The draft versions of the Horizon 2020 work programmes were recently published. Although the Commission has not yet endorsed these, they do offer future applicants a good overview of the research priorities for the following years. Within Societal Challenge 1 (Health, demographic change and well-being), there is a strong focus on population ageing, lifestyle patterns and e-health. Research topics that may be of relevance to EASL members include, but are not limited to, the following: personalized medicine, new therapies for chronic or rare diseases, clinical research on regenerative medicine and comparative effectiveness studies of existing (preventative and therapeutic) health care interventions for diseases with high socio-economic impact.
The provisional work programme for Societal Challenge 2 (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) also contains research priorities that may broadly appeal to hepatologists. Specifically, the call relating to sustainable food security includes a sub-area on healthy and safe foods and diets for all. The latter, amongst others, focuses on the childhood obesity epidemic and the health, obesity and safety aspects of sweeteners and sweetness enhancers.
For a full overview of all draft work programmes, please consult this link
Publication of the official, adopted work programmes is scheduled for mid-October 2015.