NutriCog (2015)

Nutrition and Cognitive Function

In 2015, the JPI HDHL launched the Joint Action: Nutrition and Cognitive Function (NutriCog). The five funded projects started in the first half of 2016 for a period of 3 years.


Several studies indicate that the interrelation between diet and cognitive function significantly impacts our overall health and well-being, although this relationship is still relatively poorly understood. Research is needed to understand how dietary factors affect cognitive function and performance in various life stages and vice versa how cognitive processes interrelate with diet and food intake. The translation of this knowledge will contribute to the development of effective strategies to prevent or to delay the onset of various chronic diseases and therefore is of utmost importance for the public health domain in Europe.

Aim of the call

The joint action “Nutrition and Cognitive Function” (NutriCog) aimed at promoting research activities that address the interrelation of diet and cognitive function. This knowledge would lay the basis for dietary preventive strategies and recommendations to guide individuals and populations towards health promoting dietary habits.

The objective of the NutriCog Call was to support ambitious, innovative and transnational collaborative research projects that will address important questions relating to the interplay between nutrition and cognitive function, such as perception, reasoning, thinking, memory and/or cognitive processes. Both the influence of dietary patterns (and/or dietary constituents, where appropriate) on cognitive functions and vice versa the effects of Central Nervous System nutrient signaling and cognitive processes on food intake, dietary patterns and eating behaviour were relevant for this call.

The call focussed on prevention rather than progression. Research dealing primarily with clinically manifested neurological, neurodegenerative, or psychiatric diseases and their interrelation to nutrition/diet was not included in this call.

Participating countries
CountryFunding Organisation
Austria BMWFW
Belgium FWO
France ANR
Germany BMBF
Ireland SFI
Italy MIUR
Italy ISS on behalf of the MOH
The Netherlands ZonMw
Poland NCN

Did not fund research projects in this call

Funded projects
AMBROSIAC Prof. John F. Cryan,
APC microbiome, Ireland
D-CogPlast Sandrine Thuret,
King’s College London, UK
iCASE Peter Kirsch,
Central Institute of Mental Health Mannheim, Germany
MiTyrAge Natascia Ventura,
Heinrich Heine University of Duesseldorf, Germany
SELENIUS Luisa Minghetti,
Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
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Research Framework

Contact call Secretariat: DLR (Germany),

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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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