ERA-HDHL its aim was to provide a robust platform for implementing Joint Funding Activities that address the research challenges that are identified and described in the Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation Plans of Healthy Diet, Healthy Life (HDHL). ERA-HDHL objectives were also to improve coordination and reduce the overlap between national and European funding in relevant fields of research, achieve a critical mass and ensure better use of limited resources in fields of mutual interests.


ERA-HDHL was the first ERA-NET Cofund of HDHL. The ERA-NET ran for a period of six years, from February 2016 to January 2022. The first Joint Funding Activity of ERA-HDHL was to support research in the field of Biomarkers of Nutrition and Health cofunded with the European Commission. Its aim was to fund multidisciplinary transnational research consortia that used innovative and scientific approaches to increase knowledge on the development and validation of biomarkers for nutrition and health and to create a transnational network of researchers collaborating in these fields, well integrated at the international level. Five additional Joint Funding Activities were implemented based on the Implementation Plans of the HDHL. ERA-HDHL welcomed the participation of new funders, not belonging to ERA-HDHL consortium, and facilitated the collaboration between HDHL, FACCE JPI, and JPI OCEANS on nutrition and food security.

Management Framework

HDHL Bodies

Steering Committee and secretariats of the Management board, Scientific advisory board and Stakeholder advisory board.

European Commission (EC)
Coordination Unit (CU)

It is composed of a coordinator, a project manager and a financial and administrative officer, located at the French National Research Agency (ANR).

Network Steering Committee (NSC)

It is composed of one representative from each ERA-HDHL partner organization.

Executive Board (EB)

The Executive Board is composed of the Work package leaders and the Coordination Unit is the general executive body of the consortium. It oversees the timely execution of all work packages.

Call Steering Committee (CSC)

It is formed for each joint call and composed of those Network Steering Committee members taking part in the joint call (“variable geometry” principle), and additional partners outside the consortium which may join the calls.

Joint Call Secretariat

The Joint Call Secretariat serves as a central contact point for applicants, evaluators and funders involved in Joint Funding Activities. 

Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC)


Country Funding Organisation Abbreviation Website
Austria Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research BMBWF
Belgium Public service of Wallonia, Directorate-General Operational for Economy, Employment and Research SPW-DG06
Canada Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR
Denmark Innovation Fund Denmark IFD
France French National Research Agency ANR

Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture






Science Foundation Ireland

Dept. of Agriculture, Food & the Marine





Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies

Ministry of University and Research





The Netherlands The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development ZonMw
Poland The National Centre for Research and Development NCBR
Romania National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation ANCSI

National Institute of Health Carlos III

The State research Agency of Spain




Turkey The Scientific and Technological Research Council TUBITAK
United Kingdom United Kingdom Research Innovation UKRI



Cofunded Call

Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (BioNH, ERA-HDHL 2016)

Additional Call

Policy Evaluation Network (ERA-HDHL 2017)

Nutrition and the epigenome (ERA-HDHL 2018)

KH Food and Nutrition Security (ERA-HDHL 2019)


Food Hypersensitivities (ERA-HDHL 2021)


Call Secretariat: ANR (France)

JPI-HDHLCalls [at]

Funded by the European Union

The ERA-HDHL has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement n.696295