Additional Information on Belgian activities in the domains of JPI HDHL

Funding in the scope of JPI HDHL

The Belgian research system is highly decentralised, with responsibilities for research policy and funding assigned to the regions and the communities. Several regional governments carry out these tasks with complete autonomy as follows:

Funding organisations


BELSPO is active in the H2020 - Bio Economy pillar with one of the topics concerning a Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet. BELSPO has funded among others in their 'science for a sustainable development' (SDD) programme projects in the past within the scope of JPI HDHL.



FWO (Scientific Research Foundation – Flanders) supports fundamental research in all areas of scientific domains. FWO is participating in the JPI HDHL and in the last years it has provided funding for the current joint actions DEDIPAC, BIOMARKERS and ENPADASI.

IWT (agency for Innovation by Science and Technology) supports applied and strategic basic research in all areas of science fields oriented towards economic valorization. It has funded many research projects concerning a more healthy food (e.g. reduced salts, sugar replacement, ...) and 'Food for focus groups' via Flanders' FOOD research calls. Flanders' FOOD is the Flemish centre of excellence for food manufacturing. Furthermore, IWT has shown interest in the upcoming joint actions 'Food Models and Food Processing' and 'Malnutrition' of JPI HDHL.

Wallonia-Brussels Federation:

FNRS (Fund for Scientific Research, French-speaking Community) also supports fundamental research in all areas of scientific domains. FNRS has participated in the ENPADASI joint action as well as in the Malnutrition in the Elderly Joint Action and is interested in the other upcoming joint actions calls.

National Grant Programmes

Governance structure for alignment of national research programs

Participation in the JPI HDHL activities

In the current two JPI HDHL Knowledge Hubs, several Belgian research institutes have been involved.

Several institutes as University Ghent (with prof. Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij as Leader of the theme 'Evaluation and benchmarking of public health and policy interventions aimed at improving dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours') is participating in DEDIPAC.

In ENPADASI, many Belgian research institutes with Prof. Stefaan De Henauw and Prof. Carl Lachat (both from University Ghent) as coordinators of two Flemish consortia, are participating.

In the Joint Action Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health, University Ghent and ILSI Europe are participating as Belgian partners.

Interesting activities in the domains of JPI HDHL

At January 22, 2015, an interesting international Symposium on Nutrition and Health with theme 'Let the food be the medicine' was organized and coordinated by the Public Health Department (coordinator Prof. De Henauw) of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Ghent. The objective of this event was stimulating nutrition research and inauguration of the Nutrition & Health platform.

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