EU funded projects and collaborations

Healthy Diet, Healthy Life (HDHL) has been and is still involved in several European projects. In this way, HDHL is able to share and increase its knowledge in Research and Innovation (R&I) activities.

Coordination and Support Actions

A Coordination and Support Action (CSA) is a funding mechanism of the European Commission to fund a consortium. HDHL is currently a partner in two CSAs, namely the FOODPathS CSA to develop a prototype for the Partnership for Safe and Sustainable Food Systems for people, planet, and climate . In addition, HDHL is also part of the CLEVERFOOD CSA, which builds on the knowledge of Fit4Food2030. 

The objective of CLEVERFOOD is to mobilise all European food system stakeholders at the local, regional, national and supra-national level. Also, developing transformative governance models to shift the food system towards more sustainable, resilient, and regenerative food production and consumption. This will contribute to keeping the global average temperature below 1.5 °C global warming and staying within planetary boundaries. While at the same time ensuring proper nutrition and healthy diets, improving circularity and resource use efficiency, boosting innovation and empowering communities.

CLEVERFOOD is a Horizon Coordination and support Action (CSA) that started on February 2023 and lasts three years.

The goal of FOODPathS is to design a prototype of the  'Partnership for Safe and Sustainable Food Systems (SSFS) for people, planet, and climate’ by following a systems approach and catalysing a change in mindsets. The Prototype serves as the first version of how the future Partnership will function, including all its components such as the innovative, effective and inclusive governance model, Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) supporting Food2030 priorities, a self-learning-organising Modus Operandi, and its inclusion in a Network of Partnerships and food system Initiatives. FOODPathS will not only present the Prototype but also accompany its start by testing, analysing (exploring KPIs), communicating and adapting methodologies, (digital) tools, programs, working protocols and a dedicated multi-level governance model with Partnership funders, beneficiaries and the wider public.

FOODPathS is a Horizon Coordination and support Action (CSA) that started on June 2022 and lasts three and a half years.

The FIT4FOOD consortium aimed to support the development and implementation of the EC Food2030 initiative establishing a sustainable, multi-stakeholder, multi-level (cities, regions, countries, and Europe) platform – the so called "FOOD2030 Platform", that will support the European Commission to further develop and implement the FOOD 2030 policy framework and its action plan.

The FIT4FOOD is a Horizon 2020 CSA that started on 1 November 2017 and expired in December 2020.

MicrobiomeSupport aims to be a key driver to implement FOOD 2030 strategies; facilitate multi-actor engagement to align, structure and boost research and innovation in the microbiome field regionally, nationally and internationally; support the European Commission by coordinating the activities, meetings, workshops and results from the International Bioeconomy Forum working group ‘Food Systems Microbiome’.

Microbiome Support is a Horizon 2020 CSA that started in November 2018 and expired in October 2022.

European Research Area Network

The European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) is an instrument for Research and Innovation (R&I) from the European Commission under Horizon 2020. The goal of an ERA-NET is alligning national research programs between Member States and stimulating collaboration between national research organisations and funders.

HDHL-INTIMIC (INtesTInal MICrobiomics) is the second ERA-NET Cofund dedicated to HDHL. It aims to coordinate national and regional programmes in the area of diet, intestinal microbiomics and health as well as nutrition and health in general, thereby contributing to the implementation of HDHL objectives.

ERA-HDHL was the first ERA-NET Cofund of 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 Plan of HDHL. ERA-HDHL's objectives were to

  • Improve coordination and reduce the overlap between national and European funding in relevant fields of research,
  • Achieve a critical mass,
  • Ensure better use of limited resources in fields of mutual interests.