Grants

Thank you for your interest in the Foundation’s Grant Program. The Foundation proudly offers several annual research grants in an effort to stimulate innovation and discovery within the profession.  Please refer to the table below for information on the focus of each of our named research grants.

The Foundation is not currently accepting research grant proposals. Select applications will be reopened in November 2021. The Foundation’s ability to provide research grants is determined by investment activity and fundraising efforts.

When applications are made available, they will be posted within the Foundation’s online application platform, linked below. Applications must be submitted within the platform for consideration. Emailed and hard-copy versions of applications are not accepted.

Please contact Elisha Reichling, MS, RDN, LDN, Foundation Program Coordinator, at ereichling@eatright.org with questions.

2020 Recipient List
Online Application Platform
Allene Vaden Memorial Grant for Foodservice Management Research
Grant amount: $5,000
This grant is given to encourage young academics to enhance and stimulate research in foodservice management. The application is not available at this time.
Amy Joye Memorial Research Award
Grant amount: $5,000
Applicants are required to work with a mentor whose projects involve human research and focus on: Dietary assessment methodology to investigate/enhance accuracy of dietary reports*, Obesity prevention/weight control, or Fruit/vegetable gardens.

*Accuracy of dietary reports requires validation or comparison of dietary reports by study participants to actual dietary intake. Such validation does not simply compare two self-report methods by study participants because with that study design, actual dietary intake is unknown. Instead, validation requires comparison of dietary reports by study participants to a method that does not rely on another self-report method by study participants.

The application is not available at this time.
Ann A. Hertzler Memorial Research Grant
Grant amount: $15,000
2021 Topic: Proposals should address research pertaining to breastfeeding and infant feeding practices to align with the inclusion of guidelines for infants and toddlers under two years of age in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The application is not available at this time.
Colgate Palmolive Fellowship in Nutrition, Oral Health/Dental Education
Grant amount: $15,000
This grant is given to support research in nutrition and oral health or dental education by doctoral students seeking a doctorate in nutrition and oral health or dental education, Masters thesis research on nutrition and oral health/disease or RDNs with advanced degrees doing research in the area of nutrition and oral health. Non-US residents may apply. The application is not available at this time.
Diabetes (DDPG) DPG Karen Goldstein Memorial Grant for Diabetes MNT Application
Grant amount: $20,000. Available every other year.
This grant is given to provide financial support to a Diabetes DPG member for outcomes research in diabetes medical nutrition therapy. The application is not available at this time.
Herbert D. and Nylda Gemple Research Grant
Grant amount: Up to $5,000
This grant is given to encourage the development of and excellence in innovative and unique models to study the correlation of diet and nutrition in treating neurological disorders. The application is not available at this time.
Jean Hankin Nutritional Epidemiology Research Grant
Grant amount: $20,000
This grant is given to provide financial support to a doctoral student working on a dissertation in the area of nutritional epidemiology. The application is not available at this time.
Julie O’Sullivan Maillet Research Grant
Grant amount: $1,000
This grant is given for a research project that aims to demonstrate the value of dietetics professionals on the health of the public or demonstrate the evolving role of dietetics professionals in the profession. The application is not available at this time.
McCormick Science Institute Research Award
Grant amount: $5,000
This grant supports scientific endeavors including in vitro experiments, epidemiologic studies, spice and herb intake data collection, systematic reviews and/or evidence-based analysis.

The topic of focus changes every few years.

The Academy’s Council on Research’s current recommended focus is “Understanding the role of spices and health.” This could include the role of spices in modulating oxidative stress or inflammation; the role of spices in affecting dietary quality and intake in a variety of disease states (e.g., oncology, obesity, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, etc.); and/or various dietary assessment methodologies to capture quantities and types of spice consumption. Studies may be cell culture, epidemiologic analysis of existing data/secondary analysis, intake surveys/addition of spice intake data collection, systematic reviews and/or evidence analysis by the Academy.

The application is not available at this time.
Molly Kellogg Grant for Advancement in Nutrition Counseling
Grant amount: To be determined
This grant is given to advance counseling skills excellence in the dietetic profession by providing financial support to RDs and DTRs to pursue research in the nutrition counseling process. The application is not available at this time.
Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group Research Grant
Grant amount: $10,000
This grant is given for innovative research relating to vegetarian nutrition to an individual who is an RDN, DTR or Dietetic Student member of the Academy. Preference will be given to members of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. The application is not available at this time.