European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment and Data Sharing Initiative

In 2014, the JPI HDHL launched a call to establish a European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment and Data Sharing Initiative (ENPADASI). ENPADASI started in December 2014 and ended in summer 2017.


Nutritional Phenotype Databases containing large amount of phenotypic data linked to genotypic and dietary and environmental patterns are necessary for nutrient-gene interactions studies and phenotypic change assessment. However, different national dietary or phenotype databases need to be merged into large, harmonised mega-databases in a standardised manner to increase their statistical power and provide better cross-border comparisons for identifying dietary and environmental patterns effects on health and disease outcomes. Only by operating at such a scale the understanding for the role of genes, nutrients and phenotypes in the initiation, development and progression of risk factors for diet-related chronic disease can be optimised.

Aim of the call

The main objective of the ENPADASI Knowledge Hub (KH) was to deliver an open access research infrastructure containing data from a wide variety of nutritional studies, ranging from mechanistic/interventions to epidemiological studies including a multitude of phenotypic outcomes that facilitates integrated analyses.
The networking programme of ENPADASI focussed on three main areas of activities:

  1. Database development. Basic functions to share and analyse standardised data are already available. The ambition was to make ENPADASI the leading system for big-data storage assessment and sharing in nutritional research. Investments to develop the system encompassing new functions such as shared analysis modules, sharing of images, etc were required.
  2. Integrating existing databases in the ENPADASI. In order to make full use of the system, datasets from nationally and European funded research projects were linked.
  3. Training sessions for young researchers. Researchers were trained to learn how to work with the system.
Participating countries
Belgium (Wallonia) F.R.S.-FNRS
Belgium (Flanders) FWO
Denmark DCSR
Ireland DAFM
Italy MIUR, Min. Health, MiPAAF
The Netherlands ZonMw
Funded Knowledge Hub
ENPADASI Dr. Jildau Bouwman ,
TNO, The Netherlands
More Information

Research Framework

Contact Call Secretariat: ZonMw (NL), JPIHDHLprojects@zonmw.nl

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s
H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n.696300

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