The European Partnership Fostering a European Research Area for Health (ERA4Health) aims to flexibly and effectively coordinate funding activities in the field of health and greater well-being in the European Research Area. The partnership supports transnational collaborative research in Europe through joint strategic planning to address priority fields of public health in Europe. The third call “Modulation of brain aging through nutrition and healthy lifestyle – NutriBrain” will be open until January 15, 2024 for pre-proposals and May 27, 2024 for full proposals.

Target group

The funding program is aimed at researchers working in the field of biomedical research at universities, non-academic research institutions, and research departments in related sectors.

Funding goals

The ERA4Health European Partnership has several objectives: Expanding biomedical and public health research, including clinical and intervention areas, generating new knowledge to improve the use of existing health technologies in practice, and building further capacity in medicine and clinical trials at the European level. The ultimate goal is to facilitate research projects and innovations that will improve both the health of the European population as well as healthcare delivery.

Funding period and funding amount

The maximum funding period is 36 months.


The requirements and specifications for the FWF program Principal Investigator Projects apply.

Information on the current call “Modulation of brain aging through nutrition and healthy lifestyle – NutriBrain”

The aim of the call is to support transnational research projects (duration: three years) that focus on the improvement of cognitive brain aging through nutrition and other lifestyle factors. Research projects should gain further insights into the modulation of brain aging through lifestyle factors and/or pilot test interventions based on the existing evidence in the literature, or build on existing pilot interventions. At least one of the following lifestyle factors should be investigated:

  • Nutrition (particularly improvements in dietary patterns)
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep patterns (quantity, quality, and timing)
  • Social interaction and stress

The aim is to facilitate new cross-border collaborations. Each application must be supported by a minimum of three and a maximum of five partners from at least three different participating partner countries, whereby a joint document must be submitted to the central Call Secretariat by the coordinator. Evaluation criteria include scientific excellence and socio-political relevance (including the involvement of interest groups).

The researchers are funded by their respective national/regional funding organization.

Funding organizations from the following 21 countries are planning to join this call: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and Türkiye.

Please see the NutriBrain website for a complete list of potential participating countries.


Decided by the Scientific Board based on a recommendation of the Call Secretariat.

Application information

Applications are submitted online using the Call Secretariat’s system. Please see the NutriBrain website for a link to the application submission system.

There will be a two-step submission and evaluation procedure.

Deadline for pre-proposal submission: January 15, 2024, 4:00 pm CET

Deadline for full proposal submission: May 27, 2024, 4:00 pm CET

Funding decision: estimated December 2024

In addition to the application submitted to the Call Secretariat, administrative and financial data as well as academic abstracts (in accordance with the FWF guidelines for Principal Investigator Projects) must also be submitted to the FWF using the online portal elane. In the pre-proposal stage, proposals are submitted under the program category “PIK – International Projects – pre-proposal” (deadline January 16, 2024, 2:00 pm Vienna local time). For the full proposal stage, applicants must choose the program category “PIN – International Projects” (Deadline May 28, 2024, 2:00 pm Vienna local time). Both steps are mandatory.

Funding institution

Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

Further information

  • The application procedure has been changed from ad personam funding to institutional funding (PROFI). Please note that in PROFI mode, the application must be approved for submission by the research institution. For this purpose, the research institution must be registered on the FWF’s research institution portal.
  • Please see NutriBrain for further details.
  • For specific questions related to the budget, criteria, and rules of your funding organization, please consult your funding organization directly. Contacts and details of the national and regional regulations of the individual funding organizations can be found in the call text on the NutriBrain website.

Please note:

Pre-proposals from November 8, 2023 to January 15, 2024

Full proposals from March 4 to May 27, 2024


Currently no submissions

Inquiries and contact

Dr. Markus Kubicek
+43 676 83487 8202

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