Call for Joint Action Working Groups on diet-related chronic diseases

JPI HDHL is working on the challenge to prevent or delay the onset of diet-related chronic diseases. This rapid action call will support community-led working groups that can push forward the field of diet-related chronic diseases.

Aim and output    
By establishing working groups the JPI HDHL aims to support transnational cooperation and communication between individual researchers, research groups and research organisations in order to merge knowledge, data and research results. This will improve our capacity to understand the qualitative and quantitative links between diet, nutritional phenotype and risk factors for diet-related chronic diseases. The output of the working groups will be white papers, prospective views, guidelines, or best practice frameworks of value to the wider research community and with societal impact. 

Call topics

The JPI HDHL has selected the following topics to be addressed in the Working Groups:

  1. Economic evaluation of dietary interventions and/or physical activity interventions
  2. Integrated chronic disease prevention and management
  3. Scouting exercise for existing intervention studies and explore the possibilities of merging


Each Working Group can bid up for a maximum of €50.000 for support of its activities. Funding will cover the costs of meetings and travel required to deliver the Working Groups objectives:

  • - Funding is expected to cover 1-2 workshops, with further work to be undertaken through email, tele- video- and/or web-conferences
  • - Attendance to the final symposium of the Working Group Call

The working group proposals must be submitted by the co-ordinator in electronic format no later than 29th of August 16.00 CEST, 2017 via the Electronic Submission System of JPI HDHL.

Call time schedule



23rd of May 2017

Publication of the Call

29th of August 2017

Submission deadline proposals

24th of October

PRP & CSC meeting proposals

November 2017

Final Funding decision

December 2017 – February 2018

Start projects


For further information, please check the Call Text and related documents:

Proposals should be submitted through the Electronic Submission System. No other means of submission will be accepted.
Researchers who want to participate in a working group need to register in the Meta Data Base of the JPI HDHL website.


HDHL-INTIMIC Cofunded Call "Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health"

Description of the call

This call for joint transnational research proposals, cofunded by the European Union, aims to support multinational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the intestinal microbiome and human health.

In particular, proposals should focus on at least one of the following areas:

1) the basic understanding of the gut microbiome and its causal role in human health and/or the onset of chronic diseases including the dissection of underlying molecular mechanisms

2) the functional links between diet and/or dietary components on the composition and functioning of the gut microbiome and consequent physiological effects on the host, including individually tailored responses

3) the identification of novel microbiome-targeted strategies and food products for preventive and therapeutic applications including personalised diets and specific food for specific target groups that operate by influencing the gut microbiome.

The call is open on January 26th 2017. The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals ends on April 5th 2017. The call text can be found here.

Call time schedule:



26th of January 2017

Publication of the Call

5th of April 2017

Submission deadline for pre-proposals

30th/31th of May 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for pre-proposals

6th of June 2017

Communication selection of pre-proposals

20nd of July 2017

Submission deadline full proposals

7th/8th of September 2017

SEC and CSC meeting full proposals

October 2017

Communication funding decisions,

Start of national administrative procedures between partners and funding organisations


For further information, please refer to the Call Document and the Guidelines for Applicants.

Proposals should be submitted online through the Electronic Submission system PT-Outline.

Researchers interested in participating in this cofunded call are encouraged to register in the Meta Data Base of the JPI HDHL website.


Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy  Evaluation Network (PEN)”

 The aim of the call is to establish a multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.

The Policy Evaluation Network should make use of the achievements of the DEDIPAC KH, especially Thematic Area 3 and combine it with other existing tools and frameworks (e.g. INFORMAS) to develop a consistent and sustainable approach for the evaluation and benchmarking of existing policies. The focus should be put on the comprehensive application of this newly developed standardized approach for policy evaluation. Although the network activities are supposed to build on the results of the DEDIPAC KH, the Policy Evaluation Network is explicitly not meant as a direct continuation of the DEDIPAC KH.

For the purpose of this call, policies are defined as decisions, plans, and actions that are implemented by national or regional governments to achieve specific health care goals within a society. The policies to be evaluated include:

  • Policies that directly affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior.

  • Policies that indirectly affect the aforementioned health behaviors, for example from the field of transportation, agriculture or environment/sustainability.

Policies addressing the consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs are excluded from this call.

The Policy Evaluation Network will be implemented in a three-step procedure. Following the electronic submission of the Expression of Interest (EoI) letters and the national eligibility check (step one) the suggested members of the network will be selected by an external international scientific evaluation committee (SEC). The successful researchers and research groups will be invited to a Network Meeting where they can start working on the design, development and writing of one joint proposal (step two). The network proposal will then be evaluated by the SEC (step three).

The call for EoI letters to join the network is open on February 28th 2017. The deadline for the submission of the EoI letters ends on March 31st 2017 at 14:00 UTC.

Time schedule:




28th of February 2017

Publication of the Call

31st of March 2017 (14:00 UTC)

Submission deadline for EoI letters

11th/12th of May 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for evaluation of EoIs

19th of May 2017

Communication of EoI selection + Invitation to Network Meeting

13th of June 2017

Network Meeting

1st of September 2017

Submission deadline for network proposal

6th of October 2017

SEC and CSC meeting for proposal evaluation

End of October 2017

Communication of funding decisions


For further information, please refer to the Call Document and the Guidelines for Applicants.

Expression of Interest letters should be submitted online through the Electronic Submission System PT-Outline.