The aim of the call is to support transnational research projects that focus on the improvement of cognitive brain ageing through nutrition and other lifestyle factors. Thereby it enables scientists from different countries to build a valuable collaboration on interdisciplinary research projects based on complementarities and sharing of expertise in the field of brain ageing, its related disorders, nutrition and lifestyle factors.
Research projects should gain further insights into the modulation of brain aging by lifestyle factors and/or pilot test interventions based on the existing evidence in the literature or upscale existing pilot interventions that will help to lower the risk of cognitive impairment manifestations related to a pathological brain ageing.
At least one of the following lifestyle factors should be investigated: nutrition (particularly improvements in dietary pattern), physical activity, sleep pattern (quantity, quality and timing), social interaction and stress. Researchers should provide a public health approach for health promotion and disease prevention considering large population groups such as age cohorts or relevant subgroups.
Proposals shall include one of the following approaches, such as:
- Pilot test interventions that will help to lower the risk of cognitive impairment manifestations related to pathological brain ageing
- Upscaling of existing pilot interventions that will help to lower the risk of cognitive impairment manifestations related to pathological brain ageing
Proposals may be supplemented by one of the following approaches, such as:
- Mechanistic/experimental research focusing on how specific lifestyle factors influence brain ageing
- Translational research that will establish proof of concept, in order to support the development of effective health-improvement strategies and/or solutions to promote a healthy brain.
Deadline for the submission of Pre-proposals: 15 January 2024 (16:00 CET)
Deadline for the submission of invited Full-proposals: 27 May 2024 (16:00 CET)