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In order to better understand the health benefits of nuts and dried fruits and disseminate the health message around the globe, the INC funds scientific research and dissemination projects through two different calls: the INC Annual Call for Research Project and the INC Annual Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects.

Both are usually launched between October annd December, with due date for submission January 31 or February 28 of the following year. Every call is accompanied by the Guidelines and Application Form, which are posted online, in this site. See below for further information.

The calls are open for public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations.

Also this year, the macadamia community has launched a call for research projects that may contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of macadamia nut consumption. See below for further information.

If you wish to receive alerts of new calls by email, please contact Ms. Irene Gironès, Scientific and Technical Projects Manager, at irene.girones@nutfruit.org

Past Funding Opportunities

2017 INC Research Grant

We are pleased to announce the 2017 INC Call for Research Projects. The objective of this grant is to fund clinical, epidemiological, basic and/or strategic research that may contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of nuts and dried fruits.

The INC calls for research projects from researchers from public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations

Up to 300,000 EUR is available for this grant. This call is for both co-funded and non co-funded projects.

Research priorities:

  1. Nuts and/or dried fruits and cognitive function.
  2. Nuts and/or dried fruits and body weight and adipose tissue distribution.
  3. Combination of nuts and dried fruits and blood pressure, clotting factors and inflammatory markers.
  4. Combination of nuts and dried fruits and glycemic load and/or diabetes.
  5. Nuts and/or dried fruits in exercise performance.
  6. Nuts and/or dried fruits and intestinal microbiota.
  7. Nuts and/or dried fruits and metabolomics.
  8. Nuts and/or dried fruits as part of a healthy diet.
  9. Intervention trials on relevant clinical end points.
  10. Meta-analysis of clinical trials.

All project proposals must be submitted using the Application Form.

Please read the associated Guidelines on eligibility and requirements before applying.

Applications due by: 28 February 2017.

For further information, please contact Ms. Irene Gironès, Scientific and Technical Projects Manager, irene.girones@nutfruit.org.

2017 INC Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects

The objective of the 2017 INC Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects  is to fund projects aimed at increasing the use and consumption of nuts and dried fruits, whenever such projects are beyond the scope of the INC.

The Call is open for projects from public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, and encourages cooperative projects implying INC associate members and industry-related partners.

Up to 50,000 EUR is available for this grant. INC calls for projects that have matching funds. It will be standard practice to grant up to 50 percent of the total cost of the project. The applicant must have secured the co-funding at the moment of submitting the project. Exceptionally, INC will finance all the expenses for a non co-funded project whenever the total expenditure does not exceed 5,000 EUR.

All project proposals must be submitted using the Application Form.

Please read the associated Guidelines on eligibility and requirements before applying.

Applications due by: 28 February 2017.

For further information, please contact Ms. Irene Gironès, Scientific and Technical Projects Manager, irene.girones@nutfruit.org.

2017 Macadamia Health Research

The macadamia community calls for research projects that may contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of macadamia nuts consumption.

200,000 EUR is available for the Macadamia Health Research. Co-funding is not mandatory for this Call, but it will be considered favourably in the evaluation criteria.

This is a call for research projects from public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, and encourages cooperative research.

Research priorities: Comparing the effect of a macadamias enriched diet vs. a control diet on insulin resistance/secretion, lipid profile (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides), and other emergent cardiovascular risk factors, e.g. inflammation, oxidative stress markers, etc. including the evaluation of the effects of macadamia nut consumption on adiposity.

All projects must be submitted using the Application Form.

Please read the associated Guidelines on eligibility and requirements before applying.

Applications due by: 28 February 2017.

For further information, please contact Ms. Irene Gironès, Scientific and Technical Projects Manager, irene.girones@nutfruit.org.

2016 INC Research Grant - Health Effects of Tree Nuts

The objective of this grant was to fund clinical and/or epidemiological research that may contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of the less studied tree nuts, specifically Amazonia (Brazil) nuts, cashews, macadamias, pecans and pine nuts.

