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Specific challenge: Following the implementation of the actions foreseen by the Commission’s Communication on Joint Programming to tackle Europe’s major societal challenges, the Competitiveness Council has welcomed the progress made by EU Member States in Joint Programming Initiatives launched so far, among which is the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ (JPI HDHL) that operates in the areas of food, nutrition, health, and physical activity research for the prevention of diet-related diseases. The vision of this JPI is that in 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, have healthy levels of physical activity, and the incidence of diet-related diseases will have decreased significantly. Several Council Conclusions on Joint Programming[1] invite the Commission to support JPIs via Coordination and Support Actions.
Scope: Proposals should build on the results expected by the coordination action in support to the HDHL JPI in the implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and Implementation Plan using effective and efficient methods of collaboration such as those proposed by the 'Voluntary guidelines on Framework Conditions, adopted by the High Level Group on Joint Programming. To carry out activities foreseen in the Implementation Plan, current efforts should be assessed to provide information on Member State implication and to favour the alignment of these activities to the JPI's SRA. Moreover, proposals should support in harmonization, integration, and alignment of national research programming, to enable evidence-based policy making and effective cross-policy actions, investigate novel forms of implementation of SRA such as collaborations with e.g. other JPIs or research infrastructures. Finally, they should further strengthen the international dimension of the JPI to be addressed by ensuring coherence with other relevant international initiatives.
In line with the objectives of the EU strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation, proposals are encouraged to consider cooperation with related programmes from third countries.[2]
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 2 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:
·         Assisting in aligning the national research programmes and activities to the SRA of the JPI.
·         Promoting the uptake of the JPI HDHL SRA in national programmes and activities.
·         Ensuring convergence with Horizon 2020 objectives, and the EU's priorities, with a scale and scope of action that should go well beyond what either the EU or Member States can achieve on their own.
·         Contributing to research and innovation with European added value in the area of nutrition and prevention of life-style diseases coherent with the major Societal Challenges 1 and 2 under Horizon 2020.
·         Supporting the JPI in their interaction with global partners to address common challenges in the area of nutrition and health.
·         Strengthening and improving international research, cross-border collaboration and the circulation of knowledge and researchers.
·         Developing knowledge and evidence-based support to key EU policy priorities.
·         Strengthening the EU’s global market position, leadership, innovation capacity and competitiveness of the EU industry by delivering innovative, novel and improved concepts and products.
Type of action: Coordination and support actions


[1] Council Conclusions of 12 October 2010, of 26 November 2010 and of 8 December 2011
[2] This is without prejudice to the general rules on the funding of legal entities from third countries, as set in part A of the annex to the work programme.

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