Spring 2017 Funding Opportunities

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute invites proposals and letters of interest (LOI) for three spring funding opportunities:


Faculty researchThe University Research Grant Program seeks to fund new, interdisciplinary faculty research teams that include members from at least three distinct disciplines and that produce research that has a high potential for growth and for becoming self-supporting over time. The priority areas for focus are food protection (safety), prevention of obesity and diet-related disease, food policy and food security. Within these priority areas, of special importance is the integration of agriculture and health sciences. Up to two grants will be awarded this funding cycle. Each grant will be awarded to an interdisciplinary team for a project with a maximum total cost of $50,000/yr. Funding is eligible for two years. Second year funding will be dependent upon acceptable progress and availability of funds. Alternatively, applicants may request one year of funding for $100,000, but justification must be strong.

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 14, 2017 (5:00pm).

View and download RFP (.pdf)


student washing lettuceThe Graduate and Professional Research Grant Program seeks to fund student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health. Funds will be distributed through a competitive review process.  The grants to be funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions.  The request should seek to establish cross-disciplinary learning and engagement. For this grant cycle, HFHL plans to award a total of up to $20,000.  Applicants may seek grant funds ranging from $2,000-$10,000.

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 14, 2017 (5:00pm).

View and download RFP (.pdf)


Community members in meeting.The Planning Grant Program for Community-University Research Teams is designed to fund the development of authentic community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition and health. The expected outcome of this award is that teams prepare and submit a grant proposal to one of the major HFHL grant programs or to other equivalent University, government and/or private sources. Up to two planning grants will be awarded to developing partnerships this funding cycle. Awards will range from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $10,000. It is expected that grant proposals will request $10,000 or less. However, in exceptional circumstances, funding at a higher level may be considered with very strong justification. Funding is eligible for up to one year. 75% of the award will be distributed at the onset of the planning. 25% of the award will be distributed following successful preparation and submission of the grant proposal. 

Letters of Interest (and supporting documents) Submission Deadline: April 14, 2017 (5:00pm).

View and download RFLI (.pdf)



Funds for all grant programs will be awarded through a competitive review process.