EuroFIR, the European Food Information Resource platform will held its annual Food Forum and Symposium on 5-6th April 2017 in Brussels. The Food Forum is an event combining association, project meetings and a Symposium opened to all. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with EuroFIR members and others international researchers, dietitians, nutritionists, SMEs, health and food public authorities, and exchange ideas on food and research in Europe and worldwide.

JPI HDHL welcomes two new members in the Scientific Advisory Board. In pillar 1 Prof. Wim Verbecke from Ghent University in Belgium and in pillar 2 Prof. Marie Alminger from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Prof. Wim Verbecke’s research is about food consumer science, stakeholder and consumer decision-making, perception and acceptance of production technologies and food products or product concepts.

Prof. Marie Alminger’s research interests include the development of new solutions for sustainable production of healthy and safe food in order to investigate how food production systems should be developed for more resource efficient chains and more competitive production of food. We are happy to have them on board and we are looking forward to working with them.

Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security is a complex issue, requiring an integrated food systems perspective. Food and Nutrition Security bridges a number of Societal Challenges; it encompasses the entire food system (land and sea) from farm to fork. FACCE-JPI, JPI HDHL and JPI Oceans have identified different aspects of this challenge and are now coming together to coordinate efforts in this area and have published a paper that describes the scope of the proposed joint research programme.

It is well known that the health, environmental, economic, and societal costs will be substantial if we do not change our course of action when it comes to the food system and the underlying challenge of Food and Nutrition Security. Coordination is needed to bring together different research domains and national and international research investments and to ensure involvement of key actors (consumers, primary producers, industry etc.) to stimulate innovation and implementation. Strong stakeholder involvement in JPIs will facilitate knowledge flow from research towards practice. The coordination between FACCE-JPI, JPI Oceans and JPI HDHL aims to define a research programme to address the challenge of Food and Nutrition Security.

The research is expected to contribute to the implementation of the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 initiative, but also to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, by connecting research communities along the entire food value chain to propose adapted, acceptable and sustainable solutions to achieving food and nutrition security. It will promote the building of lasting transdisciplinary coordination across a range of fields. The research to be undertaken will help to provide solutions for providing sustainable and resilient food systems for nutritious food from land and sea to feed an ever-changing world. Click here to read the paper FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY INTEGRATIVE FOOD SYSTEM APPROACH which has been adopted by the governing boards of FACCE-JPI, JPI Oceans and JPI HDHL.

The chair of the JPI HDHL Management Board, Pamela Byrne, has been interviewed by Science Impact about the work and mission of JPI HDHL and the intrinsic value of joint programming to tackle societal challenges related to nutrition and health. Many European and other governments struggle with both the societal and economic consequences of the alarming rise in diet-related chronic diseases. Research can play a key role in working towards solutions though mission-orientated research, networks, tools and expertise is needed to improve national and international collaboration and efficiency of research investments.

Science Impact publishes the Impact series of research publications. The publications help research stakeholders to access relevant information on current and future research projects, policy and trends impacting their work in a clear, accessible and concise content format. The JPI HDHL article is published In the February 2017 edition. It provides a brief overview of the background of the JPI and the societal challenge JPI HDHL addresses as well as some first results and future plans and activities

In the light of the Food 2030 Policy Framework the EC organised a workshop on Smart Personalized Nutrition in June 2016. A report about the results of this workshop, including the way forward for Research and Innovation and the Food 2030 Policy Framework, has recently been published. Pamela Byrne, chair of JPI HDHL, contributed to the workshop and the published report

The aim of the call is to establish a multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.

The Policy Evaluation Network should make use of the achievements of the DEDIPAC KH, especially Thematic Area 3 and combine it with other existing tools and frameworks (e.g. INFORMAS) to develop a consistent and sustainable approach for the evaluation and benchmarking of existing policies. The focus should be put on the comprehensive application of this newly developed standardized approach for policy evaluation. Although the network activities are supposed to build on the results of the DEDIPAC KH, the Policy Evaluation Network is explicitly not meant as a direct continuation of the DEDIPAC KH.

For the purpose of this call, policies are defined as decisions, plans, and actions that are implemented by national or regional governments to achieve specific health care goals within a society. The policies to be evaluated include:

  • Policies that directly affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior.
  • Policies that indirectly affect the aforementioned health behaviors, for example from the field of transportation, agriculture or environment/sustainability.

Policies addressing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs are excluded from this call.

The Policy Evaluation Network will be implemented in a three-step procedure. Following the electronic submission of the Expression of Interest (EoI) letters and the national eligibility check (step one) the suggested members of the network will be selected by an external international scientific evaluation committee (SEC). The successful researchers and research groups will be invited to a Network Meeting where they can start working on the design, development and writing of one joint proposal (step two). The network proposal will then be evaluated by the SEC (step three).

In total, 54 eligible Expression of Interest letters (EoI) have been submitted to the Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”. After the evaluation by the Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC), 28 research groups were selected to elaborate a joint network proposal.

To facilitate the working process, all selected research groups were invited to a network meeting in Bonn on Jun-13th to get in touch with each other, elect the network coordinator and start the discussion on the potential structure of the network and the joint proposal. The final funding decision is expected by the end of 2017.

