Awards & Grants

Member Shout Outs

Our members are making a difference in the lives of many by moving the global understanding of nutrition science forward. To recognize these great accomplishments, the Research DPG offers a variety of awards for members.

Research DPG Member Awards & Grants

Note: Each year, the grant values offered by these annual awards vary depending upon the availability of sponsorship funds.


The RDPG is offering several upcoming award opportunities. All applicants are required to have a 2019-2020 RDPG membership. Questions can be sent to rdpgawards@gmail.com.


Emerging Researcher Author Award

Members eligible to apply for this recognition award must be listed as the first author on a peer reviewed scientific paper and must also be a current student or be no more than 8 years past completion of their highest conferred degree. Papers must have been published between May 15, 2018 and August 15, 2019. The application deadline is August 15, 2019.


First Author Award

Any RDPG member listed as first author on a peer reviewed scientific paper is eligible to apply for this recognition award. Papers must have been published between May 15, 2018 and August 15, 2019. The application deadline is August 15, 2019.


Mead Johnson Nutrition/Research Dietetic Practice Group Student Research Award 

Undergraduate and graduate students listed as first author on a research abstract accepted for presentation at FNCE® are eligible to apply for one of three $250 recognition awards. Recipients are required to attend FNCE® and present their research during the RDGP member breakfast. The application deadline is September 15, 2019.


The Sugar Association/Research DPG Member Pilot Grant Awards

Two awards for research grants will be provided with funds generously donated by the Sugar Association. All members are eligible to apply; however, student members must have a research mentor. A $10,000 award will be provided for a laboratory-based study and an $8000 award will be provided for a non laboratory-based study. The application deadline is August 30, 2019.


The Mead Johnson Nutrition/Research Dietetic Practice Group Student Pilot Grant Award 

One $1,750 pilot grant will be awarded through funds generously donated by Mead Johnson. All members with student status during the 2019-2020 membership year are eligible to apply. Applicants for this award must have a research mentor. The application deadline is August 30, 2019.


*All award winners will be selected by the Research DPG Awards Committee independent of the sponsor and based solely on the criteria found on the Research DPG website.


Want to Apply? 

Read about how to apply for these Research DPG member-only awards.