Nestle Foundation Pilot Grant (PG)
Grant amount: Up to US $20,000
Next anticipated deadline: Jan 10, 2019 (Full proposal)
Later anticipated deadlines: May 10, 2019 (Full proposal)
Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty Unaffiliated Researcher
Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Capital Project
Location of project: Afghanistan; Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Haiti; Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Nepal; Niger; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zimbabwe Expand all
Location of residency: Afghanistan; Benin; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Central African Republic; Chad; Comoros; Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Haiti; Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of; Liberia; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Mozambique; Nepal; Niger; Rwanda; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zimbabwe Expand allView website Save Need help writing this grant?
Note: Letters of Intent must be submitted prior to a full application. Those invited to apply must submit an application by the deadlines above. Letters of Intent can be submitted at any time.
The Nestlé Foundation initiates and supports research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification (see http://www.worldbank.org). The results of the research projects should ideally provide a basis for implementation and action which will lead to sustainable effects in the studied populations as generally applicable to the population at large. They should also enable institution strengthening and capacity building in a sustainable manner in the host country and further cooperation and collaboration between Institutions in developed and developing countries .
The Foundation expects research proposals to be primarily the initiative of local researchers from the developing countries. However the Foundation will be inclined to consider favorably those applications jointly made by scientists from developed countries with those from developing countries provided it is clear that the initiative will result in capacity building and human resource development in the latter and the bulk of the budget is spent in the developing country.
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.
The precise priorities and goals of the Foundation are modified from time to time to meet emerging public health and nutritional needs in the developing world. Studies in other areas of human nutrition research might also be considered, as long as they are dealing with problems of malnutrition in eligible countries (see above). Other areas of research may be eventually considered for support if the applicant can offer specific and convincing evidence and justification for the choice of their research topic.
Funded projects are usually of one- to three-year duration. The budget of the projects must be appropriate and reasonable and has to be justified in detail.
One of the Foundation's main aims is the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge to target countries. In cases where Foundation-sponsored research projects are realized in collaboration with scientists at universities and research institutes in high-income countries, at least 75% of the budget has to be earmarked for use within the low-income country
The major aim of these research grant awards is to provide financial assistance for innovative original research projects of nutritional and health relevance to developing countries with a good potential for long term capacity building component as well as a high impact for long term implementation. The grants provide financial support for the conduct of the study (material, biochemical analysis, reasonable equipment etc) and if needed salaries of the research staff (the latter in developing countries only).
Proposals that are viewed favorably by the Foundation are characterized by:
- Good agreement with the aims and objectives of the Foundation
- Demonstration of a competence and expertise to address the area of research as well in the research design and methodology and rationale for the study
- Bear a high component of capacity building and human resource development in the host institutions in developing countries.
- The results of the research will contribute to long term improvement of nutrition and health in a community or region as well as globally
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.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- Projects with a high potential for effective and sustainable improvement of the nutritional status as well as a high capacity building component will be funded preferentially.
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