HDHL-INTIMIC: Impact of Diet, Food Components and Food Processing on Body Weight Regulation and Overweight Related Metabolic Diseases (METADIS)

The Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” 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. Under this umbrella, the JPI is now launching a new joint transnational call called METADIS “Impact of Diet, Food Components and Food Processing on Body Weight Regulation and Overweight Related Metabolic Diseases”.

Aim of the call

The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the effects of food (components) or diets and/or food processing on overweight and related metabolic diseases. An additional objective is to support Early Career Scientists in the area of food, nutrition and health.

Proposals should focus on one or both of the following topics:

  1. Identification of food (components) or diets that affect appetite and/or satiety, body weight regulation and/or risk factors for the development of overweight related metabolic diseases as well as the underlying mechanisms. This includes the understanding of individual responses to food components or diet.
  2. The effect of food processing and/or storage conditions on food components, and the mechanisms by which this will influence appetite and/or satiety, body weight regulation and/or risk factors for the development of overweight related metabolic diseases. This can include studying how to modify the amount of these food components during food processing without affecting consumer acceptance.

To support Early Career Scientists (ECSs) the following conditions apply:

  • Proposals must include training of Early Career Scientists (ECSs i.e. PhD students or/and post-docs – please refer to National Annexes). Examples of training activities are mobility and lab visits of ECSs between partners of the consortium or implementation of summer school(s).
  • To support career development the JPI HDHL will organize a training activity for ECSs to assist with their career development after the projects have started. Travel costs for at least one ECS per consortium partner must be included in the budget plan of the proposal.

Eligibility Criteria

Only transnational projects will be funded: each consortium must involve a minimum of three partners eligible for the participating funding organisation and a maximum of six partners eligible for funding by the participating funding organisation from at least three different countries. Applicants are encouraged to include partners that are eligible for funding by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of Czech Republic (MEYS). If they include one or two eligible partner for these previously mentioned funding organisations, the maximum of partners can be increased to seven or eight, respectively. No more than two eligible partners from the same country will be accepted in one consortium.

Joint research proposals may be submitted by applicants working in universities (or other higher education institutions), non-university public research institutes, hospitals and other health care settings as well as commercial companies, in particular small and medium-size enterprises. The eligibility of these organisations and institutions is subject to the national/regional regulations of the individual funding organisations and may therefore vary.

Projects can be funded for a period of up to three years and according to individual funding organisations’ regulations. Eligible costs may vary according to the corresponding funding organisations’ regulations. Each group will be subject to the rules and regulations of its respective national/regional funding agency.

Call procedure

There will be a two-stage submission procedure: pre-proposals and full proposals. Both pre- and full proposals must be written in English and must be submitted by the coordinator through an electronic submission system. No other means of submission will be accepted.

Call time Schedule

2 April 2019 - Submission deadline pre-proposals
28 May 2019 - Communication selection pre-proposals
9 of July 2019 - Submission deadline full proposals
October 2019 - Announcement of the results


Dutch applicants should contact ZonMw to discuss the Dutch rules and regulation for this call before submitting an application. ZonMw is the implementing organisation for the Netherlands adressing JPI HDHL.