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Innovative pulse and cereal-based food fermentations for human health and sustainable diets

Objective

Food fermentation has been used for millennia, but our knowledge on the impact of fermented foods on human health and the possible role of gut microbiota in it is limited. Microbial consortia and fermentation processes are, hence, not designed for optimal health outcomes. At the same time, fermentation technology represents a major opportunity to increase incorporation of plant-based proteins in diets.
The multi-actor consortium HealthFerm brings together first-class researchers, food companies and dissemination partners to enable the transition from traditional to sustainable grain-based fermented foods and diets that deliver health benefits to consumers by design.
This will be achieved by (1) disentangling the interaction between food fermentation microbiomes, grain-based foods and the human gut microbiome and health and (2) using microbial resources and fermentation technology to develop healthy pulse and cereal-based food and diets that cater to the desires and needs of EU citizens.
Drawing from a community science approach, HealthFerm will identify micro-organisms and metabolic pathways that may result in desired nutritional and health effects. The impact of microbial fermentation on raw materials will be examined at the molecular level. Fermentation technology will be used in the production of grain-based liquid and (semi-)solid foods. The impact of these foods on human health and the gut microbiome will be assessed in a number of intervention trials. Consumer acceptance of fermented foods, their technologies and their role in the transition towards a more sustainable healthy diet will be studied in different social contexts. Finally, extensive ecosystem building and training activities will contribute to HealthFerm’s strong participatory approach.
Outcomes will allow increased use of grain-based materials in foods, contributing to an environment-friendly food system and a strong EU food industry, thus aligning with the EU Green Deal priorities and UN SDGs.

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Net EU contribution
€ 1 977 250,00
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Leuven
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (20)

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 720 525,00
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 120 152,50
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 586 750,00
Address
Heinrich-hertz-allee 1
66386 St Ingbert

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Saarland Saarland Saarpfalz-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LIBERA UNIVERSITA DI BOLZANO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 550 450,00
Address
Piazza Universita 1
39100 Bolzano

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Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen Bolzano-Bozen
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
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€ 712 540,00
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

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Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUTUL DE BIOLOGIE BUCURESTI
Romania
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€ 272 500,00
Address
Splaiul Independentei 296
060031 Bucuresti

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Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Bucureşti
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
CHR. HANSEN A/S
Denmark
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€ 203 750,00
Address
Boege Alle 10-12
2970 Hoersholm

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Danmark Hovedstaden Nordsjælland
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
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€ 694 106,00
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
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€ 609 875,00
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Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala

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Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
PURATOS NV
Belgium
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€ 294 903,75
Address
Industrialaan 25 Zone Maalbeek
1702 Groot Bijgaarden

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
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€ 0,00
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
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€ 695 182,50
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio

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Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Savo
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€ 0,00
VIB VZW
Belgium
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€ 987 750,00
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB
Sweden
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€ 822 075,00
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412 96 Goteborg

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
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€ 0,00
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
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€ 580 987,50
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku

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Manner-Suomi Etelä-Suomi Varsinais-Suomi
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE DE L INSTITUT PAUL BOCUSE
France
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€ 354 027,50
Address
Chemin Du Trouillat 8 Chateau
69131 Ecully

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Rhône
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
VALIO OY
Finland
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€ 75 000,00
Address
Meijeritie 6
00370 Helsinki

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
HEALTHGRAIN FORUM RY
Finland
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€ 90 975,00
Address
Tietotie 2
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

ICC-INTERNATIONAL ASSOCATION FOR CEREAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 41 000,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FOODCOMPANIONS BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 282 887,50
Address
Jan Van Eycklaan 2
3723BC Bilthoven

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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€ 631 257,50
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea

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Norra Sverige Övre Norrland Västerbottens län
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00