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ERA-HDHL Joint Funding Action Call for Expression of Interests (2017) for “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”
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Opening Date:
28 February 2017
Closing Date:
31 March 2017
Application Restrictions:


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. This will contribute to tangible societal and health impact and strengthening European leadership and competitiveness in this field.

The vision of the JPI HDHL is that by 2030 all citizens will not only have the adequate knowledge and motivation, but also the opportunity and accessibility to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, practice healthy levels of physical activity, and that the incidence of lifestyle-related diseases will have decreased significantly. A Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) with its related Implementation Plan (IP) provides a roadmap for harmonised and structured research activities with defined priorities to achieve these goals.

Using the ERA-NET instrument[1] (named ERA-HDHL) the JPI HDHL aims to provide a robust platform for implementing Joint Funding Actions (JFA) that address the research challenges that are identified and described in the SRA and to create a transnational network of researchers.

This joint transnational call is the second implemented JFA in the frame of ERA HDHL. With this JFA, the JPI HDHL aims to build on the results of the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub (DEDIPAC KH).


Up to now, the impact of policies aiming for significant and sustainable changes in dietary, physical activity and/or sedentary behaviors conducted across Europe has not been assessed or evaluated systematically. As a consequence there is only incomplete knowledge about the effect of different policy intervention types and strategies on consumers’ health and lifestyles. In particular, the variations of their effectiveness in different cultural, demographic, socio-economic or ethnic groups or their transferability to other social contexts have not been taken into account yet. The aim of the call is to establish a multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe.


Expressions of Interest

The call for the Policy Evaluation Network will use a two stage application process. 

  • Stage 1: Open call for Expressions of Interest
  • Stage 2: Invitation to selected applicants to submit full proposal


Interested researchers or research groups have to submit an EoI before 16.00 CET the 31st of March 2017. The EoI must be written in English following a pre-defined template and submitted via the electronic submission system  (


The total fund for this call is over €4.4m (for all participating countries). The funding available for successful research groups in Ireland will be up to €370,000 over 36 months. The maximum amount that funders in each country will contribute to their successful research groups can be found on the Guidance document (

Who should apply?

Only research groups from Ireland working in a HRB approved Host Institution are eligible for HRB funding in this call. For full details on who can apply applicants will need to review the call text and the country-specific requirements on the following website:


The submission deadline for Expressions of Interest is 31 March 2017 (14:00 GMT). Applications will not be accepted after this time.

  • Expressions of Interest will be evaluated and successful applicants will be informed of the outcome in May 2017
  • Successful applicants in the Expression of Interest call will be expected to attend a network meeting on the 13 June 2017 in Bonn in preparation of the full proposal
  • The call for the full proposal will open at the network meeting and close on the 1 September 2017
  • Communication of the outcome of the call will be at the end of October 2017


Where can you get more information about this call?

For general enquiries contact the Joint Call Secretariat, whose contact details are listed on the Guidance Document.

Applicants from Ireland who still have questions after reading the information on the call website can contact Dr Donna Tedstone at the HRB.

[1] The ERA-NET instrument under Horizon 2020 is designed to support public-public partnerships in their preparation, establishment of networking structures, design, implementation and coordination of joint activities as well as topping up of single joint calls and of actions of a transnational nature.

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