The JPI HDHL is pleased to announce that the Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health is recommended for funding. Within this platform 52 research groups will work on data standardization, harmonization, knowledge sharing and integration within the field of intestinal microbiomics, diet and health research.

Establishment of the Knowledge platform
The Knowledge Platform is the second joint funding activity of the ERA-Net Cofund HDHL-INTIMIC. Fifteen funding organisations from 9 countries selected research groups from various disciplines to be part of this transnational and multidisciplinary consortium. 55 research groups from these 9 countries were invited to the Network Meeting in November 2018 in Brussels. During this meeting the groups elected a coordination team and started working on a joint network proposal outlining the vision, structure and work plan of the platform.

In February 2019 the joint proposal was submitted to the JPI HDHL. The Knowledge Platform is formed by 52 research groups based in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. A total of 1,6 M EUR of funding is requested from the participating countries.

Vision and work plan of the Knowledge Platform
In the upcoming two years the Knowledge Platform will work towards standardization, harmonization and integration of the research field of intestinal microbiomics. Aiming to accelerate, further develop and increase the impact of intestinal microbiome research related to human health. To reach this aim, joint multidisciplinary activities will be carried out to foster networking and collaboration, to assemble available information, data and knowledge in a comprehensive way, to answer research questions addressing the relation between microbiome, diet and health and to disseminate platform results.

Connecting the field
The Knowledge Platform provides the unique possibility to connect funded JPI HDHL researchers with other existing initiatives and relevant stakeholders in the human microbiome and health research area. The Knowledge Platform will connect the project consortia funded under the previous Joint Action “Intestinal Microbiomics” and the HDHL-INTIMIC cofunded call “Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health”. Multiple research groups who participated in the previous Joint Action “ENPADASI” are also involved in the platform, providing expertise on open access research infrastructures and structured and standardized data collection and storage. In addition to this, the Knowledge Platform also connects to other relevant initiatives, such as the CSA MicrobiomeSupport.

More information about the research project will follow soon.