Nestle Foundation: Inviting applications for Research Grants and Support.

Funding brief: The Nestlé Foundation offers different award and grant categories, some of them using a modular approach, i.e. the Pilot Grant Program represents the starting grant module for a later Full Grant Research application. The eligibility criteria as well as the Research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the award category (for further details see section “Specific information for applications”):

Research Grants: The Foundation offers different research grant categories, some of them using a modular approach, i.e. the Pilot Grant Program represents actually the starting module for a later Full Grant Research Application. The eligibility criteria as well as the Research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the grant category.
● Training Grant
● Pilot Grant
● Full Grant (small / large)

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 micro-nutrient deficiencies and imbalances,
● Interactions between infection and nutrition, and
● Nutrition education and health promotion.

Donor Name: Nestle Foundation
Funding name: Research Grants and Support

Deadline: January 10th, May 10th

Funding details link:

Funding limit:

Grant type Description Budget cadre(in USD)
Training Grant (TG) The Training Grant (TG) Program supports a small research project such as a MSc or PhD thesis project or another training endeavor. Up to 20’000 in total
Pilot Grant (PG) The Pilot Grant PG) Program of the Foundation provides support for pilot research that has a high potential to lead to a subsequent full research project grant. Usually the Foundation does not support nutritional survey research. Often to be able to identify areas of problems for potential intervention one has to collect baseline data. A pilot study (pre-study or baseline study) will create the needed data for a larger research project. The PG program may assist this. The pilot-study and PG usually represent the starting point for a later full research grant application(i.e. a SRG or LRG) to the Foundation. Up to 20’000 in total
Small Research Grant (SRG) The Small Research Grant (SRG) provides support of a small research study. This mayeven represent a continuation of a TG or also a PG. Up to 50’000 in total
Large Research Grant (LRG) Full grant application of a complete research proposal according to the guidelines. Up to 100’000 per year to a maximum of 300’000 for 3 years
Re-Entry Grants (REG) To encourage the return and re-establishment of post-graduate students into their careers in their own countries, the Foundation will support a research program for eligible candidates. The host institution will need to guarantee a post for the returnee and ensure career development within the host institution. Contribution of support to the eligible candidate from the host institution is essential, while support and collaboration from the overseas institution where the candidate trained is helpful. Up to 50,000 in total

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Training Grants and Pilot Grants run usually over one year to 2 years. Re-Entry grants may run up to 3 years. However none of these awards are renewable.

Eligible organization: As below

● 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.

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.

● The principal investigator / applicant should come from a low income country according to the definition of the World Bank (see
● 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.
● 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.
● The study has to have a clear capacity building component,
● The research project has to have a high public health relevance and potential for a sustainable implementation of the results
● 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
● Multiple funding sources for a project are possible but should be disclosed in detail
● 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.

The Foundation does not normally fund:
● Projects with low public health relevance
● Projects with doubtful sustainability
● Projects lacking transfer of scientific, technical and educational knowledge, i.e. lacking a capacity-building component
● Large budget projects i.e. – projects that exceed US$100,000 per year or US$ 300,000 over the total duration of a 3 year project
● Nutrition surveys or surveillance studies
● Research on food policy, food production and food technology except when linked to an intervention with high potential for sustainable improvement of the nutritional status
● In vitro and/or animal experiments.

Eligible Country: The Nestlé Foundation 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 (see

Submission mail:

Other important link:
● Forms:

How to apply: Letters of intent can be submitted at any time of the year by e-mail to the Foundation (

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