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ERA-HDHL Call for Joint Transnational Research Proposals (PREVNUT)

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Application deadline

12 May 2020 at 17h CEST

This call is administered by the Joint Call Secretariat


BBSRC and MRC are pleased to announce support for UK participation in the JPI HDHL Joint Action on Development of targeted nutrition for prevention of undernutrition for older adults (PREVNUT) and encourage their research communities to apply for funding as part of transnational consortia.

The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the prevention of undernutrition in European older citizens through the consumption of appropriate nutritious food.

This will develop a better understanding of the balance between nutrition and lifestyle; contribute to new recommendations and the development of innovative food products to prevent undernutrition in the older population, leading to European citizens having a better life in later life.

BBSRC and MRC will jointly fund the UK partner of successful consortia. Up to €1.5 M will be available to UK researchers for this call, from which we anticipate funding 5-6 proposals.

For further information, please view the call documents on the HDHL JPI website .


Older adults are particularly vulnerable to undernutrition, defined as a state resulting from a defective food intake or uptake (nutrient deficiencies) that leads to an altered body composition and to a weight loss. Prevention of undernutrition is critical. Undernutrition correlates with a general decline in health conditions (aggravation of both physical and cognitive/mental deficiencies), with an increased number (and duration) of hospital stays, increased frailty and poor health, and finally with a higher rate of mortality. Research providing a better understanding of how food is metabolised in the body, how nutrients are made available for absorption and the development of new tailored foods designed to overcome undernutrition can be part of the solution.

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

  • Improved understanding of how the balance between diet and physical activity can prevent undernutrition. The studies should focus on the underlying biological mechanisms of the bioavailability, assimilation and metabolism of the macro- and/or micronutrients in food or food products and show how physical activity could modify these processes.
  • Development of innovative food products. The developed product should be based on new research on metabolism, on macro- and/or micronutrient bioavailability and absorption in older adults.

Participation with Industry is strongly encouraged, especially when developing food products.

The full call text is available on the HDHL JPI website.

Specific requirements for UK partners

Information on specific requirements for researchers applying for UK funding is set out below. Following these requirements, in addition to those set out in the main call text, is mandatory.


It is expected that applications submitted to this call will be multidisciplinary transnational research consortia as defined in the main call text.

Standard BBSRC and MRC eligibility criteria will be applied to the UK components of applications. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Research Council Institutes (RCIs) and Independent Research Organisations (IROs) that are normally eligible to received BBSRC or MRC funding can apply.

Full details of eligibility conditions can be found in the BBSRC Grants Guide and the MRC Guidance for Applicants.

Potential applicants are strongly advised to contact the BBSRC/MRC (see contacts below) in advance of making an application to resolve any eligibility and remit queries.

Industrial collaboration

Standard terms and conditions for industrial collaboration apply. Applicants who intend to collaborate with industrial or other non-academic partners should note that any costs incurred, direct or otherwise, by these partners cannot be met by BBSRC or MRC. These costs must be met by the non-academic partners as in-cash or in-kind contributions. Costs incurred by the UK academic partner as a direct result of working with other consortium partners (such as visits to labs or exchange of materials) can be requested.

All applications involving industrial partners should complete an MRC Industry Collaboration Agreement (MICA) form.


Subject to conditions of eligibility and peer review being fully met, up to €1.5M will be available to UK researchers for this call.

The funders expect that individual consortium applications will not request more than €300,000 (as the total cost, at 80% fEC) for the UK component per proposal. We anticipate supporting 5-6 applications from the available UK budget.

The UK component of applications should be costed on the basis of full economic costs (fEC). If the grant is awarded, funding will be provided in GBP and on the basis of 80% of fEC, as per standard BBSRC/MRC terms and conditions. The submitting organisations must agree to find the balance of fEC for the project from other resources.

UK costs should be entered on the transnational application in Euros at the exchange rate of £1 = €1.14. The requested funding must be equivalent to the 80% that will be requested from Research Council funding.

The 20% contribution from submitting organisations should be recorded as an “in cash contribution”.

Applicants should include a statement to confirm the exchange rate used, and that costs are entered at the 80% fEC level on the application form. (See an example of a budgetary table in the Related Links on this page.)

How to apply

Further details on the application process can found on the HDHL JPI website The proposals must be submitted by the project coordinator in electronic format via the Electronic Submission System of JPI HDHL.

Specific national regulations and guidelines

Successful UK project partners will have one month from the date they are notified of a positive funding decision to submit a formal application through Je-S. BBSRC and MRC will provide further details of how to do this once the outcomes of the call are known. The UK project partners‘ application through Je-S will not be subject to further peer review.

Please also note:

  • PhD students cannot be funded as part of a standard collaborative research proposal
  • UK grant holders are required to comply with UKRI Data Sharing and Open Access policies.
  • Awards will be subject to standard UKRI Grants Terms and Conditions.


In addition to reporting requirements set out in the HDHL call document, standard UKRI reporting terms and conditions will apply. UK partners are expected to report on outputs and outcomes on a regular basis (and for at least five years post-completion) though Researchfish.

Any publications (including academic papers and press releases) or other dissemination activities resulting from research funded through this call must acknowledge co-funding from BBSRC and MRC.


For UK specific remit and eligibility queries:

Email: louisa.jenkin@bbsrc.ukri.org
Tel: +44 1793 413352

Email: karen.finney@mrc.ukri.org

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7395 2255

External contact (Joint Call Secretariat)

For questions regarding the call:

Email: JPI-HDHLCalls@agencerecherche.fr

Tel: +33 1 78 09 80 39 or +33 1 73 54 81 40

For technical questions regarding the HDHL-JPI Electronic Submission System:

Email: techsupport@healthydietforhealthylife.eu