Selected – 2014

Call for Transnational research projects for the validation of Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health, in the context of the Joint Programming Initiative "Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" (JPI HDHL)

The ANR joins the JPI HDHL to launch a first joint call for proposals to fund transnational research projects on Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health.

Twelve countries are joining this call: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

Please note, on the 29th of April, Canada decided to participate to the call with 290 000 euros.

The main objective of the Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health (BioNH) call is to support interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches for the validation of biomarkers and the investigation of intake/exposure and nutritional status of biomarkers within this scientific area.

The projects must show a clear added value in funding the transnational collaboration. Each consortium submitting a proposal must involve a minimum of three research groups from three different European countries of funding organisations participating in this call (see list above).

The intake of foods, food ingredients and food contaminants in a population is a major challenge and questionnaire technology may lead to biased results. Dietary patterns may be even more complicated. Exposure biomarkers covering a broad number of foods and food components could provide a more objective measure of actual intake and status, and will be an important adjunct to classical dietary data. However, few foods are covered by validated intake/exposure biomarkers. One of the main applications of dietary biomarkers is to use them as a reference measurement to assess the validity and accuracy of dietary assessment methodologies.

The most important dietary biomarkers for this application are:


  • Recovery dietary biomarkers: based on the metabolic balance between intake and excretion over a fixed period of time;
  • Predictive dietary biomarkers: to assess the degree of measurement errors in dietary assessment methods;
  • Concentration and replacement dietary biomarkers: For comparison with estimated dietary intakes and estimated diet–disease risk associations.

Funding will be awarded for a maximum of three years. The ANR will fund only the French partners in the selected projects.

Opening : 2014-04-16 at 11:30 CEST
Application Deadline : 2014-06-16 at 17:00 CEST

ERRATUM 23/04/2014: the closure date has been modified in the document Appendix for the French participants (10/06/2014 instead of 02/06/2014).

The call is centrally coordinated by the Joint Call Secretariat, which is represented by The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

Submissions of proposals will be in one step. 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.

Joint Call Secretariat
Jolien Wenink and Moniek Willemstein

Dr. Martine Batoux
Tel : 01 73 54 81 40


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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