Early 2018, 45 research teams from eight countries involved in 11 research projects will start working for the upcoming two to three years to gather new insights about the relationship of diet, intestinal microbiome and health. Eight additional research teams will collaborate with them with own resources. Beginning of this year, the first joint funding action of the ERA-Net Cofund “Interrelation of the INtesTInal MICrobiome, Diet and Health” (HDHL-INTIMIC) was launched by nine countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

This call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals received 66 proposals at the first stage, of which 28 consortia were invited to submit a full proposal by Mid July July 2017. After revision of the full-proposals, the Call Steering Committee selected 11 proposals, based on the ranking list elaborated by the Scientific Expert Committee. The selected projects are requesting a total of 9,578,381 M EUR, including Top-Up funding from the European Commission.

Together with other actions of the ERA-Net, these projects should contribute to the development of new strategies, health promoting products and the prevention of lifestyle-related chronic diseases. The upcoming additional joint action of HDHL-INTIMIC will be the implementation of a “Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Health”. More details on both the research projects and the new HDHL-INTIMIC action will follow soon.