The International Nut and Dried Fruit Council Foundation (INC) called for research projects from researchers from public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations. INC also encouraged multi-institutional, cooperative projects that bridge different research areas, as the interaction of disciplines and research groups often leading to new knowledge and understanding of correlations.

Research topic: The effect of tree nut consumption on lipid profile and other classic or emergent cardiovascular risk factors. Research proposals could include one or more of the above mentioned tree nuts. However, projects comparing tree nuts were not accepted.

Up to 150,000 € is available for this grant.

Closing date: 30 November 2016.

INC received 23 applications from 12 countries, which will be peer-reviewed by the Evaluating Committee of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. The Evaluating Committee will develop an academic prioritization of the projects. However, the final funding decision will be made by the INC Executive Committee.

2016 INC Research Grant

As part of the INC’s program of strategic initiatives aimed at supporting research into the health benefits of nuts and dried fruits, on 16 December 2015, INC launched the 2016 Call for Research Projects, with due date for submission 29 February 2016.

Up to 200,000 € was available for the 2016 Research Grant. The Call accepted clinical, epidemiological, basic and strategic research that could contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of nuts and dried fruits. The grant was open for public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, and encouraged cooperative projects.

Starting this year, the Call required that projects involve at least 3 nuts and/or dried fruits.

Closing date: 29 February 2016.

INC received 11 applications from 6 countries, which were peer-reviewed by the Evaluating Committee of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. Chaired by Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, the Evaluating Committee prioritized the projects and made a recommendation to the INC Executive Committee, which made the final funding decision.

On 29 May 2016, the INC Executive Committee approved to award the following projects.

Grant recipients:

  • Project: Dried fruit as a means for lowering the glycemic response to high glycemic index-carbohydrate foods (clinical study). Principal Investigator: Dr. Cyril Kendall, Glycemia Consulting Inc., Canada.
  • Project: Exploration of the effects of nut consumption on markers of inflammation and endothelial function (systematic review and meta-analysis). PI: Prof. Linda Tapsell, University of Wollongong, Australia.
  • Project: Effects of nut-derived miRNAs on inflammatory and metabolic profile of fat cells (animal and cell study). PI: Dr. Daniele Lettieri-Barbato, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.

2016 INC Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects

On 16 December 2015, INC launched the 2016 Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects, with due date for submission February 29, 2016. The objective of this grant was to build consumer demand for nuts and dried fruits, as well as to spread information about the properties and qualities of nuts and dried fruits, whenever such projects were beyond the scope of the INC, i.e. projects that the INC cannot fit within its regular activity, for instance due to language or geographic challenges. The call was  open for public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, and encouraged cooperative projects.

Up to 50,000 € was available for the 2016 Promotion Grant. INC called for projects that had secured matching funds at the time of submission. INC would grant up to 50 percent of the total cost of the project. Exceptionally, INC would finance all the expenses for a non co-funded project whenever the total expenditure did not exceed 5,000 EUR.

INC received 4 applications from 3 countries, which were peer-reviewed by the Evaluating Committee of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. Chaired by Prof. Jordi Salas-Salvadó, the Evaluating Committee prioritized the projects and made a recommendation to the INC Executive Committee, which made the final funding decision.

On 29 May 2016, the INC Executive Committee approved to award the following projects.

Grant recipients:

  • Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM), Czech Republic. Project: Nuts, Obesity and Diabetes Symposium, 34th International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition.
  • Nucis Italia. Project: “Nuts & Fit, Frutta Secca & Sport, il mix ideale per tenersi in forma”.
  • Nucis Germany. Project: “Update Ernährungsmedizin” (Update in Nutritional Medicine Congress).

2015 INC Research Grant

On November 6, 2014, INC launched its annual Call for Research Projects, with due date for submission January 31, 2015. The Call was open for public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, and encouraged cooperative research.

