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2018 Research Grant Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International
Investigators for Research on Egg Nutrition

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Egg Nutrition Center (ENC)

Deadline Date:

03/16/18

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA, Canada, and International investigators for research projects that aim to expand people's understanding of the nutritional value of eggs in the human diet. Current research priority areas include the effects of eggs during pregnancy on the infant, as well as the effects of introducing eggs as a first food on early childhood development and on childhood in at-risk populations.

Current Research Priority Details:

1. What are the effects of egg, choline and/or lutein intake during pregnancy on infant physical and cognitive development and related indices?

Clinical and observational studies evaluating the relationships between maternal intakes during pregnancy and physical and/or cognition-related outcomes or surrogate markers of offspring. This may include follow-up studies where maternal intake has been previously validated and/or published.

Novel developmental and status markers (e.g., brain scans, etc.) are preferred. Cognitive battery tests and food frequency questionnaires should be validated and widely accepted. Novel markers of nutrient/bioactive status (e.g., macular pigment optical density, breast milk choline, etc) should be included in the proposal.

Proposals may also include assessment of how lutein may influence visual development and/or prevent damage due to blue light exposure.

Studies assessing synergies of nutrients and bioactives present in eggs.

2. What are the effects of eggs as an introductory food on growth and development (i.e., physical and cognitive) during early childhood and childhood in at-risk populations within the United States?

Clinical and observational studies with preference given to randomized controlled trials and longitudinal analyses of at-risk populations (e.g., food insecure, etc). Retrospective and cross-sectional analyses will be considered when data from the above are not possible (please justify study design choice).

Developmental markers should include anthropometric measures (e.g.,length/weight-for-age z-score, body composition, etc) and novel cognitive markers (e.g., macular pigment optical density, brain scans, reaction speed, etc). Cognitive battery tests and food frequency questionnaires should be validated and widely accepted.

Proposals may also include assessment of how lutein may influence visual development and/or prevent damage due to blue light exposure.

Studies assessing synergies of nutrients and bioactives present in eggs preferred.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138065

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

ENC typically receives 40-50 LOIs each year. Although the number fluctuates year to year, approximately 15 full proposals are requested from the pool of LOIs. From these applications, approximately 50% are funded in part or in full.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Pilot projects will be funded up to $50,000.
- ENC allows indirect costs up to 10% per USDA authorization.
- Principal investigator salary may be included up to a maximum of 20% if justified.

Term of Contract:

ENC prefers projects that are two years or less in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ENC accepts LOIs from investigators outside of the United States.

ENC has co-funded several projects with other organizations and encourages investigators to seek co-funding opportunities. Questions regarding co-funded projects should be directed to the email address in Contact Information below.

All projects must adhere to strict research integrity principles (see below) and abide by the core values of objectivity, accountability, and transparency.

For Integrity Guidelines, see the bottom of the URL for Full Text link below.

Pre-Application Information:

The proposal process begins with an initial letter of intent (LOI), due March 16, 2018. Projects that are selected from the LOIs will be invited to submit a full proposal.

ENC strives to notify investigators of research awards by the end of the second quarter of the calendar year. Based on prior years, final contracts are typically executed by the end of the third quarter, with first payments distributed late during that calendar year.

Additionally, ENC will entertain ad hoc proposals outside of the annual grant cycle. Funding for ad hoc proposals is limited and any proposal must be timely and highly relevant. Ideas for ad hoc proposals should be sent to the email address in Contact Information below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI online:
http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/grant-fellowship/grant-application/

For questions or any technical difficulties, please email Research@eggnutritioncenter.org.

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Israel

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