Era4health call for transnational research proposals – healthequity!

The Partnership “Fostering a European Research Area for Health” (ERA4Health) aims at establishing a flexible and effective coordination between funding organisations in the European Research Area (ERA) for Health and Well-being.

Under this umbrella, the ERA4Health Call for transnational research proposals “Increasing health equity through promoting healthy diets and physical activity (HealthEquity)” will be launched soon.

The aim of this call is to develop novel strategies and targeted approaches to identify, understand, and modify determinants and mechanisms of diet-related behaviour and physical activity as well as sedentary behaviour, which have the potential to break through the cycles maintaining unhealthy behaviours and lifestyles and to reduce health inequalities.

Research should be targeted at socio-economically disadvantaged groups and their setting, including the family, social, cultural, and local background, as well as digital influences. The applicants need to clearly define and justify their selection of target group(s). In addition, the strategy how these target groups will be reached needs to be innovative and outlined in detail.

Proposals should comprise holistic and multi-disciplinary research, that must include several approaches tackling different aspects, such as:

  • Mapping the current situation of the vulnerable groups with respect to food and built environment for physical activity;
  • Developing and testing innovative interventions/ targeted strategies, that
    • may target the food environment and/or the built environment for physical activity and/or
    • may address illiteracy by increasing knowledge with respect to food, lifestyle and adequate use of digital media and/or
    • may be focussed on different settings, including but not limited to day-care, schools, workspace, retirement homes, neighbourhood, and/or
    • may use a life course approach.
  • Evaluating existing interventions, e.g. to identify barriers in the implementation;
  • Assessing the efficiency of policies and fiscal approaches (e.g. taxes and subsidies) that were implemented to enhance healthy diets and physical activity;
  • Expanding the theoretical basis on the systemic barriers to change, e.g. political, economic and/or cultural barriers to increase the effect of interventions.

The research results should have a clear potential to be translated into policy recommendations or actions. Beyond that, proposal should take into account the Involvement of citizens/stakeholders.

Timeline and eligibility criteria:

  • 13.01.2023 – Call opening
  • 14.03.2023 – full-proposal submission
  • BMBF funding
  • Funding for transnational joint projects with three partners from at least three participating countries
  • max of five partners per proposal (six to seven under certain conditions)

Participating countries:

Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey.

Source: Technische Universität Dresden


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