CFDR 2015 Research Grant Competition Status: CLOSED

Regular Grant Competition

CFDR’s maximum grant size is $20,000.  In addition, there is an allowance in the research project’s budget for dissemination/travel costs of up to $1,000.

Grants are awarded in the following categories:

  • Outcomes of intervention: objective measures of the effect of a nutrition intervention in all practice areas
  • New roles for Dietitians in meeting health needs of all Canadians: implementation and evaluation of novel service delivery in new environments
  • Identification of vulnerable groups and their nutritional needs: enhanced understanding of who are the nutritionally vulnerable, their nutritional needs and means to address these needs
  • Determinants of food choice: identification of factors and attitudes that influence the food choices made by consumers

NEW IN 2015:
Knowledge Translation Grant Matching Program

Thanks to the generous support of the Danone Institute of Canada (DIC), CFDR is pleased to offer a new opportunity within our grant program. Applicants with projects focused specifically on knowledge translation are eligible to have half of their grant funded by DIC, up to total combined CFDR/DIC funding of $20,000 for larger projects or $5,000 for smaller projects as per CFDR guidelines.

Further, successful grantees will have the opportunity to submit a proposal for a “grant accelerator” following the formal CFDR approval of the CFDR/DIC knowledge translation grant. These accelerators, to be funded by DIC up to $5,000 each, must be invested in relevant tactics to disseminate findings related to the CFDR/DIC-funded project (e.g., webinar creation and promotion, dissemination activities for the public, conference registration and travel costs, etc.) and will be funded at the discretion of DIC. 

In the context of this program, "knowledge translation research" is defined as:

  1. Studies focused on the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of nutrition knowledge to improve the health of Canadians; and/or
  2. Studies that directly compare knowledge translation strategies in the area of nutrition
DIC will provide total match funding up to $30,000 per year, to be divided between large and/or small projects as determined by the number of eligible submissions received and their scoring as determined by the CFDR Scientific Review Committee (SRC).

As per CFDR’s standard grant review process, the SRC is solely responsible for grant application review, assessment and approvals. DIC has neither representation on the SRC nor influence on the grants that are approved for funding.
The decisions of the SRC are final.  Applicants whose proposals are not funded have the opportunity to address feedback and resubmit in a subsequent funding cycle.
The mission of DIC is to promote to links between food, nutrition and human health, with a focus on yogurt within the context of a healthy diet. In conjunction with this mission, DIC’s mandate is to: 
  • Encourage and reward nutritional research 
  • Promote the sharing of knowledge 
  • Promote contact and links between nutritional researchers and health and education professionals and others interested in nutrition and health
  • Publicize its initiatives and disseminate scientific knowledge to the targeted publics
CFDR thanks the Danone Institute of Canada for their generous support in helping advance research in dietetics and nutrition in Canada. Their matching funds will allow CFDR to fund more qualified research each year. 

Information, Guidelines and Forms

Research Grant Program Policy   [English]
Research Reporting Requirements  [English]
Letter of Intent submission information  [English]
Proposal submission information  [English]
Dietetic Practice-Based Application Form  [English]
New Researcher Application Form    [English]
Photo Release Form      [English]
Research Reporting Form  [English]

Collaborative Research Projects

CFDR offers a Collaborative Research Program to look at specific research topics of interest to the dietetic community and to collaborative partners. One such project was completed in June 2010 in collaboration with the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport. This project examined the "state of the knowledge" in dietary sodium among consumers, health professionals, the food industry and other constituent groups. The objective of this collaborative research project was to understand perceptions and motivations that impact or relate to the reduction of dietary sodium intakes of Canadians. 

Opportunities exist for organizations in both the private and public sectors to work collaboratively with CFDR on research projects of mutual interest. Please note that CFDR does not issue grants to research organizations or not-for-profits.

Contact the Foundation's Executive Director at 416-357-3022 or at for more information about collaborative research initiatives.

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Nutrition Research in Focus

Nutrition Research in Focus (NRF) is a flagship research program of CFDR.  The program features a grant for one large-scale $50,000 project focused on a “hot” topic — one specific area of nutrition or dietetic research in which there is a current need for more information. The project will uncover results that industry, food producers, government and others will find valuable and will fill a knowledge gap for those in dietetic practice.  All CFDR constituents are given an opportunity to determine the focus area for the program.

The topic for the 2014 Nutrition Research in Focus program was "Investigating nutrition-related behaviours of baby boomers: from attitudes and knowledge to actions in health promotion and disease prevention."

Application deadline: Nutrition Research in Focus will return in 2016/17.
Download the Request for Proposals here.
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