163 applications received in the 1st call for Food4Health Expressions of Interest

The first Food4Health call was open from 29 May to 26 June.

An overwhelming 163 Expressions of Interest applications were submitted by 48 partners who are ready to start work in 2019 on the first two projects of Food4Health, a collaboration between EIT Health and EIT Food to help bring innovations for healthy eating to the market.  

Some 14 partners from EIT Food, 29 from EIT Health, and five who are partners of both networks submitted the applications to start work on the two Food4Health projects:

  • STOP MetSyn – Using Indicators to Influence Consumer Behaviour and Prevent Pre-Disease Through Food and Lifestyle-related Interventions: Metabolic syndrome (MetSyn) represents a clustering of different metabolic abnormalities, present in approximately 25% of all adults with increased prevalence in advanced ages. Having MetSyn increases the risk of developing other serious diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, but it can be controlled with food and lifestyle interventions. This project will help to develop marketable solutions to address this challenge.
  • Muscle-Cancer – Tackling Muscle Mass Loss in Cancer Patients Through Nutrition Solutions and Lifestyle Interventions: Involuntary body weight loss in cancer patients is prevalent, and evidence shows that having low or losing muscle mass has a negative impact on the prognosis and survival rate of cancer patients. This project seeks marketable solutions to promote physical or nutritional interventions that can help prevent muscle wasting.

Applications were received from 23 universities, 15 institutes/hospitals, eight companies, one city and one NGO. The evaluation of these applications was conducted by an external expert panel based on three criteria: Competence (25%), Expertise/Experience (25%) and Motivation (50%).

The top-ranked applicants for each task were placed on a shortlist and several partners from each list have been invited to join the project consortia. The Food4Health team is currently contacting these partners to confirm their participation in the projects.

Fourteen tasks involved in executing STOP MetSyn and Muscle-Cancer will begin in September 2019, and the partners who are chosen will start work on those tasks.

Food4Health will continue in 2020 and the 2nd call for Expressions of Interest for the tasks that start next year will open October 2019.

EIT Food and EIT Health Partners identify areas for cooperation at the Food4Health Workshop

Discussion revolves around plans for 2019 and focus areas for future projects

The role of nutrition in preventing disease, and in helping cancer patients maintain their health, were part of the discussion when members of the EIT Health and EIT Food communities met 15-16 May 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands to shape plans for cooperation in the new Food4Health programme. Participants learned more about two Food4Health projects that are already under development and discussed the four focus areas identified for future initiatives.

Food4Health, a collaboration between the two EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of EIT Health and EIT Food, was launched earlier this year to help bring innovations for healthy eating to the market. The Rotterdam workshop allowed 80 participants from the two KICs to learn more about each other, the Food4Health programme and how they can be involved.

The Partners discussed the two top-down projects that Food4Health has already identified for 2019:

  • Using indicators to influence consumer behaviour and prevent pre-disease through food and lifestyle-related interventions.
  • Tackling muscle loss in cancer patients through nutrition solutions and lifestyle interventions.

Partners of both EIT Health and EIT Food can participate in a call for Expressions of Interest to apply for a chance to join in these projects.

Later in the Rotterdam workshop, Partners had the chance to share ideas for potential projects within four focus areas identified for future collaboration. Based on the business case ideas that were submitted by the Partners in April, it was agreed that initial Food4Health activites should focus on:

  • nutrition for the prevention or treatment of diseases;
  • food-drug interactions;
  • gut microbiome;
  • healthy food design.


The workshop also featured presentations to inspire further cooperation in the areas of food and health. These included a lecture from EntrepreNURSE Shawna Butler on recent innovations that link food and health. She emphasised the valuable insights nurses have and encouraged everyone to involve nurses in their projects. Another interesting presentation came from Dr. Pauline Jansen from Erasmus University, who discussed “fussy” and emotional eating in children.

For more information

See the Food4Health activity page or contact Hayley Every or Yu-Mi Lee.

EIT Health and EIT Food kick off Food4Health initiative

4 March meeting to be followed by 15-16 May workshop

The Food4Health collaboration, a joint initiative between EIT Food and EIT Health, was officially launched on 4 March 2019 with a kick-off meeting at the offices of EIT Health Spain in Barcelona.

This meeting was an opportunity for the core Food4Health partners to get to know one another and to start working together as a team. The objectives and approach of the Cross-KIC collaboration were presented, followed by an interactive discussion about project ideas. The next step is to combine and elaborate these ideas into two innovation projects, to be launched this year.

The Food4Health cross-KIC collaboration was created in recognition of the relationship between nutrition and health. EIT Food and EIT Health will undertake joint activities, ensuring that the strengths and expertise of the partners of both KICs can be leveraged to make a greater impact in the area of food and health.

A joint workshop for the partners of EIT Food and EIT Health will be held on 15-16 May 2019 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. During two half-day sessions, the workshop will allow the partners from both KICs an opportunity to learn more about the Food4Health collaboration and how they can be involved.

For more information contact: hayley.every@eithealth.eu

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