CFDR 2019 Research Grant Competition status: CLOSED

July 16, 2018 Competition opens 
See the grant policy, submission instructions and forms in the links below
September 17, 2018 Deadline for Letters of Intent submissions
via email to
March 1, 2019 Deadline for invited Proposals submissions
via email to




Regular Grant Competition

The maximum amount of a CFDR grant is $20,000. This includes an allowance in the research project 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.

Information, Guidelines and Forms

  • Applications will only be considered from a principal investigator or co-principal investigator who is a member of the dietetic profession, as identified by membership in a Canadian dietetics regulatory body AND who is also a member of Dietitians of Canada. The member must be delivering direct or indirect client/patient/public care or service. If funding is approved, memberships must be renewed for the entire period of the research. 
  • Applicants must be affiliated with institutions or organizations that will act as Sponsors on behalf of the grant applications. Sponsors must be registered with Revenue Canada as conducting charitable activities. Health agencies including universities, hospitals, provincial and municipal government departments and public health units, community groups or associations and non-profit organizations are eligible. Grants will not be awarded to individuals, nor to organizations not recognized as charitable under the Federal Income Tax Act.
  • Applicants must not have current or outstanding CFDR funded projects and reports at the time the grant funding is released from CFDR.
Letter of Intent Submission Guide [English]  
CFDR Research Grant Program Policy   [English]  
Proposal Submission Guide [English]  
Application Form (NA for LOI stage) [English]  
Photo and Audio Release Form (NA for LOI stage) [English] [French]
Grant Reporting Guide [English] [French]
Grant 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 at for more information about collaborative research initiatives.
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