CFDR 2021 Research Grant Competition status: CLOSED

July 24, 2020 Competition opens 
See the grant policy, submission instructions and forms in the links below
September 14,  2020 Deadline for Letters of Intent submissions
via email to
March 1st, 2021 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 will be awarded in the following categories: 

  • NEW category for 2020-2021.  Projects involved with addressing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Outcomes of intervention: objective measures of the effect(s) of a nutrition intervention in all practice areas.
  • New roles for dietitians in meeting health needs of all Canadians: education, training, 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 food choices made by consumers

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. The investigator in whose name the grant is held must hold membership in a Canadian dietetics regulatory body AND also be a member of Dietitians of Canada.
  • Applicants must not have current or outstanding CFDR funded projects and/or reports at the time the grant funding is released from CFDR.
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 or at 416-642-9309 for more information about collaborative research initiatives.

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