 

Time schedule:

 

When

What

28th of February 2017

Publication of the Call

31st of March 2017 (14:00 UTC)

Submission deadline for EoI letters

11th/12th of May 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for evaluation of EoIs

19th of May 2017

Communication of EoI selection + Invitation to Network Meeting

13th of June 2017

Network Meeting

15th of September 2017

Submission deadline for network proposal

October 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for proposal evaluation

End of October 2017

Communication of funding decisions

 

For further information, please refer to the Call Document.

 

As part of its working programme for 2017, the Commission will take forward work and consult widely on simplification and modernisation of the CAP to maximise its contribution to the Commission's ten priorities and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will focus on specific policy priorities for the future and the starting point will be a well-founded assessment of the performance of the current policy.

The ERA HDHL partners are pleased to announce the launch of the second joint funding action ““Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)“ within ERA HDHL implementing the JPI HDHL objectives to be expected by the end of February 2017.

The aim of the call is to establish a transnational, multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe. 

On 26th January 2017 the first joint transnational call of HDHL-INTIMIC "Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health" has been launched, cofunded by the European Union. It aims to support multinational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the intestinal microbiome and human health. The overall aim of HDHL-INTIMIC is to build a solid knowledge base for the development of new strategies and products for health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases through diet-dependent modulation of the intestinal microbiome.


Building on the previous achievements of the JPI HDHL joint action Intestinal Microbiomics this cofunded call will further enhance the collaboration between HDHL member countries, the JPI and the European Commission (EC), as well as the establishment of research networks across borders and disciplines.


The deadline for the submission of the pre-proposals is 5th April 2017 and the deadline for the submission of full proposals is 20th July 2017.

Call time schedule:

When

What

26th of January 2017

Publication of the Call

5th of April 2017

Submission deadline for pre-proposals

30th/31th of May 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for pre-proposals

6th of June 2017

Communication selection of pre-proposals

20nd of July 2017

Submission deadline full proposals

7th/8th of September 2017

SEC and CSC meeting full proposals

October 2017

Communication funding decisions,

Start of national administrative procedures between partners and funding organisations

 

For further information, please refer to the Call Document and the Guidelines for Applicants.

Proposals should be submitted online through the Electronic Submission system PT-Outline.

Researchers interested in participating in this cofunded call are encouraged to register in the Meta Data Base of the JPI HDHL website.

Call for Joint Action “Nutrition & the Epigenome”

The second non-cofunded action in ERA-HDHL

Call update:
Added additional links in the call documents to support researchers on the FAIR data management.
Important change in the national regulation of ISCIII about the number and type of institutions eligible for ISCIII.
New country participating: Poland is also participating in this call!

Participation of Germany & ISCIII (Spain) is confirmed.
Please check the updated call text and  guidelines for applicants for all country-specific rules and regulations.

JPI HDHL is pleased to launch a new call to create dedicated, top-class transnational research consortia in the emerging field of nutrition and epigenetics. Previous research has studied epigenetic changes in early life. However, the effects of diet on epigenetic regulation, gene expression in different tissues, and subsequent metabolic health and disease are still unclear. Experts need to better understand the mechanistic pathways that link dietary interventions to those epigenetic changes that have functional/physiological consequences to the tissue and ultimately the organism.

Aim of the call

The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that gain a better understanding of the diet-epigenome relationships and their effect on human health. This will allow the development and substantiation of intervention strategies for treating nutrition-related diseases and sustaining good health throughout the life course.

Call topics

Proposals should focus on diet and epigenome, and cover one of the following areas:

  • Establishing cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the epigenome and metabolic health
  • Identifying risk factors and early stage epigenetic changes
  • Epigenetic effects across the lifespan and inter (and potentially trans) generational epigenetic effects
  • Investigation of modifiable factors that could be involved in epigenetic regulation
  • The effect of diet and nutritional status on the intra-uterine environment

Funding and submission

In total, 10 countries participate in this call with a total budget of more than 8M euro. In general, joint research proposals may be submitted by applicants working in universities (or other higher education institutions), non-university public research institutes, hospitals and other health care settings. Participation of private parties is encouraged as well as commercial companies, in particular small and medium-size enterprises. However, the eligibility of these organisations and institutions are subject to the national/regional regulations of the individual funding organisations and may therefore vary.

The proposals must be submitted by the coordinator in electronic format no later than 12th April 16.00 CEST, 2018 via the Electronic Submission System of JPI HDHL. No other means of submission will be accepted.

Call time schedule

When

What

6th February 2018

Publication of the Call

12th April 2018

Submission deadline proposals

1st June 2018

Send reviewers comment to applicants

11th June 2018

Deadline submission rebuttal letter

2nd - 3rd July 2018

SEC & CSC meeting to discuss proposal

20th September 2018

Final funding decision

 

For further information, please check the call documents:

Researchers who want to participate in a consortium are strongly recommended to contact their national contact point to check the eligibility criteria.

Researchers need to register in the Meta Data Base of the JPI HDHL website to partecipate in a consortium proposal.

Contact

For questions about the call:

Name: Dr. Wilke van Ansem (Programme Officer)
Telephone: +31 (0) 70 3495164
Email: jpihdhl@zonmw.nl
       

For technical questions regarding the Electronic Submission System:

Name: Andrea Romano
Email: techsupport@healthydietforhealthylife.eu