The Joint Programming Initiative "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" (JPI HDHL) has been established to coordinate research in the areas of food, diet, physical activity and health in order to achieve tangible societal and health impact and to strengthen European leadership and competitiveness in this field.

On 16th February 2016 the JPI HDHL together with the European Commission has launched a new joint transnational call for research proposals: "Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (BioNH)" using the ERA-NET Cofund instrument. The transnational call will focus on the identification and validation of biomarkers that are modulated by diet and that indicate a change in health status and/or the risk of developing diet-related diseases. Biomarkers of physical activity may be considered alongside diet.

The JPI HDHL aims to create an International Research Network on BioNH through the projects that will be funded in this ERA-HDHL cofunded call and the already funded projects of the JA BioNH. This network of researchers, carrying out studies at pan-European and international level, will establish a critical mass of expertise necessary in this research area, allowing excellent science, sharing of standardised and innovative measures and research infrastructures, as well as training of young scientists in the field of BioNH.

The deadline for the presentation of the pre-proposals is 19th April 2016 and the deadline for the full proposals is the 15th July 2016. The final decision on funding is expected by the end of September 2016.

Call time schedule:

When What
16th February 2016 Publication of the call
19th April 2016 Submission deadline pre-proposals
30th and 31th May 2016 SEC & CSC meeting pre-proposals
3rd June 2016 Communication selection pre-proposals
15th July 2016 Submission deadline full proposals
30th August 2016 Deadline peer reviewers
8th and 9th September 2016 SEC & CSC meeting full proposals
End September Final funding decision
October 2016 Start of national administrative procedures between partners and funding organisations
December 2016 until the 31st March 2017 the latest Start projects


The proposals should be submitted online through the JPI HDHL Electronic Submission system.

For more information, please see the call document and the Guidelines for Applicants.
The pre-proposal template can be downloaded in the Electronic Submission System.

Errata corrigenda: the call document regarding the eligibility of consortia has been modified. JPI HDHL also encourage applicants to include partners that are eligible for the Turkish funding organization TUBITAK. For more detailed information, please consider only the revised version published on 8th March 2016.

In the Guidelines for Applicants Annex 1 the national regulations of Germany (BMBF) and Spain (ISCIII) have been modified, please consider only the revised version published on 18th February 2016.

Researchers interested in participating in the ERA-HDHL Cofunded call for research proposals are invited to register in the MDB and join the dedicated forum to start building partnerships.

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