CFDR 2023 Research Grant Competition status: Closed

September TBD 2022
The competition will open concurrently with the DC Conference)
Competition opens 
Grant policy, submission instructions and forms will be updated in the links below
TBD Deadline for Letters of Intent submissions
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TBD Deadline for invited Proposals submissions
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Regular Grant Competition

Priority research directions for the 2022 CFDR grants have been identified and are outlined in the five category descriptions below.  CFDR is seeking a diversity of skills, knowledge, background, and viewpoints. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, racialized persons and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. Preferences will be given to project submissions that reflect a collaborative approach to research.

1. Practice-based challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Submissions of proposals addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on practice-based research are invited.  Areas of research could include, but are not limited to, the impact (past, current, and future), needs and opportunities associated with nutrition-related health conditions, nutritional care and support, dietetic practices and services, food security, food equity, vulnerable and at-risk populations.  Research findings from this new initiative should be timely, innovative and have clear linkages to dietetic practice in the new COVID-19 world.
2. Outcomes of intervention: objective measures of the effect of a nutrition intervention in all practice areas.
Objective measures of the effect(s) of a nutrition intervention are important to all practice areas. For example, clinical research may include evaluation of feeding methods, special diets, or education/counseling approaches on such outcomes as nutrient intake, biochemical, anthropometric or functional measures of health. Community research may include the evaluation of policies, programs, practices, and tools to improve knowledge, attitudes, access, equity and/or behaviour as well as the development of indicators of community health status and health promotion indicators of change. Food service systems and health services research may look at the evaluation of services delivered. There is also a need to develop and validate outcome measures/indicators for future intervention studies.
3. Expanding roles for dietitians in meeting health needs of all people living in Canada: education, training, implementation, and evaluation of novel service delivery.
Social, economic, and technological changes offer new opportunities to meet health needs. New roles emerge with novel services, in new environments, in new management structures, with non-traditional partners and with innovative resource development. Evaluation of new models and approaches may lead to improved access, security, cost-effectiveness, and satisfaction of nutrition services. There is also a need to understand existing and emerging professional practice issues through examining current education theory and practices and to create new knowledge. Focus areas relevant to practice include practicum training, integration of technology and systems, health human resources, social justice and outcomes measures and evaluation.  Research on new roles for dietitians may also include diversity in the profession and working with diverse clients.
4. Identification, assessment, and risk reduction strategies for groups at risk of nutritional vulnerability.  
Nutritional vulnerability may arise for social, economic, cultural, or biological reasons that impair utilization of nutrients or limit access to nutritionally adequate food and nutrition services. An improved understanding of individuals at risk of nutritional vulnerability, their nutritional needs and identifying and adopting best practices are needed to address these issues in an equitable manner. Research focusing on underrepresented groups, such as Indigenous populations and racialized communities, are strongly encouraged.
5. Determinants of food choice: identification of factors and attitudes that influence the food choices made by consumers.
Choices regarding food are complex and are influenced by many factors including culture, geography, age, gender, lifestyle, income, education, belief, practice, and availability. Research would provide a further understanding of these factors and would positively influence the design and delivery of a wide range of nutrition services and products for specific consumer groups.

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.

Please see the Research Grant Program Policy document in the link below for more detail for each of these categories.

Information, Guidelines and Forms Eligibility

  • Applications will only be considered from a principal investigator or co-principal investigator who is a member of the dietetics 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, or to organizations not recognized as charitable under the Federal Income Tax Act.
  • Grants must be held at the institution of either the principal investigator or the co-principal investigator. 
  • Applicants must not have current or outstanding CFDR funded projects and/or reports at the time the grant funding is released from CFDR.
Can students apply for CFDR funding? 
  • Yes, provided funding conditions are met. These include that a Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator of the proposal is a member of Dietitians of Canada and Registered Dietitian. (ie a member of their respective regulatory body) AND that they are affiliated with an organization that will sponsor the applicant (e.g., university, health authority). 
All required guides and forms are now available below:
Research Grant Program Policy Click here
Letter of Intent Submission (LOI) Guide  Click here
Proposal Submission Guide Click here
Application Form (n/a for LOI stage) Click here
Photo and Audio Release Form Click here
Grant Reporting Guide Click here
Grant Reporting Form  Click here

Collaborative Research Projects

CFDR offers a Collaborative Research Program and a Nutrition Research in Focus (NRF) program to look at specific research topics of interest to the dietetic community and to collaborative partners. An NRF grant to Dr. Christina Lengyel PhD RD (University of Manitoba examined body image perceptions, weight attitudes and eating behaviours of baby boomer women (born between 1946-1965) residing in rural and urban Manitoba was completed in 2018. 

Through the media, people are bombarded with images and messages that glorify youthfulness.  Baby boomer women are vulnerable to these societal messages and experience strong pressure to maintain their youth and thinness.  Further, the baby boomer generation is aging and demanding food products that not only promote health and quality of life, but also address their concerns regarding aging, body shape and weight.  The results from this study can be used to develop age and gender appropriate tools for dietitians and other health care professionals to assess body image concerns of aging women and to promote positive body image education.  More details on the results of this study can be found in the 2018 CFDR Annual Report.

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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