Prevention of obesity throughout the life course


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Horizon Europe (2021-2027)

Programme Description

Horizon Europe is the European Union (EU) funding programme for the period 2021 – 2027, which targets the sectors of research and innovation. The programme’s budget is around € 95.5 billion, of which € 5.4 billion is from NextGenerationEU to stimulate recovery and strengthen the EU’s resilience in the future, and € 4.5 billion is additional aid.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Prevention of obesity throughout the life course


Increased efforts in research and innovation are critical for developing and testing the impact of tools, initiatives, interventions, strategies, programmes, policies and their implementation to prevent overweight/obesity. The use of best practices, harmonisation guidelines and/or standard operating procedures, developed at various levels (from local to national) in the EU and beyond, will be the foundation for new research.

Detailed Call Description

Proposals should aim to develop scientifically robust and transparent methodologies, building on achievements from previous research activities.

Proposals should address several of the following research bottlenecks:

  • A comprehensive understanding of biological pathways (genetic, epigenetic, molecular, microbiome, and/or neuroimmune) conferring susceptibility to and protecting against uncontrolled “weight gain”.
  • Identification of socio-economic and lifestyle factors influencing consumer behaviour and their association to overweight/obesity prevention.
  • Identification of pre-obesity biomarkers (genetic, laboratory, imaging, etc.) and their association to lifestyle and environmental interventions aiming at obesity prevention and tailored to specific target populations.
  • Mapping existing implementation research activities to prevent overweight/obesity, outcome analyses and identification of best practices.
  • Conducting a thorough meta-review of information from available scientific literature and identification of the relationship between the risk for overweight/obesity and the biology of obesity, lifestyle habits, exposures, susceptibility to co-morbidities and/or all of their combinations.
  • Developing recommendations and guidelines for what constitutes an appropriate healthy diet for different age and health groups.
  • Understanding the causal links between overweight/obesity and sedentary behaviour, quality and quantity and types of food/drinks, physical activity, and personality traits.
  • Designing a creative and engaging programme to reach the optimal balance between diets and physical activity for the prevention of overweight/obesity.
  • Analysing obesity stigma, stress and work-life balance, circadian rhythm disruption, mental health (including psychological problems), screen-time dependency, drugs and side effect of drugs, for the prevention of overweight/obesity.
  • Addressing inequality aspects of overweight/obesity at multiple levels, taking into account vulnerable groups, gender and socio-economic factors.
  • Setting up pilots to assess the effectiveness of obesity management strategies, including cost-effectiveness, and analyse the impact of inactions, taking into account co-morbidities and value-based care system.

Call Total Budget

€60,00 million

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan


Contribution per project: €10,00 million

Thematic Categories

  • Health
  • Research, Technological Development and Innovation

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Large Enterprises
  • Other Beneficiaries
  • Researchers/Research Centers/Institutions
  • Services Providers
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

  • The Joint Research Centre (JRC) may participate as member of the consortium selected for funding.
  • citizens;
  • civil society organisations (e.g. employers/employee organisations, charities), authorities (e.g. municipalities and health authorities);
  • institutions (schools, canteens, hospitals, work places, shopping malls, sport centres);
  • local producers, etc.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Research and Innovation Foundation
29a Andrea Michalakopoulou, 1075 Nicosia
P.O.Box 23422, 1683 Nicosia
Telephone: +357 22205000
Email Address:

Mr Marinos Fotiadis
Contact Phone: 22 205 048

Dr Ioannis Theodorou
Contact Phone: 22 205 038

(Publish Date: 23/11/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation