ERA-HDHL (2020)

Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals:
“Development of targeted nutrition for prevention of undernutrition for older adults (PREVNUT)”

Full proposal submission closed. Due to the current COVID-19 situation rebuttal will be postponed to 1st-10th September.

The Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” 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. Under this umbrella, the JPI is now launching a new joint transnational call called PREVNUT “Development of targeted nutrition for prevention of undernutrition for older adults”.

Aims of the call

The aim of this call is to support transnational and transdisciplinary research projects that will improve the prevention of undernutrition in older adults. Proposals should focus on one or both of the following topics:

  • Improved understanding of how the balance between nutrition, lifestyle and physical exercise can prevent undernutrition. The studies should focus on the underlying biological mechanisms of the bioavailability, assimilation and metabolism of the macro- and/or micronutrients in food or food products and show how lifestyle and physical activity could modify these processes.
  • Development of innovative food products. The developed product should be based on new research on metabolism, on macro- and/or micronutrient bioavailability and absorption in older adults.
Participating countries and agencies

Eleven countries and fourteen funding organisations will participate to the PREVNUT call:

Belgium (FWO), France (ANR), Germany (BMEL represented by BLE), Ireland (HRB and DAFM), Israel (MOST), Italy (ISS and MIUR), Latvia (IZM), Norway (RCN), Poland (NCBR), Spain (ISCIII) and United Kingdom (MRC and BBSRC as part of UKRI)

Eligibility Criteria

Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must involve three to six partners eligible for funding by the participating funding organisations from at least three different countries. No more than two eligible partners from the same country will be accepted in the same consortium. In addition, a maximum of two additional partners can join the consortium if they are able to perform their work on their own fund.

In order to achieve ambitious and innovative scientific goals, partners of each consortium should be comprised of several different fields and sectors such as academic and clinical researchers and allied professions, care workers, industry (e.g. food and social and health care industry) and other relevant organisations/stakeholders. Disciplines may include (but are not limited to) nutrition (including food chemistry/processing), biochemistry, physiology, psychology, sociology and social and health care.

JPI HDHL provides a partnership tool to help researchers to establish consortia. The "PREVNUT partnership forum” is available to registered users after login, at the following link:   

Proposals should clearly demonstrate the benefit of working together and the unique contribution of each partner. The eligibility of these organisations and institutions is subject to the national/regional regulations of the individual funding organisations and may therefore vary.

Projects can be funded for a period of up to three years. Eligible costs may vary according to the corresponding funding organisations’ regulations. Each group will be subject to the rules and regulations of its respective national/regional funding agency.

Call procedure

There will be a single-stage submission procedure only followed by a rebuttal. Proposals must be written in English and must be submitted by the coordinator through an electronic submission system. (Please note that you need to log in on the JPI website before accessing the submission platform). No other means of submission will be accepted

January 20, 2020 Launch of the call
May 12, 2020 Submission deadline
September 1-10, 2020 Rebuttal
October 2020 Announcement of the results

For further information, please check the call documents (revised on 18/03/2020):

We strongly advise the researchers who intend to submit a proposal to contact their national contact point to check the eligibility criteria.

Researchers need to register first at the JPI HDHL Meta Data Base (, in order to be able to submit their proposal.


For questions regarding the call:

Dr. Sophie Gay & Dr. Martine Batoux

+33 1 78 09 80 39/+33 1 73 54 81 40

50 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris


For technical questions regarding the Electronic Submission System:


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