Sustainable Food Systems Initiative – Jun 14

Posted by Danone Institute North America on May 23, 2023

Danone Institute North America issues RFP for Sustainable Food Systems Initiative

Danone Institute North America (DINA), a nonprofit foundation managed by Danone North America, seeks to foster transdisciplinary, community-based work to promote sustainable food systems in the U.S. and Canada.

DINA has requested proposals for the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative, which seeks to promote sustainable food systems that reflect that the health and nutrition of people and the health of the planet are interconnected. Examples of focus areas include the impact of regenerative agriculture on health behaviors; measurement and mitigation of carbon footprint in a health-focused food system such as university dining or a food bank; reducing food waste as an aspect of a public health nutrition program; closing food systems gaps that prevent equitable and sustainable access to healthy food; and promotion of sustainable, accessible and balanced dietary patterns that help improve short-term and long-term health across the lifespan.

Through the program, DINA will fund up to five transdisciplinary teams in 2023 to design, implement, and evaluate actionable community-based projects on sustainable food systems that contribute to the nutritional health of populations and support communication about their impact.

The initiative will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments, and planning grants. Each of the five finalists will receive $50,000 to support and expand their project, and an additional $10,000 will be granted to the team with the strongest communications plan, awarded in the fall of 2023.

To be eligible, prospective teams must include four members representing relevant, diverse disciplines related to food systems, including but not limited to nutrition, health, economics, agriculture, community food access, and social, behavioral, or environmental sciences. At least one team member must be a current academic faculty member.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Danone Institute North America website.

Deadline: June 14, 2023

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