Pre-announcement: a transnational call on the prevention of unhealthy weight gain and obesity during crucial phases throughout the lifespan

The French National Research Agency (ANR) will launch an international call in the domain of nutrition and health under the umbrella of the JPI HDHL (“A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life”) and within the framework of the ERA-NET HDHL-INTIMIC. This call will include 11 funding agencies from 10 different countries. The call will be launched on the 27th of January 2020 and applicants will have up to the 3rd of April 2020, 16h (UTC) to submit their proposals.

This new joint transnational call intends to fund dedicated, top-class transnational research consortia to provide insights on innovative strategies to prevent or reduce overweight and obesity in defined target populations based on certain life stages. This call will give a unique opportunity to connect researchers with expertise in obesity prevention and stakeholders that can facilitate policy-based solutions.

Through this call, the ERA-NET HDHL-INTIMIC will contribute to create or reinforce the collaboration between research partners coming from different countries and different fields to promote research linking nutrition and health. Both public research partners (such as universities, research institutions, and hospitals), private companies and associations will be welcome to join the present call.

Topic of the call

The aim of this call is to encourage the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative strategies designed to prevent or reduce overweight and obesity, in defined target populations based on certain life stages.

The research to be funded within this call should have a holistic, multi-disciplinary and solution oriented approach and will focus on one or more crucial phase(s) throughout the lifespan such as transition periods (for example from prenatal to postnatal phase/infancy, pre-school to school age, adolescence to early adulthood) or critical life events (for example moving, marriage, period in between pregnancies, diagnosis of a chronic disease, recovering from disease, retirement, migration). To increase the impact of the research and facilitate its later use in future policies on lifestyle interventions and public health, this call strongly encourages the active integration of stakeholders (e.g. patient and/or consumer organisations) or citizen science approaches. These partners should be engaged in the research process from conception of the study to dissemination and implementation.

The consortium should be transdisciplinary and involve 3 to 6 partners eligible for funding from at least three countries participating to the call (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, and Spain). No more than two eligible partners from the same country will be accepted within the same consortium. Each research consortium should include at least one operational stakeholder as a partner/collaborator (eligible for funding or participating with its own budget) in order to collaborate across sectors including the academic sector, public health sector, governmental sector, private sector and industrial partners. Two additional partners could also join the consortium if they can fund their own work without requesting money to the funders. ANR will only fund the French partners of the selected projects. The maximum funding allowed is 250 000 euros (or 300 000 euros if the French partner is also the coordinator of the project).

In agreement with the ANR policy, funded researchers should respect the guidelines of the Nagoya protocol and consider open access publication of their results.

Submitted projects will be evaluated in two phases (closure for the submission of pre-proposals: April 3rd, 2020; closure for the submission of full proposals: July 10th, 2020)

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Last updated on 07 January 2020
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