JPI HDHL would like to make the research community on Nutrition and Health aware of a questionnaire aiming to collect the needs and expectations of scientific communities and overall users of Research Infrastructure. The H2020 funded project CORBEL hereby aims to 1) harmonise and improve the services provides by the research infrastructures and 2) define priorities and service development.

It is with great enthusiasm that we launch the new Implementation Plan (IP) of the JPI HDHL which covers the period 2016-2018. The results of the JPI HDHL so far are significant: seven joint actions started in the last two years funding international research consortia in more than 18 projects. To work towards the implementation of the SRA of JPI HDHL, the Plan not only focuses on research funding activities, but also on alignment of research activities, sustainable cooperation between research institutes, industry and the wider stakeholder population, enhanced communication within and outside of the JPI and translating research into actual real-world impact.

The JPI HDHL has organized together with FACCE JPI and JPI Ocean a workshop on 11th April 2016  in Utrecht on “Food and Nutrition Security – role of the JPIs” . The workshop aim is to  discuss the follow-up actions to implement one of the two themes identified in the FACCE-JPI – JPI HDHL paper “Priority Joint Actions to contribute to the European Strategy on Food and Nutrition Security. Outcomes of the Grand Debate: Nutrition Security – a whole system approach”, published on 1st September 2015.

On October 12 and 13th 2016, the final DEDIPAC symposium will take place in Bonn, Germany. During the symposium an overview of the main results of DEDIPAC, the JPI HDHL Knowledge Hub on the Determinants of Diet & Physical Activity Choice, will be presented in different plenary and break-out sessions.

On 22-23 February 2016 the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports organized a conference on Food Product Improvement: "Making the healthy choice easy". During the conference member states, industry (particularly the food industry) and NGOs worked towards a plan of action (roadmap) to take food product improvement to the next level. JPI HDHL and its crucial role in the European alignment of research activities and making research data available throughout the Union for the development of healthy food products is specifically mentioned in the roadmap.

The JPI HDHL has been invited to participate in and contribute to the Food for Health Workshop co-hosted by the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) and the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America, in Ottawa (CA) on May 5, 2016.  

The CSA JPI HDHL 2.0 funded under the EU H2020 Research and Innovation Programme started on 1st February 2016. The main objective of this second CSA of the JPI HDHL is to support the further implementation of JPI HDHL Strategic Research Agenda and to create a sustainable collaboration between its member countries, the European Commission and related international organisations.

JPI HDHL is delighted to welcome two new full member countries in the JPI HDHL community: Israel and Sweden. With these two new full members, JPI HDHL now has 21 full member countries and 5 countries that are connected with JPI HDHL with an observer status.

In total, 74 pre-proposals have been submitted in the first step of the ERA-HDHL Cofunded Call “Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health” by research groups from the 14 countries supporting the call. The 51 eligible pre-proposals have been evaluated by an international panel of experts. The peer review panel recommended 21 proposals to be invited to submit to the full proposal stage of this call.

Researchers interested to participate in the ERA HDHL Cofunded call for research proposals of the JPI HDHL with the European Commission are invited to register to the MDB and join the dedicated forum to start building partnerships.