At the FOOD2030 conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 14-15th June, a first presentation was made of the findings of the FOOD2030 Independent Expert Group. In their report ‘Recipe for change: An agenda for a climate-smart and sustainable food system for a healthy Europe’ the Expert Group defines focus areas and gives concrete recommendations to all the stakeholders in the food system. This includes a mission in the next framework programme on healthy diets to drastically reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

Food systems R&I related to food consumption has received considerably less funding in Europe over the past five years than R&I related to production and processing. This is shown by an analysis of European food systems related research projects and policies, carried out by the SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group (FS SWG). The report of this mapping exercise was presented at the FOOD2030 conference, but a preview was already given during the joint workshop on future-proofing food systems organized by the SCAR FS SWG and JPIs FACCE, HDHL and Oceans on June 13 in Plovdiv.

In 2017 JPI HDHL launched a rapid action call to support a community-led working group that can push forward the field of diet-related chronic diseases. @OBEDIS is a working group of project partners from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The project focuses on the individual response of obese patients to dietary interventions.

FoodNexus, a European network of multinational companies, SMEs and knowledge institutes in the area of food, is organizing the first FoodNexus Visioning Summit in Paris on 29-30 May. The aim is to provide clear recommendations on how to shape the future of food, starting from the question:
“What are the most urgent problems facing the food industry in the next 10 years, and how can we best meet these challenges?”
The JPI HDHL is participating in the summit through its new chair (from July 2018) Carlos Martinez Riera, who will give a presentation for the workshop on Food for health and wellbeing. The speakers also include the coordinator of the JPI HDHL ENPADASI network and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board.

The European IPR Helpdesk organises trainings and activities in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) management and maximising impact in Horizon 2020 projects.
They have developed a brochure that aims to clarify the terminology by illustrating the differences between communication, dissemination and exploitation, and to point out the areas they have in common. In addition, the IPR Helpdesk organises webinars on effective IP & outreach strategies to increase the impact of Horizon 2020 projects (next webinar July 4th 2018).

On 13th June, a workshop on future proofing food systems will take place from 13.45 – 17.30hr at The Agricultural University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This joint workshop is organised by the SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group and JPIs HDHL, OCEANS and FACCE. The workshop is a Plovdiv FOOD2030 High Level Conference side event and aims to build on the results of the SCAR FS SWG and collaboration between the three JPI’s.

The objective of the workshop is to set the direction and decide what the next steps are for future-proofing food systems by increasing the impact of R&I programming and funding.

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In February 2018, JPI HDHL launched the call “Nutrition & the Epigenome” to create dedicated, top-class transnational research consortia in the emerging field of nutrition and epigenetics.

In total 41 full proposals have been submitted to this call. JPI HDHL is currently checking if the submitted proposals meet the call conditions and the compliance with national funding regulations. Eligible proposals will be evaluated by an international panel of experts.

The final funding decision of this call is expected in September 2018.

The call statistics of the co-funded call “Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health” in the frame of the ERA-Net Cofund “HDHL-INTIMIC” has been analysed. This call was launched in January 2017, with the aim to support research projects that address important research questions regarding the cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the intestinal microbiome and human health.

Evaluation and indicators
To evaluate the results of the co-funded call, an analysis on the call statistics has been performed using indicators like:

  • number of submitted proposals in the two different evaluation stages (including the number of involved partners, countries and funding agencies)
  • requested and awarded funding
  • gender distribution
  • collaboration with private partners etc.

The results of this analysis will feed into the evaluation of the impact of the co-funded call.

Number of proposals and budget
In total 80 pre-proposals have been submitted during the first stage, of which 66 pre-proposals were formally eligible. After the evaluation, 28 consortia were invited to submit a full proposal of which 11 proposals have been selected for funding. In the 11 awarded projects, a total of 43 research groups from 8 countries and 6 collaborators are involved. The total requested budget of the 11 projects is 9.6 M euro of which 2.2 M euro will be contributed by the EU as top-up funding.

Addressed topics
Six of the awarded projects focus on the role of diet-gut microbiome interactions in cardiometabolic diseases, in particular Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome and their risk factors. The other projects focus on a variety of topics like cognitive function, colorectal cancer, maternal immunity and neonatal colonization as well as basic mechanisms of host-microbe interactions.

The Commission adopted on 14 March 2018 the Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud. The document presents the results and available evidence from an extensive consultation process that started with the publication of the Communication: European Cloud initiative. The consultation upheld the intervention logic presented in the Communication: to create a fit for purpose pan-European federation of research data infrastructures, with a view to moving from the current fragmentation to a situation where data is easy to store, find, share and re-use.