A key step in the implementation of the Joint Programming Initiative "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" (JPI HDHL) Strategic Research Agenda is the development of joint research activities in the area of food processing with the aim to enhance preservation and/or the health promoting properties of food.

On the 1st of April 2015 the JPI HDHL launched a transnational call for research proposals on Food Processing for Health. The  proposal submission was closed on 15th July 2015Proposals passing the formal checks will be forwarded to the peer review process. The final funding decision is expected by November, 2015.

The main objective of the Joint Action "Food Processing for Health" is to support multidisciplinary transnational research consortia using innovative and scientific approaches to investigate the preservation and/or the enhancement of health promoting properties of food as a result of food processing:

  • Food processing for matrix stability and controlled digestibility, bioavailability, bio-accessibility and bioactivity of food compounds
  • Food structures for appropriate bioavailability of nutrients and bioactives
  • Optimize food processing for quality and safety

This can relate to products aimed at particular life stages or consumer groups, and may include investigation of fate in the human body and employ model foods.

The overall vision is to optimise food processing to better allow different foods contribute to or improve health.

Call time schedule:

1st of April 2015     Launch of the call; ESS opens for proposals
16.00 CET 15th of July 2015 Submission deadline of proposals
Week of 19th and 23rd of October 2015 Evaluation panel meeting
27th of October 2015 Indicative funding decision communicated to applicants
27th of October – 30th November 2015 Start of national administrative procedures
1st of December 2015 – 31st of March 2016 Start projects


The call procedure and the guidelines of the Electronic Submission System are reported in the Call document