To support the Human Cell Atlas Initiative, for the better understanding of human health as well as improving the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases, and for obtaining greater knowledge of the diverse cells found within the human body the call "Pilot Actions to Build the Foundations of a Human Cell Atlas" has opened under the Horizon2020 Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing thematic area.

Each pilot action should demonstrate the utility of an interdisciplinary technological/biological platform to generate and integrate standardised molecular, cellular, biochemical and other data sets, characterising single cells or their nuclear components, their interactions and/or spatial location in tissues from one human organ. 

The projects covered by the call must comply with the working principles and research framework indicated by the document "Human Cell Atlas White Paper". The project duration is limited to 2 years and the project budget is 3-5 million Euros so that the outputs of the pilot projects can be added to the Human Cell Atlas Initiative immediately.

Some of the partner organizations of the Human Cell Atlas Initiative are listed below, and individuals and organizations conducting research in these areas may prepare an Expression of Interest so as to be involved and cooperate under the relevant call.

The link for the Expression of Interest page can be found here.


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • Broad Institute, MIT
  • Caltech
  • UC Berkeley
  • New York Genome Center


  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Edinburgh University
  • CRUK


  • Weizmann Institute of Science


  • Helmholtz Association
  • DKFZ Heidelberg