Joint Call “Intestinal Microbiomics”: Six research consortia recommended for funding
Within the JPI HDHL Joint Action "Intestinal Microbiomics", six projects will be funded. The projects focus on to increase knowledge on the effects of diet, on human intestinal microbiota and the impact of diet-related variations in the intestinal microbiota on human health and/or the development of non-communicable chronic diseases. Prof Dr. Jerry Wells and Dr. Clara Belzer of Wageningen each participate in one of the projects.
The projects were selected with a two-stage procedure of submitting pre-proposals and full proposals. In the first stage, 41 pre-proposals were submitted and the project coordinators of the top 21 pre-proposals were invited to submit a full proposal for the second stage. The full proposals were peer reviewed by international experts and out of 21 full proposals; six projects were selected for funding.
Nine funding organisations (from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom) are joining forces to financially support the projects with an envisaged budget of about 7 M€. The six transnational research consortia bring together 20 research groups from 10 countries: Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, and The Netherlands. It is expected that the six projects will start around March 2016. More information about the projects will follow.