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Young Investigator Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Fellows
and Students for Preliminary Research in Egg Nutrition

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) and American Egg Board

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA, Canada, and international post-doctoral fellows and students for research related to the role of eggs and egg nutrition in healthy diets. Funding is intended to support the development of preliminary results which may increase the scope of current studies or support future research. Examples of eligible projects include pre-clinical data, secondary data analysis from clinical trials, proof-of-concept studies, and development of research methodology. Funding can be used for research supplies, and travel to present at a national meeting.

The 2019 request for proposals targets research that can help advance understanding in emerging scientific topics regarding the role of eggs and egg-related nutrients within healthy diet patterns. The funding source is interested in both observational cohorts or clinical interventions where appropriate and is especially interested in proposals that aim to investigate potential differences across ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age groups, or other relevant subgroups that address the following questions:

-What is the role of eggs in the diet for young children up to 24 months of age? For example, how do eggs or components of eggs impact diet quality, neurocognitive development, or risk for allergy?
-What are the effects of eggs within predominantly plant-based eating patterns? Some evidence has suggested eggs may be a complement to fruits and vegetables due to enhancement of nutrient bioavailability. We are interested in exploring this area further and other effects of eggs within plant-based eating patterns.
-Does the unique nutrient package of eggs (including lipids, phospholipids, protein, vitamins, minerals, and bioactives) contribute to health and prevention of chronic disease across the lifespan?

All projects must adhere to strict research integrity principles and abide by the core values of objectivity, accountability, and transparency. For more information please see the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183152

Number of Grants:

Approximately 15 full proposals are requested from the pool of LOIs. From these applications, approximately 50% are funded in part or in full.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of up to $20,000 (inclusive of 10% indirect costs).

Term of Contract:

Awards will be issued in the form of a one-year stipend.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These awards are to assist students and post-doctoral fellows in producing preliminary research results that will support future studies or enhance the scope of current research projects beyond funding limits.

ENC accepts LOIs from investigators outside of the United States.

Please note that that ENC allows indirect costs of no more than 10%.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent should be submitted by April 2, 2019 through this website. Selected applicants will be notified the week of April 8th, and will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Applicants should submit a LOI in response to the annual RFP and indicate on the LOI that it is for a Young Investigator Award while also providing the name of the major advisor or Principal Investigator that will be supervising the project.

ENC strives to notify investigators of research awards by the end of the second quarter of the calendar year. Based on prior years, final contracts are typically executed by the end of the third quarter, with first payments distributed late during that calendar year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Download and submit the Letter of Intent at the URL for Full Text (RFP) below.

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.