ERA-HDHL was the first ERA-NET Cofund of the JPI-HDHL. Its aim was to provide a robust platform for implementing Joint Funding Activities (JFA) that address the research challenges that are identified and described in the Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation Plans of JPI HDHL. ERA-HDHL objectives were also to improve coordination and reduce the overlap between national and EU funding in relevant fields of research, achieve a critical mass and ensure better use of limited resources in fields of mutual interests.

ERA-HDHL ran for a period of six years, from February 2016 to January 2022.The first Joint Funding Activity of ERA-HDHL was to support research in the field of Biomarkers of Nutrition and Health cofunded with the European Commission. Its aim was to fund multidisciplinary transnational research consortia that used innovative and scientific approaches to increase knowledge on the development and validation of biomarkers for nutrition and health and to create a transnational network of researchers collaborating in these fields, well integrated at the international level. Five additional JFAs were implemented based on the Implementation Plans of the JPI HDHL. ERA-HDHL welcomed the participation of new funders, not belonging to ERA-HDHL consortium, and facilitated the collaboration between JPI HDHL, FACCE JPI, and JPI OCEANS on nutrition and food security.

Management framework



Steering Committee and secretariats of the Management board, Scientific advisory board and Stakeholder advisory board

EC: European Commission
CU: Coordination Unit

It is composed of a coordinator, a project manager and a financial and administrative officer, located at the French National Research Agency (ANR).

NSC: Network Steering Committee

It is composed of one representative from each ERA-HDHL partner organization.

EB: Executive Board

EB composed of the Work package leaders and the CU is the general executive body of the consortium. It oversees the timely execution of all work packages.

CSC: Call steering committee

It is formed for each joint call and composed of those NSC members taking part in the joint call (“variable geometry” principle), and additional partners outside the consortium which may join the calls.

JCS: Joint call secretariat

JCS serves as a central contact point for applicants, evaluators and funders involved in JFAs

SEC: Scientific evaluation committee


Country Funding Organisation Abbreviation Website
France French National Research Agency ANR
The Netherlands The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development ZonMw

Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture




National Institute of Health Carlos III

The State research Agency of Spain




Public service of Wallonia, Directorate-General Operational for Economy, Employment and Research


Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies

Ministry of University and Research



Austria Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research BMBWF
Romania National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation ANCSI
Poland The National Centre for Research and Development NCBR

Science Foundation Ireland

Dept. of Agriculture, Food & the Marine



United Kingdom United Kingdom Research Innovation UKRI
Denmark Innovation Fund Denmark IFD
Turkey The Scientific and Technological Research Council TUBITAK
Canada Canadian Institutes of Health Research CIHR


Publications & Deliverables

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