“New joint transnational call: Standardised measurement, monitoring and/or biomarkers to study food intake, physical activity and health (STAMIFY)”


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 HDHL-INTIMIC partners are now launching a 4th additional non-cofunded joint funding activity called “Standardised measurement, monitoring and/or biomarkers to study food intake, physical activity and health (STAMIFY)”.

This new call intends to fund dedicated, scientifically excellent transnational research projects that develop improved methods and tools to assess and monitor diet and physical activity in order to provide better dietary and physical activity recommendations and guidelines.

Ten funding agencies from 8 different countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Spain) have already committed a budget of more than 5,5 Mil €.

Aims of the call

The aim of this call is to encourage the development of improved methods and tools designed to assess and monitor diet and physical activity in order to help promote a healthier lifestyle.

The proposals should address at least one of the following topics:

  1. The development of improved methods for dietary assessment using new technologies, this can for example include ICT tools, unobtrusive data, food purchases, etc.;
  2. The further development of existing/identified biomarkers for food intake (e.g. combination of existing biomarkers to assess eating patterns and/or diet composition; validation of identified biomarkers taking into account influencing factors like gender, genotype or other individual variations);
  3. Identification of biomarkers of physical activities (also sedentary and sleep behavior) including the first step(s) of validation;
  4. Approaches to improve scientific application of commercially available devices for objective assessment of physical activity (also sedentary and sleep behavior) as well as develop approaches to process, aggregate and analyse such data in diverse populations;
  5. The development of integrative tools to assess and monitor both dietary intake and physical activity.

Please carefully check the national/regional funding regulations (in the call text annex) because some of the topics described and types of research may not be suitable/eligible for all countries/funding organisations.

All topics should be tackled by identifying and addressing challenges regarding data privacy and ethical issues specific to diet and physical activity (also sedentary and sleep behavior).

Proposals are encouraged to engage end-users (e.g. consumers, industry, clinicians) in the research process from conception of the study to dissemination and implementation. These partnerships increase the impact of research and facilitate its later use in public health practice, contributing to the sustainability of the funded initiative.

In addition, the following conditions apply as well:

  • Each research consortium should involve different disciplines to achieve ambitious and innovative scientific goals. Proposals should clearly demonstrate the added-value from working together and the unique contributions of each partner.
  • When designing new tools and methods, proposals should consider potential moderators of biomarker levels and effects such as age, sex, gender, socio-economic status, geography and ethnic or other demographic features/differences.
  • The data management plan should respect the FAIR principles. In particular, proposals should explain how the knowledge/data gathered through their projects will be made available to the wider research community.
  • Proposals should be consumer/patient-oriented, e.g.: by handling consumer perception, by improving the availability of allergen information to consumers i.e. food labelling, online information etc., by involving consumers during food product development, through a better communication/information to the population or by other relevant activities;
  • Applicants should provide open access to peer-reviewed publications resulting from the projects.
  • Proposals that study the identification of new biomarkers for food intake are out of scope.
  • Proposals focused exclusively on sedentary and/or sleep behavior are also not within the scope of this call.
  • Proposals which focus on the identification of new biomarkers of physical activity should carefully consider approaches for validation and should demonstrate the relevance of the biomarker to human health.
Participating countries
CountryFunding OrganisationAbbreviationContribution in Mio €
Austria Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
represented by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency
(FFG – Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft)
by FFG
Belgium Research Foundation – Flanders FWO 0,20
The Fund for Scientific Research – FNRS F.R.S.–FNRS 0,20
Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports MSMT 0,50
France French National Research Agency ANR 1,50
Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research,
represented by the Project Management Agency
in the German Aerospace Center
by DLR
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
represented by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food
by BLE
Ireland Health Research Board HRB 0,37
Latvia* Ministry of Education and Science IZM 0,15
Spain Carlos III Health Institute ISCIII 0,50

* Activities of the researchers funded by Latvia will not be funded after November 2023.

General conditions for application

In general, joint research proposals may be submitted by applicants working in universities or other higher education institutions, non-university public or private research institutions, hospitals and other health care settings, commercial companies (in particular small and medium-size enterprises) or other types of stakeholder organisations.

The eligibility of the afore-mentioned institutions, together with details of eligible costs (personnel, material, consumables, equipment, travel money, etc.), are subject to the individual administrative requirements of individual funding organisations and may therefore vary. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact their national/regional funding organisation to confirm eligibility before participation in an application.

Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must involve a minimum of three and a maximum of 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 one consortium. In addition, a maximum of two collaborators may participate in the projects if they clearly demonstrate an added value to the consortium and are able to secure their own funding.

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

Projects will be funded for a period of three years.

Call procedure and time schedule

There will be a two-stage submission procedure: pre-proposals and full proposals. Both pre- and full proposals must be written in English and must be submitted to the Joint Call Secretariat by the project coordinator through the JPI HDHL electronic submission system exclusively. Researchers need to register first at the JPI HDHL Meta Data Base, in order to be able to submit their proposal.

January 28th, 2021 Publication of the call
March 31st, 2021 Submission deadline pre-proposals
Beginning of June 2021 Communication selection pre-proposals
July 22nd, 2021 Submission deadline full proposals
October 2021 Announcement of the results
November 2021 – April 2022* Start projects

* Deadline for the start of the project may vary depending on the funding organisations involved. Please contact your national/regional funding organisations for more information.

For further information, please check the call documents:

Call procedure and time schedule

For questions regarding the call:

Dr. Nikki De Clercq & Dr. Laura Peeters
+32 9 272 30 62 | +32 9 272 30 26
Brusselsesteenweg 370, 9090 Melle, Belgium

E-mail: jpihdhl.calls@ilvo.vlaanderen.be

For technical questions/problems regarding the Electronic Submission System:

E-mail: techsupport@healthydietforhealthylife.eu (with the Joint Call Secretariat in CC).

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