Letter of intent can be submitted at any time
The Nestlé Foundation offers different award and grant categories. Sustainable improvement in human nutrition is one of the major issues in the portfolio of the Foundation. The eligibility criteria as well as the Research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the award category.
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During more than 40 years basic and applied research in nutrition has been supported by the Foundation in more than 50 developing countries.
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At present the Foundation’s work is primarily concerned with human nutrition research issues dealing with:
- maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding,
- macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances,
- interactions between infection and nutrition, and
- nutrition education and health promotion
Types of Research Grants and Support
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The Foundation offers different research grant categories, some of them using a modular approach, i.e. the Pilot Grant Program represents actually the starting module for a later Full Grant Research Application. The eligibility criteria as well as the Research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the grant category.
- Training Grant (TG): The Training Grant (TG) Program supports a small research project such as a MSc or PhD thesis project or another training endeavor. Grants– Up to 20’000 in total.
- Pilot Grant (PG) : The Pilot Grant PG) Program of the Foundation provides support for pilot research that has a high potential to lead to a subsequent full research project grant. Usually the Foundation does not support nutritional survey research. Often to be able to identify areas of problems for potential intervention one has to collect baseline data. A pilot study (pre-study or baseline study) will create the needed data for a larger research project. The PG program may assist this. The pilot-study and PG usually represent the starting point for a later full research grant application(i.e. a SRG or LRG) to the Foundation. Grants- Up to 20’000 in total.
- Small Research Grant (SRG): The Small Research Grant (SRG) provides support of a small research study. This mayeven represent a continuation of a TG or also a PG. Grants– Up to 50’000 in total.
- Large Research Grant (LRG): Full grant application of a complete research proposal according to the guidelines. Grants- Up to 100’000 per year to a maximum of 300’000 for 3 years.
- Re-Entry Grants (REG): To encourage the return and re-establishment of post-graduate students into their careers in their own countries, the Foundation will support a research program for eligible candidates. The host institution will need to guarantee a post for the returnee and ensure career development within the host institution. Contribution of support to the eligible candidate from the host institution is essential, while support and collaboration from the overseas institution where the candidate trained is helpful. Grants- Up to 50,000 in total.
Training Grants and Pilot Grants run usually over one year to 2 years. Re-Entry grants may run up to 3 years. However none of these awards are renewable.
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How to Apply
- Applications are accepted all year round.
- Interested scientists should first submit a “Letter of Intent” in which they describe very briefly the kind of project they would like to undertake, including an estimated budget.
- All submissions should be made electronically by e-mail using a MS Word File (doc).
- For a submission of a letter of intent only the downloadable form on our website should be used.
For more information, please visit Nestle Foundation Grants.
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