Awards, Stipends, & Grants

Awards, Stipends, & Grants

DIFM Lifetime Achievement Award- due April 19, 2024

Application Deadline: April 19, 2024

  1. PURPOSE
    1. The purpose of this award is to recognize a DIFM member whose contributions over their lifetime have advanced the principles and practices of integrative and functional medicine and nutrition. This award will honor one who has “made a difference” in education and professional development, furthered professional opportunities and advancement for nutrition and dietetics practitioners and has demonstrated excellence as evidenced by work that is innovative, creative, and recognized as exemplary by professional peers.
    2. $1500 and free lifetime DIFM membership awarded to chosen recipient.
  2. ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIRED CRITERIA
    All active members in good standing with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and DIFM DPG are eligible. Exempt members include the following: previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Required criteria include the following:

    1. Academy member for a minimum of 20 years
    2. DIFM member for a minimum of 10 years
    3. RDN for minimum of 20 years
    4. Two professional letters of recommendation
    5. Has made a “lifetime” of unique contributions to the practice of integrative and functional nutrition
    6. Has continuously supported the advancement of dietetic professionals practicing integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy (IFMNT) by acting as a clinician, educator, mentor, preceptor, CPE presenter and author/editor, or through volunteerism/public service
    7. Has provided leadership and service to DIFM, the Academy, and other professional nutrition organizations

  3. OPTIONAL CRITERIA
    1. Founding member of NCC/DIFM
    2. Research contributor (completed work)
    3. Media contributor
    4. Advanced education degree or credential/certification in integrative/functional nutrition
    5. Fellow of the Academy
    6. Professional awards

  4. PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS
    1. Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award can be submitted by any member of DIFM. Members are encouraged to nominate qualified peers and/or self-nominate.
    2. Whether nominating a student or self-nominating, the following documents must be submitted for the nominee to the Nominating Committee by April 19, 2024:
      • Award application form + biographical information form
      • Curriculum vitae (CV)
      • 2 Letters of recommendation
    3. Application documents are reviewed by the Nominating Committee and selection will be made by June 2024. The nominee with the highest score will be selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
    4. The award recipient will be notified by email and announced in the DIFM newsletter, The Integrative RDN, the DIFM Website and social media outlets. Recognition will also be given at DIFM’s annual FNCE events.

  5. TO APPLY OR NOMINATE
    1. Completed applications are accepted through April 19, 2024.
    2. Please submit the
      • Award application Form
      • Biographical information Form
      • Curriculum vitae (CV) (5-page limit)
      • 2 Letters of recommendation

Apply Here

Questions, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee:

DIFM Diversity Stipend - FY stipends awarded

The 2022 DIFM Diversity Award has been awarded; check back in the spring/summer of 2023 for the 2023 application! 

RD/DTR DIFM Member $250 Stipend 

Student/Intern DIFM Member $250 Stipend.

Share your interest in inclusive dietetics and integrative and functional nutrition with us!

Questions, please get in touch with us at diversity.difm@gmail.com

Conference Speaker/Presenter Stipend - ongoing/available

Speaker/Presenter Stipends are intended for those invited to speak/present or whose submission has been accepted but are not limited to, a conference, academic institution, state affiliate, local district, or international dietetic meeting. Speaker stipends are not intended for presentations associated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (pre-FNCE or FNCE), as the Academy offers its own honorarium.

This application will be differentiated from the Application for Conference Attendance, as it is intended specifically for speaker/presenters and experts in the field presenting on an integrative and functional medicine topic, simultaneously being able to promote DIFM and further support DIFM’s mission and vision within the presentation. These individuals will be regarded as DIFM Ambassadors.

DIFM Speakers will not accept invitations to meetings and events that involve or require endorsement and/or positioning of a commercial product(s) or service(s).

It is expected that expenses of DIFM Speakers who are asked to attend meetings and events at the invitation of other organizations will be reimbursed by that organization. This application may also be completed if the stipend complements any compensation from the requesting organization that may not be sufficient for travel, lodging or time.

In order to share the education, opportunities, and relevant topics with all of our DIFM members, it is a requirement to provide a review of the presentation(s), in a newsletter article (guidelines and requirements will be provided by our Newsletter Editor), as a blog, webinar, or on a social media platform within two months of the presentation’s completion. The DIFM speaker/presenter may also be highlighted on the website. A photo and bio may be requested and should be easily available upon request. The DIFM board also reserves the right to request a preview of the presentation to ensure it is aligned with the strategic plan, mission, and vision before granting the stipend.

Marketing materials, official logo e-files, and additional items will be available for the DIFM speaker/presenter to utilize. Coordinating these items will be done with the Executive Assistant in a timely manner before the speaker engagement. Materials are to be responsibly distributed and promoted. The DIFM video may be shared with attendees and on individual websites with the completion of a WAIVER RELEASE FORM (see website for details or contact our Member Services Chair).

The voting members of the DIFM board will review the application and approve or deny financial support for this engagement. The voting members may also ask key Executive Committee members to review the application if pertinent (such as the Speaker Bureau Chair or other officers) that may objectively contribute to the evaluation process and final decision. If an applicant(s) is a voting member(s), they will be recused from the review and approval process.

Applications may be completed and emailed to DIFM’s Executive Assistant at info@integrativerd.org

Please submit as early as possible due to the process and time necessary for each evaluation. Please note there are a limited number of applicants accepted per fiscal year (for example June 1-May 31st 2018).

Application and Policy - Speaker/Presenter Stipend (Word Doc)

Application and Policy - Speaker/Presenter Stipend PDF

Conference Attendance Stipend - ongoing/available

Invitations to meetings and events will be individually evaluated using the External Representation Assessment Tool and Application for Conference Attendance documents.

DIFM does not accept invitations to meetings and events that involve or require endorsement and/or positioning of a commercial product(s) or service(s).

It is expected that whenever possible, expenses of DIFM representatives asked to attend meetings and events at the invitation of other organizations will be reimbursed by that organization.

In order to share the education, opportunities, and relevant topics with all of our DIFM members, it is a requirement to provide a review of a session(s) or conference in a newsletter article (guidelines and requirements will be provided by our Newsletter Editor) or on our website as a blog within 2 months of conference attendance. A webinar or other educational tool may be requested upon approval as well at the executive board’s discretion.

In conjunction with completing these documents, the DIFM representative must complete and fulfill all obligations and requirements stated within these documents within 2 months of returning from the event.

The voting members will review the assessment tool and application and approve or deny financial support for attendance to the event. The voting members may also ask key Executive Committee members to review the application if pertinent (i.e. Speaker Bureau Chair or other officers) that may objectively contribute to the evaluation process and final decision. If an applicant(s) is a voting member(s), they will be recused from the review and approval process.

Please submit as early as possible due to the process and time necessary for each evaluation. Documents may be completed and emailed to Amy Jarck at info@integrativerd.org

Application and Policy Conference Attendance Word Doc

Application and Policy Conference Attendance PDF

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