Nestlé Foundation: Inviting applications for ‘grant’ for a) Training Grant (TG) to support a small research project such as a MSc or PhD thesis project or another training endeavor; b) Pilot Grant (PG) to provide support for pilot research that has a high potential to lead to a subsequent full research project grant; c) Small Research Grant (SRG) to support of a small research study; d) Large Research Grant (LRG) to do Full grant application of a complete research proposal according to the guidelines; e) Re-Entry Grants (REG) to encourage the return and re-establishment of post-graduate students into their careers in their own countries.

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.

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)

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

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. Hence, it is recommended that eligible investigators apply for other categories of awards before the completion of their projects (but with available results from earlier support) for continuing support from a full research grant to avoid any interruption of their research activities.

A previous award does not necessarily imply that a subsequent submission will be automatically accepted. All applications will be reviewed as new applications. A new application must be substantially different from one previously reviewed and have a different title in order to be accepted for review Replacement of the Principal Investigator on any of these awards is not normally permitted.

Further details see Specific information for applicants.

B. 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.

C. 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. They 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 meetings or conferences and discourages any solicitation of funds for these purposes.

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 Foundation does not normally fund:
(1) Projects with low public health relevance
(2) Projects with doubtful sustainability
(3) Projects lacking transfer of scientific, technical and educational knowledge, i.e. lacking a capacity-building component
(4) 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
(5) Nutrition surveys or surveillance studies
(6) 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
(7) In vitro and/or animal experiments.

Donor Name: Nestlé Foundation
Funding name: Training Grant (TG), Pilot Grant (PG), Small Research Grant (SRG), Research Grant (LRG), Re-Entry Grants (REG)

Deadline: January, 10th and May, 10th

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
Training Grant (TG): Up to USD 20’000 in total
Pilot Grant (PG): Up to USD 20’000 in total
Small Research Grant (SRG): Up to 50’000 in total
Large Research Grant (LRG): Up to 100’000 per year to a maximum of 300’000 for 3 years
Re-Entry Grants (REG): Up to 50,000 in total

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

Project start date: January, 10th: Mid-late May and May, 10th: Mid-late October

Project duration:
Funded projects are usually of one- to three-year duration.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
(1) The principal investigator / applicant should come from a low income country according to the definition of the World Bank (see www.worldbank.org)
(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.

Eligible Country: The principal investigator / applicant should come from a low income country according to the definition of the World Bank (see www.worldbank.org)

Submission mail: nf@nestlefoundation.org

Other important link:
● Guideline: Click to view  LOI : Click to view
Form (Proposal): Click to view
About: Click to view

How to apply: Applications should be written in English. The grant applications should be submitted in digital form, attached to an e-mail message (Word Document – do not send a “PDF” since we do produce a PDF by ourselves with additional information) to the Director of the Foundation (nf@nestlefoundation.org ). Please verfy your submission according to the checklist for submission at the end of the application form.
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 “Download application forms and reports”. 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 and forms 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.
Research grant applications are evaluated twice a year by the Foundation’s Council, a group of independent international scientists. The funding of projects is primarily based on the scientific quality, public health relevance in the short and long term, sustainability, capacity-building component and, last but not least, budget considerations.
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).
There are NO FIXED SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR LI: A Letter of intent can be submitted at any time of the year !
MSc or PhD students have to submit a letter of intent together with their thesis advisor & mentor.

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