The European Joint Doctorate in Molecular Animal Nutrition (MANNA) is a EU network whose mission is to provide a Double Doctorate level training programme, valid throughout all Europe, on innovative technologies applied to animal science and nutrition. MANNA will provide future research leaders with the capability to address the needs to improve livestock health, welfare and efficiency. The MANNA Joint Doctoral project is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The programme comprises:

18 Leading groups from universities, research institutes and companies
8 Different EU countries: United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Croatia, Slovak Republic and Belgium

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June 1st 2018


May 31st 2022

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Public Research Institutes from 8 EU Countries

Our goals

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Develop an Elite EU School to train Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in OMIC technologies applied to animal science and nutrition.

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Evaluate the influence of innovative feed additives on animal production

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Deliver double doctoral (PhD) degrees to develop a generation of internationally equipped scientists for the global workplace

We will achieve these objectives by co-supervising 11 Early Stage Researcher (ESR),each with two Beneficiary Universities and a non-academic participant.

They will work on integrated innovative research projects, designed to investigate the effects of anti-oxidants, microRNA, exosomes, methionine, lipids and plant derived anti-inflammatory agents in livestock diets on growth, intestinal health and systemic metabolism. This will be assessed by integrating transcriptomic, microbiomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches in both in vivo and in vitro models.

The results will be processed using informatics platforms to build analytic systems based on IBM-Watson cognitive computing.

We will offer a rich Secondment programme involving industry and non-academic research institutes, whose specialised fields of activity include animal nutrition, veterinary diagnostic and clinical research, bioinformatics and professional communication in the agro-food sector.

All academic and non-academic partners will contribute to ESR training events in fundamental aspects of animal science and advanced ‘omics’ technology involving lectures and training sessions in Summer Schools and workshops that will reinforce the graduate programmes of each University.