Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:37

Horizon 2020 - call for proposals

TOPIC : Personalized Nutrition

Types of action: IA Innovation action

Deadline Model: single-stage 

Opening date: 31 October 2017

Deadline: 13 February 2018

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/dt-sfs-14-2018.html 

Specific Challenge:

The World Health Organization estimates that about 80% of premature heart disease cases, strokes, type 2 diabetes and 40% of cancers could be avoided if the major risk factors for non-communicable diseases, such as unhealthy diets, were eliminated[1]. Whereas a one-size-fits-all approach may fail, personalized nutrition can empower consumers to adhere to a long-lasting, healthy, pleasurable, nutritional and sustainable diet when tailored to individual parameters such as: the physical and psychological characteristics (health status, phenotype, genotype, microbiome configuration), the needs and preferences, behaviour, lifestyle, and budget; alongside to general economic factors (e.g. market prices) and socio-cultural aspects. Personalised nutrition can be used for different target groups from healthy people to patients such as malnourished people, vulnerable groups, people with allergies or non-communicable diseases, including cancer. Specific dietary and behavioural advice and/or support should be based on robust scientific evidence and knowledge from nutritional, medical, biological and social sciences and the humanities. Tackling this challenge requires a combined inter- and transdisciplinary approach engaging academics, policy makers, civil society, relevant industry and market actors.


Proposals shall deliver innovative solutions for personalized nutrition advice and/or support that will help consumers to achieve their optimal health and well-being and to adopt long-term healthy and sustainable diets. These concepts/tools/products/services shall focus on the consumer benefit and integrate all relevant factors such as health indicators, nutritional requirements, food composition, lifestyle, preferences, environment (i.e. cultural and socio-economic), etc. Moreover, proposals shall address all levels of personalization: from food choice in the shop, to customised production and delivery, to specific advice/warning systems (e.g. new, smart digital/ICT applications). Besides activities such as prototyping, testing, demonstrating, piloting and large-scale products validation in a near to operational environment, proposals may include limited research activities. Assessment and deepening the understanding of the drivers of food choice, the food environment, incentives and other relevant aspects influencing the motivation and behavioural change needed to sustain long term healthy and sustainable diets are essential. Proposals shall also develop and/or validate innovative approaches/methods/technologies for dietary assessment (e.g. measure dietary intake). Proposals shall build on existing knowledge and make use of relevant research infrastructures. To ensure the success of the developed actions, consumer engagement and acceptance, gender differences in patterns of nutrition and ethical issues, particularly on the use of personal data, should be taken into account. When applicable, proposals should address requirements from relevant EU regulatory frameworks, including pre-market approval.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of the order of EUR 7 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

In the framework of SDG no 1, 2, 3, 9, 12 and 15, the EU's Bioeconomy Strategy 2012, and the FOOD 2030 Staff Working Document[2], proposals should explain how activities included contribute to:

  • Empowered consumers able to make healthy and sustainable dietary choices;
  • Personalized diets upon scientific-based dietary assessment and advice, by 2025;
  • Increased consumer trust in personalized nutrition advice and/or support;
  • Prevention of diet-related and non-communicable diseases;
  • Increased/optimal health and well-being of individuals adopting long-lasting healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour;
  • New market opportunities for novel concepts/tools/products, or services in personalized advice and/or support;
  • New market opportunities for novel approaches/methods/technologies for dietary assessment.
  • Move available solutions from TRL 5 to TRL 6/7

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Socio-economic science and humanities

[1] http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/noncommunicable_diseases/facts/en/index9.html

[2]European Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security, SWD(2016)319. http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/10102/2016/EN/SWD-2016-319-F1-EN-MAIN.PDF

Within the framework of developing its Strategic Plan, the OIV grants research scholarships in priority programme fields on a yearly basis. Grants offered within the framework of this programme are short term (six months to fifteen months maximum) and are provided for specific post graduate training programmes. Targeted candidates must be very qualified, with the desire to pursue their research, further knowledge and keep up on the latest progress made in their field of study and/or work.

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Deadline for submitting requests: 15th September 2017


More information

OIV Research grant program in support of priority programme fields

TOPIC: Gathering knowledge and exchanging best practices on measures reducing underage drinking and heavy episodic drinking.

Types of action: HP-PJ Project

Deadline Model: single-stage 

Opening date: 04 March 2016

Deadline: 02 June 2016 17:00:00

Heavy episodic drinking and youth drinking, including underage drinking, are of particular concern in Europe. All age groups and both genders are affected by heavy episodic drinking. Building on previous work conducted in this area, this action should support Member States’ efforts to reduce alcohol related harm and particularly contribute to the objectives of the Member States’ action plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking ([1]). It should generate and promote new and innovative good practices targeting the reduction of heavy episodic drinking, including amongst young adults, and underage drinking.

([1]) Action Plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking (Binge Drinking) (2014-2016), Endorsed by the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA) on 16 September 2014


Description of the activities to be funded under the call for proposals:

The activities should aim at testing methods/tools and at identifying good practices on reducing heavy episodic drinking including amongst young adults and underage drinking in different settings and different Member States. Priority should be given to initiatives aiming at identifying good practices of measures at population level and more targeted prevention measures like brief interventions. In addition, multi-stakeholder initiatives might be included. The activities should encourage EU networking and good practise exchange.

Implementation by the Agency, First semester of 2016.

Grants for project which aims to build an economy based on knowledge and innovation, while contributing to sustainable development

The global objecive of this programme is to complement, support and add value to the policies of the Member States aimed at improving the health of Union citizens and reduce health inequalities by promoting health, encouraging innovation in health, increasing the sustainability of health systems and protecting Union citizens from serious cross-border health threats. 

This call is divided into 5 topics:1- Gathering knowledge and exchanging best practices on measures reducing availability of alcoholic beverages2- Early diagnosis and ... 

Areas concerned

ResearchHealthInnovationNew technologies

Who can apply?

Research centresLocal and Regional authoritiesSchoolsCorporationsTraining centresFederations UnionsAdministrations StatesAgencies ChambersDevelopment NGOsSMEsUniversitiesNon-profit organisations


European UnionCandidate countriesNew Independant StatesEuropean Economic AreaMediterranean countries,Developing countries


For more information about this call for proposals, please visit the website.  


Thursday, 23 July 2015 09:48

OIV Research grants 2015

Within the framework of developing its Strategic Plan, the OIV may grant research scholarships in priority programme fields on a yearly basis. Grants offered within the framework of this programme are short term (six months to fifteen months maximum) and are provided for specific post graduate training programmes. Targeted candidates must be very qualified, with the desire to pursue their research, further knowledge and keep up on the latest progress made in their field of study and/or work.

This year, the focus topics are as follows:

In viticulture

  • Studies on resources and water balance in the wine sector (Eg water footprint).
  • Trunk Diseases.
  • Management and use of wine by-products.
  • Climate change and vineyard management to control the grape’s sugar content.

In oenology

  • The use of non-Saccharomyces yeasts in winemaking
  • Oenological tannins: scope, objectives and consequences in wine
  • New alternative products for stabilization and storage of wine
  • Nanotechnology in winemaking

In economy

  • The role of standards and private standards in the organisation of the field of table grapes
  • "Health and nutritional" labelling: State policies implemented, effectiveness of labelling policies with regard to public health, readability of labels by consumers
  • Analysis of the cost production in the wine sector

In Safety and Health

  • The effects of wine consumption on degenerative diseases
  • Changes in consumer behavior


More information on the 2015 OIV Research grants

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