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Transnational Funds for Research on "Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health"

The joint programming initiative (JPI) "A healthy diet for a healthy life" (HDHL) calls for joint transnational research projects on the Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health. The programme "INtesTInal MICrobiomics (INTIMIC)" is cofunded by the European Union and aims to support multinational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the intestinal microbiome and human health.

In particular, multi-disciplinary proposals should focus on at least one of the following areas:

  • the basic understanding of the gut microbiome and its causal role in human health and/or the onset of chronic diseases including the dissection of underlying molecular mechanisms
  • the functional links between diet and/or dietary components on the composition and functioning of the gut microbiome and consequent physiological effects on the host, including individually tailored responses
  • the identification of novel microbiome-targeted strategies and food products for preventive and therapeutic applications including personalised diets and specific food for specific target groups that operate by influencing the gut microbiome.

A consortium should consist of at least 3 up to 6 research groups from at least 3 of the participating countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands (maximum 2 partners from one country). The corresponding national funding rules apply.

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is on April 5th 2017.