Standardised measurement, monitoring and/or biomarkers to study food intake, physical activity and health

In January 2021, the JPI HDHL launched STAMIFY, the 4th additional non-cofunded Joint Funding Action (JFA) implemented in the frame of the ERA-Net Cofund HDHL INTIMIC.


It is well recognized that there are major discrepancies between self-reported and device-based instruments or actual behavior when assessing diet and physical activity (incl. sedentary and sleep behavior). The same holds true when comparing self-reported intake of nutrients and/or foods with specific biomarkers. This may affect the credibility of the research outcomes of e.g. observational studies on diet, physical activity and disease occurrence. The integration of more than one tool/methodology to assess dietary intake and physical activity might represent the ideal strategy to improve the quality of this paramount information, in order to increase, in turn, the quality of any relevant health outcome evaluated in parallel. Further, the amount of data on biomarker/-metabolomics or physical activity that can be collected in large samples over extended periods of time (so-called big data) raises new scientific and societal challenges. With objective measurements, the quality of nutrition and lifestyle research will be increased and better recommendations and guidelines regarding diet and physical activity will be made.

Aim of the call

The aim of this call is to encourage the development of improved methods and tools designed to assess and monitor diet and physical activity in order to help promote a healthier lifestyle.

The proposals should address at least one of the following topics:

    1. The development of improved methods for dietary assessment using new technologies, this can for example include ICT tools, unobtrusive data, food purchases, etc.;
    2. The further development of existing/identified biomarkers for food intake (e.g. combination of existing biomarkers to assess eating patterns and/or diet composition; validation of identified biomarkers taking into account influencing factors like gender, genotype or other individual variations);
    3. Identification of biomarkers of physical activities (also sedentary and sleep behavior) including the first step(s) of validation;
    4. Approaches to improve scientific application of commercially available devices for objective assessment of physical activity (also sedentary and sleep behavior) as well as develop approaches to process, aggregate and analyse such data in diverse populations;
    5. The development of integrative tools to assess and monitor both dietary intake and physical activity.
Participating countries
Country Funding Organisation Abbreviation
Austria Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (represented by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency) BMBWF represented by FFG
Belgium Research Foundation – Flanders FWO
Belgium* The Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS F.R.S.–FNRS
Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports MSMT
France French National Research Agency ANR
Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (represented by the Project Management Agency in the German Aerospace Center) BMBF represented by DLR
Germany Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (represented by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food) BMEL represented by BLE
Ireland Health Research Board HRB
Latvia* Ministry of Education and Science IZM
Spain Carlos III Health Institute ISCIII

* Did not fund research projects in this call

Funded projects
Project Coordinator
BiomarKid Joaquín Escribano
Pere Virgili Health Research Institute, Spain
DIETARY DEAL Janette Walton
Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
INTEGRActiv Catalina Pico
Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
PlantIntake Manuela Rist
Max Rubner-Institut, Germany
VEGANScreener Eva Schernhammer
Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria
WEALTH Alan Donnelly
University of Limerick, Ireland
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Research Framework

Contact Call Secretariat: ILVO (Belgium)

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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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