The STOP Consortium, in collaboration with EIT Health and EIT Food, will launch a call for industry-led projects aimed at developing innovations that have the potential to curb childhood obesity in Europe, either by making critical improvements in the food environments faced by children and their families, or by increasing children’s fitness and physical activity. The call will be launched by the end of April 2019.
As part of this call, the STOP Consortium will make available €600,000 to fund up to four projects aimed at developing innovations at technology readiness level 4 or 5. In addition to the funding, successful applicants will benefit from in-kind support and opportunities provided by members of the STOP Consortium and wider partnership, to help them succeed in their projects, including the following:
- Access to scientific support in a wide range of disciplines potentially available from STOP research partners, including, but not limited to, nutrition and food sciences, biomarkers, behavioural sciences, physical and health education, marketing, statistics and econometrics.
- Access to the EIT Health and EIT Food accelerator ecosystems, providing the support, skills and services that companies need to get their ideas off the ground and into the market. This includes access to living labs/ test beds, market coaches, and investment advice, where appropriate.
Projects will have a duration of up to 18 months, typically with one year devoted to the development of the innovative solution and the remainder of the time to a lab-based or real-setting pilot evaluation of its effectiveness based on measurable and relevant indicators. Solutions must have the potential to be scaled up and adopted widely. The STOP consortium will evaluate independently the solutions proposed after the projects are completed.
The STOP project will bring together a range of key health and food sector actors to generate scientifically sound and policy-relevant evidence on the factors that have contributed to the spread of childhood obesity in European countries and on the effects of alternative policy options available to address the problem. This evidence will complement, systematise and partly reframe the findings of an established body of prior research by leveraging the latest scientific findings.
*This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 774548.