Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group Research Grant

Fund Background:

This fund was established from the Block V. McDonald’s Settlement with the purpose of supporting dietetics students/professionals with a commitment to vegetarianism.

One award of $10,000 at least every two (2) years or as the budget allows

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual for innovative research related to vegetarian nutrition.

Recipient Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a registered dietitian, NDTR, or a dietetic student member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
    • If a student, must be admitted to a graduate/doctoral program in nutrition, public health, public health policy, or other related field.
  • Preference should be given to current members of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

Scoring Criteria (point values are included on the score sheet):

  • VN DPG Membership Preferred (two years or more)
  • Understanding of the Research Problem
  • Appropriateness of the Research Design and Method
  • Research Feasibility
  • Appropriateness of Budget
  • Capacity of the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators
  • The review process will be blinded

Ongoing Recipient Requirements:

  • Applicant must submit a midterm and final research report
  • A final report will be due within three months of completion of the study.
  • The grant recipient must submit an article to the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group for possible publication in Vegetarian Nutrition Update or submit a poster or educational session for presentation at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo.

More information on Criteria and Restrictions

When making a donation to the Foundation, please consider designating your gift to the Vegetarian DPG Research Grant Fund. This grant is given for innovative research relating to vegetarian nutrition to an individual who is an RDN, NDTR or Dietetic Student member of the Academy. Preference will be given to members of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

Application Procedure:

  1. The application, found on the Foundation’s website, must be completed and submitted by February 1st.
  2. The application is reviewed by the Research Award Reviewers.
  3. The recipient of the award will be notified by the Academy Foundation


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Past VN DPG Research Grant Recipients