• The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research Fund at the New York Academy of Sciences

  • With support from The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science provides direct funding to stimulate research in important gap areas, through grants and an annual competitive award. 2016 Grant Cycle Now Open! See below for information.

  • The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research Grant

    Call for Proposals 2016

    Submission deadline: September 30, 2016, 11:59 PM ET

    This year's grants will be awarded to early career investigators (scientists who completed their PhD within the last five years) for research projects at the interface of Digital Health and Nutrition Science.

    Topics of Interest

    The Sackler Institute 2016 Small Grant program will focus on research that explores the potential of emerging digital technologies in supporting evidence-based nutrition interventions for the benefit of public health. Digital technologies include, but are not limited to: web-based and smartphone/tablet-based applications; use of Electronic Health Record and 'Big Data'; wearable devices and other sensors that collect, analyze and summarize individual information including nutrition data for clients, health providers and public health departments. Nutrition interventions of interest may include, but are not limited to: nutrition education; nutrition practices and their determinants; behavior change; the monitoring of dietary intake, nutritional status, household food access, food availability and food choices; and other indicators associated with nutrition-related diseases (e.g. metabolic syndrome or other chronic conditions). The purported use of the research project may include the prevention, management and/or treatment of nutrition-related issues.

    Grant applications may explore innovations, pilot tools, or critically examine recent technologies. Importantly, grantee must evaluate the potential of the project to have an impact on public health and examine implications in terms of the socio-economic divide that may prevent access and use of new technologies among disadvantaged population groups with low health literacy.

    Methodologies and Approaches

    The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science will consider diverse methodological approaches. Selected methods must adequately address a research question connected to the topic of interest described above, and may include:

    • Secondary Analysis of data
    • Qualitative studies
    • Clinical studies, health systems studies, case control studies
    • Behavioral Research methodologies

    Research can be either a stand-alone project or a co-funded or add-on project. The Sackler Institute encourages use of this grant for a pilot study or seed funding.

    Criteria considered in evaluating applications

    • Relevance of the research question to the outlined topic of interest
    • Strength of the connection between digital technology and nutrition science
    • Consistency between the proposed cost and the requested award
    • Co-funded research projects should have specific deliverables attached to this award
    • Measurable outcomes
    • Potential/plans to inform a larger grant or research project


    • Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016, 11:59 PM ET
    • Final decisions on applications will be announced in late December 2016
    • The start date of the research (when expenses are eligible) must be between February 1 to June 30, 2017.
    • The set of activities must be completed within an 18 months period, from the signing of the award.

    Eligibility requirements

    • Affiliation to a non-profit research institution or a non-profit implementing agency with a track record of successfully conducting and disseminating scholarly research
    • Demonstration of capacity to conduct the proposed research and produce the outcomes in a timely manner.
    • The Principal Investigator will have completed their PhD within the last five years at the time of submission (i.e. PhD awarded between September 2011 and September 2016). There can be other investigators, but no co-PI for that grant.

    Budget and eligible costs

    • The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science awards a maximum of 10% administrative fee to be included in the total budget.
    • A total of three prizes to a maximum budget of $50,000 USD (inclusive of the overhead) for each prize will be awarded.

    Online Form: Click here to submit

    • Title
    • Brief biography of lead researcher (50 words)
    • Evidence of institutional and individual capacity to conduct the proposed research and deliver in a timely manner (50 words)
    • Explanation of if/how results of this research may inform a larger grant or research project (50 words)

    Maximum 3-page WORD DOCUMENT attachment

    • Objective of the research: hypothesis being tested
    • Relevance of the research project
    • Proposed methodology
    • Ethical considerations and ethical approval mechanism
    • Timeframe
    • When applicable: funding already secured and what would be achieved with extra resources
    • Budget detailed by key line items
    • Maximum of 5 bibliographical references
    • Please do not include identifying information (name, institution) anywhere in the document, for the purpose of anonymity

    Your application should be submitted online, at this link — late submissions will not be considered.

    Please note that we will not be in a position to address individual inquiries. Updates and information will be provided through the website.