The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is dedicated to advancing nutrition science research and knowledge and applying our work in the field to mobilize communities. Taking a collective action approach, our initiatives address micronutrient deficiencies, obesity, adolescent nutrition in low income areas, the use of electronic health records for public health, and many more issues.

Our mission

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science develops and advances science-based solutions to pressing challenges in the field of nutrition by:

  • Convening and coordinating with experts across basic and applied biomedical research fields impacted by nutrition
  • Developing roadmaps to guide global implementation of evidence-based solutions
  • Supporting research aligned with our mission
  • Supporting uptake of new knowledge and evidence to effect domestic and international policy change

In support of our mission we provide:

  • A Forum to Convene, Debate, Analyze and Build Roadmaps
    We facilitate debate and analysis across sectors and disciplines to drive nutrition research and champion evidence-based changes in nutrition policy and practice.
  • Direct Grant Support
    Guided by A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science (2013), we provide grant support for research that fills knowledge and evidence gaps and advocates for evidence-based changes in policy and practice. Learn more about the Sackler Institute's Research Fund.
  • A Neutral Environment
    The principles of neutrality and independence are central to the modus operandi of the Sackler Institute and the Academy. These principles have special meaning in the nutrition field due to a long history of disparate views on best practices in the areas of food production and consumption.
  • Networking Opportunities
    In a survey of more than 200 Sackler Institute event attendees, 90% of respondents indicated they plan to attend future events, and nearly 70% made new professional contacts during the event. Many respondents provided examples of concrete collaborations initiated directly following their participation, such as developing a joint proposal, co-authoring a publication, generating new business, and receiving invitations to speak.

Work with us

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science offers numerous options for organizations and individuals who wish to get involved, including partnerships, special projects, working group participation and conference sponsorships. Learn more… 

Stay Connected

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Our Board Committee

Barbara Burlingame, PhD
Professor of Public Health and Nutrition, Massey University

Antonio Convit, MD
Deputy Director, The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

Elaine Fuchs, PhD
Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, The Rockefeller University; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Brooke Grindlinger, PhD
Executive Director, Scientific Programs, The New York Academy of Sciences

Nabeeha Kazi-Hutchins, MIA, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Humanitas Global

Bruce McEwen, PhD
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, The Rockefeller University

Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD
Professor, Yale University

Ellis Rubinstein
President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Academy of Sciences

Kathe A. Sackler, MD
Founder and President, The Acorn Foundation for the Arts & Sciences

Mortimer D.A. Sackler
Member of the Board, Purdue Pharma

Josette Sheeran
President, Asia Society

Emorn Udomkesmalee, PhD
Senior Advisor, Mahidol University

Jan Weststrate, PhD
Senior Vice President, Global Functions, Governance and Compliance, PepsiCo

TC Westcott
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The New York Academy of Sciences

Michael Zigman
Founder, i2 Learning

Our Supporters

Programs of the Sackler Institute are supported by the Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation. In addition, grants and collaborations enable us to expand our activities, benefiting an extensive network of scientists and elevating the role of nutrition science in public health.


2016-2017 Co-Presenting Partners

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
The Nestlé Nutrition Institute
The Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Inc.


2016-2017 Conference and Workshop Sponsors

The Abbott Nutrition Health Institute
Bezos Family Foundation
David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 


2016-2017 Research Fund Supporters

Friesland Campina


Founding Supporters

The Sackler Institute was launched in 2010 with financial support from these organizations.

Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation
Abbott Nutrition
The Coca Cola Company, Inc.
The IDP Foundation
Johnson and Johnson
The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition
Mexico City

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

Our initiatives focus on generating and using scientific evidence to drive collective action in nutrition and public health. 

Nutrition through the lifecycle

From infants deprived of essential micronutrients to elderly adults with deteriorating cognitive skills, nutrition has a tremendous impact on health and well-being, and nutrition strategies must evolve to meet changing needs over time. Click on the links below to learn more about our initiatives to address nutrition needs throughout the life cycle.

Early Childhood

Diet quality and the environment

Achieving optimal nutrition for all will require tremendous transformation of the world’s food systems. We work across sectors to facilitate the development and dissemination of evidence to guide actions and policies from farm to fork locally and globally. Click on the links below to learn more about our cross-sectoral initiatives.

Micronutrient deficiencies
Food environment

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

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.

Current Request for Proposal:

Our RFP is currently closed. To stay informed about new opportunities, log in to the Dashboard and select “Nutrition Science” as a topic of interest.

Projects we fund

Projects selected for funding will support understudied topics where multi-disciplinary approaches are needed, with a focus on implementation science. Adolescent Nutrition is a key area of current and future funding, and other areas are solicited through RFP. We occasionally consider unsolicited proposals that are solidly linked to our areas of interest and focus on implementation. To submit your proposal, email a one-page concept note to

What we’ve been up to lately

The Sackler Institute team recently convened a workshop in London on Sustainable Nutrition and supported the launch of of the new Lancet Series on Early Child Development in Mexico. We also participated in a meeting of the Collaborative Group on Adolescent Pregnancy and Obesity and hosted our first workshops on Vitamin D and Thiamine. And finally, we collaborated with the Micronutrient Forum to host a workshop on evidence-based tools for decision-making in nutrition programs.

Recent publications include:

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2016

Or download as a PDF

Read The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Annual Reports for 2014 and for 2015.