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Applications Open: Research, Institutional, and enLINK Research Grants [Worth Rs. 69K Per Year] @ Nestle Foundation

Research Grants Nestle FoundationAbout:

The Nestlé Foundation offers different awards and grant categories, some of them using a modular approach, i.e. the Pilot Grant Program represents the starting grant module for a later Full Grant Research application.

The eligibility criteria, as well as the Research objectives and topics, have to be fulfilled independently from the award category:

  • Research Grants

The Foundation offers different research grant categories, some of them using a modular approach, i.e. the Pilot Grant Program represents actually the starting module for a later Full Grant Research Application. The eligibility criteria as well as the Research objectives and topics have to be fulfilled independently from the grant category.

  1. Training Grant
  2. Pilot Grant
  3. Full Grant (small / large)
Grant TypeDescriptionBudget Cadre (in USD)
Training Grant (TG)The Training Grant (TG) Program supports a small research project such as a MSc or PhD thesis project or another training endeavor.Up to 20,000 in total
Pilot Grant (PG)The Pilot Grant PG) Program of the Foundation provides support for pilot research that has a high potential to lead to a subsequent full research project grant.Up to 20,000 in total
Small Research Grant (SGR)The Small Research Grant (SRG) provides support of a small research study. This may even represent a continuation of a TG or also a PG.Up to 50,000 in total
Large Research Grant (LGR)Full grant application of a complete research proposal according to the guidelines.Up to 100’000 per year to a maximum of 300’000 for 3 years
Re-Entry GrantsTo encourage the return and re-establishment of post-graduate students into their careers in their own countries, the Foundation will support a research program for eligible candidates.Up to 50,000 in total


  • Institutional Support

Institutional support involves the support of research or educational projects in specific institutions in low- or lower-middle income countries which contribute to a focused development of capacity and know-how and human resource development in the corresponding institution.

  • enLINK Research grant program

The enLINK research grant program represents research projects initiated by the Nestlé Foundation. External researchers or institutions are invited by the Foundation to submit a research proposal in a specific area.

Research Topics:

At present the Foundation’s work is primarily concerned with human nutrition research issues dealing with:

  1. maternal and child nutrition, including breastfeeding and complementary feeding,
  2. macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and imbalances,
  3. interactions between infection and nutrition, and
  4. nutrition education and health promotion

The Foundation does not normally fund:

  1. projects with low public health relevance
  2. projects with doubtful sustainability
  3. projects lacking transfer of scientific, technical and educational knowledge, i.e. lacking a capacity-building component
  4. large budget projects i.e. – projects that exceed US$100,000 per year or US$ 300,000 over the total duration of a 3 year project
  5. nutrition surveys or surveillance studies
  6. research on food policy, food production and food technology except when linked to an intervention with high potential for sustainable improvement of the nutritional status
  7. in vitro and/or animal experiments.

The precise priorities and goals of the Foundation are modified from time to time to meet emerging public health and nutritional needs in the developing world.

Studies in other areas of human nutrition research might also be considered, as long as they are dealing with problems of malnutrition in eligible countries.

Other areas of research may be eventually considered for support if the applicant can offer specific and convincing evidence and justification for the choice of their research topic.

How to apply:

Interested scientists should first submit a “Letter of Intent” in which they describe very briefly the kind of project they would like to undertake, including an estimated budget. Instructions for the letter of intent are available here. MSc or PhD students have to submit a letter of intent together with their thesis advisor & mentor.

Applications are accepted all year round, and the Foundation encourages applicants to submit their proposals as early as possible to allow sufficient time for internal as well as external reviews. All submissions should be made electronically by e-mail using a MS Word File (doc).

For full grant applications (upon invitation of an accepted Letter of Intent), applications for this batch close January 10.



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