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 intestinal microbiomics with the aim to share and integrate data for performing meta-analyses and standardise methods to analyse and understand the human diet-gut microbiome interaction.

On the 19th of March 2015 the JPI HDHL launched a transnational call for research proposals on Intestinal Microbiomics. The first stage of the call for proposal was closed on the 28th of April 2015. The final funding decision on the proposals invited to the second step is expected by December 2015.

The main objective of the Joint Action "Intestinal Microbiomics" is to support multidisciplinary transnational research consortia using innovative and scientific approaches to increase knowledge on:

1. The short-term and long-term functional effects of diet, dietary patterns and dietary constituents on human intestinal microbiota.

2. The functional impact of diet-related variations in the intestinal microbiota on human health and/or the development of non-communicable chronic disease.

The overall vision is to develop dietary interventions or guidance for modulation of the intestinal microbiome to promote health and/or prevent the development of non-communicable chronic diseases. The program should generate new knowledge to support health maintenance and/or new treatments.

Call time schedule:

19th of March 2015      Launch of the call; ESS opens for pre-proposal
16.00 CET 28th of April 2015 Submission deadline of pre-proposal
30th of June 2015 Decision and feedback on pre-proposal
1st of July 2015            ESS opens for full proposal
2nd of September 16.00 CET Submission deadline full proposal
16th and 17th of November 2015           Evaluation panel meeting
3rd of December 2015 Final funding decision communicated to applicants
3rd – 25th of December 2015 Start of national administrative procedures
25th 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