CFDR 2016 Research Grant Competition staus: OPEN

Key Dates:

July 15, 2016 Competition is open 
See submission instructions and forms below
September 15, 2016 Deadline for submitting Letters of Intent
March 1, 2017 Deadline for submitting Proposals



Regular Grant Competition

CFDR’s maximum grant size is $20,000.  This includes 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

Knowledge Translation Grant Matching Program

Thanks to the generous support of the Danone Institute of Canada (DIC), CFDR offered a new opportunity within our grant program in 2015. Applicants with projects focused specifically on knowledge translation were 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 had the opportunity to submit a proposal for a “grant accelerator” following the formal CFDR approval of the CFDR/DIC knowledge translation grant. These accelerators, funded by DIC up to $5,000 each, are to 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 are funded at the discretion of DIC. 

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

  • Studies focused on the synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically sound application of nutrition knowledge to improve the health of Canadians; and/or
  • Studies that directly compare knowledge translation strategies in the area of nutrition
DIC provided almost $29,000 in match funding, supporting three grants.
Click here for details on the successful projects. 

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

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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