Competition for USA and Canada research teams to develop initiatives connecting sustainable nutrition to the health of the environment. Winning teams will receive $50,000 to carry out their projects and publicize their findings to lawmakers and the general public. Among the objectives of the competition is to foster a new generation of transdisciplinary thought leaders working together and advocating for food systems solutions that can benefit the health of the public. This initiative will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments, and planning grants.
Specific Objectives of the DINA Sustainable Food Systems Initiative :
Advance Danone’s frame of action through innovative, actionable North America-focused initiatives to promote sustainable food systems that reflect that the health and nutrition of people and the health of the planet are interconnected. Examples of focus areas include: the impact of regenerative agriculture on health behaviors; measurement and mitigation of carbon footprint in a health-focused food system such as university dining or a food bank; reducing food waste as an aspect of a public health nutrition program; closing food systems gaps that prevent equitable and sustainable access to healthy food; and promotion of sustainable, accessible and balanced dietary patterns that help improve short-term and long-term health across the lifespan.
Foster a new generation of transdisciplinary thought leaders working together and advocating for food systems solutions that can benefit the health of the public.
Amplify the understanding of the relationship between sustainable food systems and human health among key decision-makers and the public.
Forge new networks and collaborative relationships among Danone Institute North America, Danone North America, academic institutions in North America, community groups involved with food sustainability issues, health of the population, and broader food systems disciplines.
Transdisciplinary teams from the US and Canada are eligible to apply.
Each team must include a full-time or adjunct faculty member from an academic institution. The role of the academic team member may include helping with project evaluation as well as with conducting surveys, collecting process data or helping with study design. In addition, a faculty member may provide content or technical expertise for the project. The faculty member must be an active team member.
Funding cannot be used to support faculty salaries.
Indirect costs such as university overheads may not be covered.
The Proposal Period for 2023-2025 will be open until June 14th, 2023.
The Foundation anticipates awarding grants every two years. Information will be posted on the Full Grant Text RFP link in the spring of the application year.