In 2013 started the first Joint Funding Action (JFA) initiated by the JPI HDHL followed by six further funding activities until 2015. From these seven calls much can be learned for future activities. For this purpose, detailed evaluation reports were conducted to assess the monitoring data of the funded research projects in relation to the respective aim of the call and to analyse the output, outcomes and impact of JPI HDHL funding activities (both on call and project level). The results will feed into the continuous improvement and development of new funding activities to reach the expectations of all stakeholders and fulfil the JPI HDHL objectives.
A special framework has been developed for the preparation of the evaluation reports including general indicators as well as specific indicators. The general indicators allowed the comparison between the joint funding actions, while the specific indicators were designed to assess the success of each JFA separately. The required data were collected systematically from the funded projects in form of annual and final project reports and oral presentations at the mid-term and final project symposia. Further information like call statistics and call documents were collected from the respective Call Secretariats. Moreover, members of the Scientific Advisory Board as well as of the Stakeholder Advisory Board assessed the success and impact of the funded projects after the attendance of the final symposium and/or reading of the final report using a specific short evaluation questionnaire.
Selected highlights of the first Joint Funding Actions
The DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub achieved great progress towards a pan European surveillance system by establishing an inventory of 50 existing surveillance systems and the generation of a four step-roadmap towards the development of a joint and standardised monitoring system for Europe.
The ENPADASI Knowledge Hub developed a new and optimized open access infrastructure for sharing data in the nutritional field, the DASH-IN system. In the following, a majority of the research projects funded in the JPI HDHDL, have chosen ENPADASI as the platform for sharing their data.
The two funded consortia of the BioNH call developed three databases important for the food metabolome field (FooDB, FoodComEx, PhytoHub) and identified three new potential dietary biomarkers.
The two consortia from the Food Processing for Health call used new technologies like sous vide, superheated steam processing or fermentation to improve the quality, shelf life but also the health effects of fish, meat, bakery and dairy products by e.g. reduction of sugar or nitrate amounts.
The MaNuEL Knowledge Hub developed a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to strengthen the evidence-based knowledge on malnutrition of health professionals. In Austria, the MOOC became already an official part of the nursing curricula.
The six funded consortia of the Intestinal Microbiomics call published in total 86 publications and developed important tools for further research like the next generation sequences analysis tools (METAnnotatorX), a web interface to graphically inspect the virus genomes and a new bacterial profiling technique.
The five funded consortia of the NutriCog call established a large number of collaborations with other JPI HDHL funded projects like DEDIPAC, ENPADASI, FoodBall, MaPLE or DiGuMet. This will support the continuous dissemination of the achieved research results which are already published in 58 publication.
With this, the results of the evaluation reports indicate a clear added value of the JPI HDHL funded projects for the European Research Area for the competitive research calls as well as for the networking activities in the Knowledge Hub calls.
For more information we refer to the full evaluation reports of the single funding actions:
Additionally, an external impact evaluation performed in parallel (External impact evaluation of JPI HDHL shows important progress in first 10 years (healthydietforhealthylife.eu)) demonstrated that the first decade of the JPI HDHL reached already some significant impacts beyond the joint funding activities.
Text: JPI HDHL secretariat
Publication date: Februari 21, 2022