economic and social disparities between the Donor States and the Beneficiary States while strengthening bilateral relations and promoting health gains. Further information about this financial mechanism can be found in or

The Human and Social Development is one of the programmatic areas defined by the EEA Grants which includes as a priority sector the denominated Public Health Initiatives. This program intends to improve public health and reduce health inequalities. The donor partner of this program is the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Program Operator is the Central Administration of the Health System – ACSS (Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde) from Portugal. ACSS has the responsibility to prepare, implement and develop the program.

The EEA Grants Public Health Initiatives will run until 2016 having a total grant budget of 11.7 million euros shared between the MFEEE (85%) and the Portuguese State (15%), 10.6 million euros are set to finance projects that promote health prevention and the sustainability of the Nacional Health System, and they must focus:


  • Improving public health and reducing inequalities between user groups, in the domain of nutrition;
  • Improving mental health services;
  • Improving the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases
  • Improving the use of national registries and health information systems


The Promoter of the project PEN-3S is the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon having the responsibility to initiate, prepare and implement the project. The Promoter and the Operator have an agreement to regulate the implementation of the project, as mentioned in the project contract.

The present project is part of the IV domain, improving national health registries and health information systems, data management and improving the knowledge about the elderly nutritional status.