Selected – 2016

A call for Transnational Research Proposals on "Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health"

The French National Research Agency launchs, in partnership with 12 European countries and Canada, the first ERA-HDHL Cofund joint call for funding multilateral research projects on “Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health”.

The following funding organisations intend to participate in this cofounded call: BMWFW (Austria), SPW-DGO6 (Belgium), CIHR (Canada), IFD (Danemark), ANR (France), BMBF et BMEL/BLE (Germany), SFI (Ireland), MIUR et MiPAAF (Italy), ZonMw (The Netherlands), NCBR (Poland), ANCSI (Romania), ICSIII and MINECO (Spain), Tubitak (Turkey), and BBSRC (United Kingdom).

The Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL) 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.

Using the ERA-NET Cofund instrument (named ERA-HDHL), the JPI HDHL aims to provide a robust platform for implementing Joint Funding Actions (JFA) that addresses the research challenges that are identified and described in its Strategic Research Agenda and to create a transnational network of researchers.

This cofunded call is the first implemented joint funding action in the frame of ERA-HDHL. It is a joint transnational call, co-funded with the European Commission (EC), for the “Development and validation of biomarkers for nutrition and health, including nutritional intake, nutritional status, physical activity-related health, diet-related health and risk of developing diet-related diseases”.

This call focuses on the identification and validation of biomarkers that are modulated by diet and that indicate a change in health status and/or the risk of developing diet-related diseases. Biomarkers of physical activity may be considered alongside diet. 

The proposals have to fulfill the following conditions:

  • Proposals should focus on biomarkers that are modifiable by diet (or a combination of diet and physical activity) and reflect a healthy state, or focus on its transition towards diet- and lifestyle-related disease. Studies focusing on disease biomarkers are outside the scope of the call.
  • Proposals can aim to identify new biomarkers, or build upon previous identification studies through necessary validation.
  • Proposals which focus on identification of new biomarkers should demonstrate the relevance of the biomarker to human health and should carefully consider approaches for validation.
  • Proposals should 1) make use of existing biobanks and/or cohorts or 2) explain why no existing biobank or cohort is used.
  • Proposals should explain how the data gathered through their project would be available to the wider research community.
  • Proposals should avoid overlap with the aims and objectives of FOODBALL and Mirdiet.  These projects are already funded under the umbrella of JPI HDHL.

Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must involve a minimum of three partners eligible from the participating funding organisations and a maximum of six partners eligible from 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 (see exception in the call text).

Funding will be awarded for a maximum of three years.

Submission and evaluation of projects will be carried out in two stages and integrated with other countries. Each country shall fund its national teams according to its own procedures.

Opening : 2016-02-18 at 15:40 CET
Pre-proposal deadline : 2016-04-19 at 16:00 CEST
Application Deadline : 2016-07-15 at 16:00 CEST

The call is centrally coordinated by the Joint Call Secretariat, which is represented by The German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

Submissions of proposals will be in two steps. All proposals should be submitted online via the submission website.

Each French partner of the selected projects will sign a grant agreement with the ANR. Therefore, he/she will adhere to the methods stipulated in "Regulations concerning the conditions of allocation of ANR funding", which may be consulted on the ANR website.

Contact person for the Joint Call Secretariat:
Dr. Annika FUCHS:
+49 (0)228 6845-3746

ANR Contacts:
+33 (0)1 78 09 80 22
Dr. Martine BATOUX:


Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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