Nestlé Foundation: Inviting Applications to support research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries according.

Donor Name: Nestlé Foundation
Fund name: Research Grants

Funding brief: The Nestlé Foundation, established in 1966 by a donation by the Nestlé Company, initiates and supports research in human nutrition with public health relevance in low-income and lower middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification ( 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.

The Foundation expects research proposals to be primarily the initiative of local researchers from the developing countries. However the Foundation will be inclined to consider favorably those applications jointly made by scientists from developed countries with those from developing countries provided it is clear that the initiative will result in capacity building and human resource development in the latter and the bulk of the budget is spent in the developing country.

Research Topics:
At present the Foundation’s work is primarily concerned with human nutrition research issues dealing with:
● 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.

The precise priorities and goals of the Foundation are modified from time to time to meet emerging public health and nutritional needs in the developing world.

Studies in other areas of human nutrition research might also be considered, as long as they are dealing with problems of malnutrition in eligible countries (see above). Other areas of research may be eventually considered for support if the applicant can offer specific and convincing evidence and justification for the choice of their research topic.

Types of Awards:
The Nestlé Foundation offers different award and grant categories, some of them using a modular approach. The eligibility criteria as well as the Research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the award category:
● Research Grants
● 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.

The Nestlé Foundation does not support individual fees for attendance and travel to scientific meetings or courses except when presenting the of results of a research grant already funded by the Nestlé Foundation. We do not consider queries for support to attend a meeting if you are not a grant holder of the Nestle Foundation. The Foundation does in general not support the organization of 4 meetings or conferences and discourages any solicitation of funds for these purposes.

Deadline: Funded projects are usually of one- to three-year duration.
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Budget limit:
Depending on the type of grant the award amount varies from up to 20’000 USD to up to 100’000 USD per year for a maximum of 3 years.

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Project duration: The usual duration for the awards varies between 1 to 3 years.

Eligible organization: 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 North-South collaboration may also be considered. For project applications demonstrating North-South collaboration, it is important that the following criteria are fulfilled: (i) the Principal Investigator is from the South and the proposal has relevance to nutritional problems of the South, and (ii) the majority of the budget is earmarked for the South, and (iii) demonstration on the completion of the project of institution and capacity building in a sustainable manner in the South.

Ethical approval:All submitted grant projects must be accompanied by the ethical approval for the study by all involved institutions. If the ethical approval is not submitted the project can not be accepted for evaluation. The ethical approval(s) have to be submitted together with the grant.
Basic Eligibility criteria and requirements:
(1) The principal investigator / applicant should come from a low income country according to the definition of the World Bank (
(2) The study or project has to be sited in a low income country. At least 75% of the suggested budget has to be used in this target country. Exceptions may be made upon special request and justification.
(3) The application has to come from a University Institute or other institution’s with a clear affiliation with a University. This means that the applicants have to work at a University Institution.
(4) The study has to have a clear capacity building component,
(5) The research project has to have a high public health relevance and potential for a sustainable implementation of the results
(6) Ideally the application comes from a low income country. Depending on the research question this is sometimes not possible and a collaboration with a University from a developed country might be needed. This is basically possible but again the major part of the study has to be done in the low income country
(7) Multiple funding sources for a project are possible but should be disclosed in detail
(8) The study duration should be limited to two to maximally 3 years till completion.

As mentioned above the application has to come from a local University or other institution with a clear affiliation with a University. Although important the Foundation does not support any humanitarian aid programs or projects or any NGO related projects.

The Foundation does not support contract type research activities between different institutions.

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Specific information for applicants:

How to apply: Interested scientists should first submit a “Letter of Intent” in which they describe very briefly the kind of project they would like to undertake, including an estimated budget. Instructions for the letter of intent are available on the Foundation website at For a submission of a letter of intent only the downloadable form on our website should be used.

If the suggested project is compatible with the Foundation’s current funding policy, applicants will receive an invitation to submit a full grant proposal. The guidelines for the submission of a full grant proposal are also available on our website. Other formats will not be accepted, neither for the letter of intent nor for the full grant applications.

In the letter of intent and in the grant application, detailed, evidence-based information about the public health relevance of the project as well as its immediate impact and sustainability have to be reported. This part of the application is as important as the scientific section of the application.

Applications are accepted all year round, and the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their proposals as early as possible to allow sufficient time for internal as well as external reviews. All submissions should be made electronically by e-mail using a MS Word File (doc). Final deadlines for submission are January 10 and May 10 for the Spring and Fall Council Meetings respectively.

Applicants may apply for all types of grants in one of the areas mentioned in the section Research Topics above. Applicants should follow the instructions described under How to Apply. Use only the downloadable form and submitting a letter of intent and also grant as a Microsoft Word File. Please do not submit as a PDF file.

Uninvited full grant proposals will be returned without reviewing.

The full grant application should not exceed 20 – to maximally 25 pages A4 (US Legal) format. The required sections for the application are already defined on the downloadable form.


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