EU Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ (JPI HDHL)

Preliminary announcement of a Joint Transnational Call on Intestinal Microbiomics

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is an active member of the JPI HDHL, a partnership of research funding agencies from across Europe and beyond which are working together to address the major societal challenge of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.

The JPI HDHL has developed a joint transnational call on Intestinal Microbiomics and has released a pre-announcement of this call.

The call will be officially launched on the 19 March 2015.

The call seeks proposals that will use innovative approaches to increase our knowledge of

  • the effects of diet on human intestinal microbiota
  • the functional impact of diet-related variations in the intestinal microbiota on human health

This action will support multidisciplinary transnational research consortia for a period of 3 years. The submission deadline for pre-proposals is expected to be on 18 April 2015.

For further details and the preliminary announcement document, please visit the call page on the JPI HDHL website.

The Impacts of Extreme Weather on EU Transport and Energy Infrastructure

  • RAIN – Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Networks for Extreme Weather Events
  • The FP7 project, RAIN, has been awarded funding by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme,
  • €4.77 million project to examine the impacts of extreme weather events on EU transport and energy infrastructure, led by Researchers from the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

CASCADE: reducing energy use by airports

  • CASCADE is a FP7 funded project aiming to reduce energy use by airports of 20% with Irish assistance with research and development.
  • HVAC systems consume 50% of all energy at airports.
  • Airports are massive energy consumers and with 500 in the 28 European member states we need to find a solution.

3 researchers in Ireland win top-up funding from EU

Ireland have performed very well in the latest competition of the European Research Council (ERC) for its top-up funding ‘Proof of Concept’ awards, with 3 out of a total of 34 going to researchers in Ireland. The 3 top level researchers are Frederic Dias, University College Dublin; John Nolan, Waterford Institute of Technology; and Debra Fern Laefer, University College Dublin.


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