Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Funds:
The Nestlé Foundation is accepting applications for its Research Grants program to initiate and support research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
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.
- Research Grants: The Foundation offers different research grant categories:
- Training Grant
- Pilot Grant
- Full Grant (small / large)
- Institutional Support: Institutional support involves the support of research or educational projects in specific institutions in low- or lower-middle income countries which contribute to a focused development of capacity and know-how and human resource development in the corresponding institution.
- enLINK Research grant program: The enLINK research grant program represents research projects initiated by the Nestlé Foundation. External researchers or institutions are invited by the Foundation to submit a research proposal in a specific area. All applications, including those of the enLINK research grant program will undergo internal and external reviewing.
- 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.
- Eligible institutions are departments or institutes from universities, hospitals other institutions of higher education in low- or lower middle-income countries.
- Joint applications from more than once institution (especially South-South) are welcomed. Joint applications from more than one institution involving a NorthSouth collaboration may also be considered.
- For project applications demonstrating North-South collaboration, it is important that the following criteria are fulfilled:
- the Principal Investigator is from the South and the proposal has relevance to nutritional problems of the South, and
- the majority of the budget is earmarked for the South, and
- demonstration on the completion of the project of institution and capacity building in a sustainable manner in the South.
- The capacity building component represents a core issue for all applications to the Foundation. This means that in every application needs to demonstrate a training and human resource and capacity building component for the developing world. Ideally graduate students or young investigators should play a key role and if need be designated as the Principal Investigator (PI) i.e. be the primary grant applicant or Co-PI. Established researchers can nevertheless apply but need to clearly indicate the capacity building component and the designated beneficiaries.
- Established investigators alone are not usually eligible to apply for a grant, except when they address innovative and exceptionally well justified research questions in developing countries. Such applications need to clearly state the capacity and human resource building components in the host country as well as the long term sustainability of research in the host institution. Applications from individuals who are non-affiliated researchers and not attached to research or academic institutions can be considered only in very special cases.