The Call accepted clinic, epidemiological, basic and strategic research that could contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of nuts and dried fruits. INC outlined the specific wish for cooperative, multi-institutional projects that bridge different research areas, as the interaction of disciplines and research groups often lead to new knowledge and understanding of correlations. Furthermore, special emphasis was placed upon cooperation with industry-related partners.

Closing date: 31 January 2015.

INC received 8 applications from 5 countries, which were peer-reviewed by the Evaluating Committee of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination. In May 2015, INC approved to fund the following projects, as prioritized by the Evaluating Committee.

Grant recipients:

  • Project: Effect of nut consumption on semen quality and functionality in a cohort of healthy males (clinical study). Principal Investigator: Dr. Monica Bulló, Rovira i Virgili University, Biochemistry and Biotechnology Department, Human Nutrition Unit, Pere Virgili Health Research Institute Foundation IISPV, Reus, Spain. Co-applicants: Dr. Joan Blanco Rodríguez and Dr. Ester Anton Martorell, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Project: Effect of dried plums, figs, dates, and raisins versus a fruit drink/punch on cardiometabolic disease risk factors (clinical study). PI: Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Penn State University, PA, USA.

2015 INC Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects

On November 6, 2014, INC launched a Call for Promotion and Dissemination Projects aimed at building consumer demand for nuts and dried fruits worldwide. INC called for projects aimed at increasing the use and consumption of nuts and dried fruits, whenever such projects were beyond the scope of the INC, i.e. projects that the INC cannot fit within its regular activity, for instance due to language or geographic challenges. The Call was open for projects from public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations.

The Call also prioritized collaborative, multi-institutional projects and activities that involve at least three nuts and/or dried fruits. INC also prioritized project proposals aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the scientific findings from INC-funded research on health and nutrition or new scientific findings that have been published in medical journals.

Eligible projects included those that provide markets and audiences with information on the properties and qualities of nuts and dried fruits (e.g. marketing campaigns in the points-of-sale, education campaigns at schools, etc.) and market research and activities aimed at ensuring that buyers, consumers and health professionals know about nuts and dried fruits and the many positive features they bring (e.g. participation in specialized events).

The deadline for submission was 31 January 2015.

INC received 7 applications from 5 countries, which were peer reviewed by the Evaluating Committee of the INC World Forum for Nutrition Research and Dissemination.

In May 2015, INC approved to fund the following projects, as prioritized by the Evaluating Committee.

Grant recipients:

  • Toronto 3D Knowledge Synthesis and Clinical Trials Foundation. Project: Nuts & Diabetes Symposium and Presentation, 33rd International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition.
  • Australian Nut Industry Council and Nuts for Life. Project: Nuts for Life nut growers social media education project.
  • Nucis Italia. Project: Nuts about good health, The Mediterranean Diet and Nuts: unbeatably healthy!

2014 GCC Call for Research Projects

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On 10 July 2014, the Global Cashew Council (GCC) launched a Call for Research Projects that may contribute to enhance the understanding of the effect of cashew nut consumption on lipid profile and other classic or emergent cardiovascular risk factors. Up to 200,000 EUR were available for the grant, which was open for researchers from public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, with due date for submission 5 October 2014.

GCC received project proposals from 14 researchers from 7 countries, which were peer-reviewed by the Evaluating Committee of the INC World Forum for Nutrition and Research Dissemination and other experts from the fields of nutrition and health. GCC approved to fund the following project, as prioritized by the Evaluating Committee.

Grant recipient:

  • Project: Increasing demand for cashew nuts by demonstrating cardiovascular benefits & reduced energy content. Principal Investigator: Dr. David J. Baer, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Maryland (USA).

Dr. David J. Baer and Dr. Janet A. Novotny from the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland, USA, proposed a controlled feeding study to 1) determine the effect of cashew nut consumption on biochemical and physiological biomarkers of cardiovascular disease, and 2) to empirically measure the energy content of a serving of cashew nuts.

The project is expected to finalize in July 2017.

2014 INC Research Grant

In October 2013, the INC launched a call for expressions of interest for research projects that may contribute to enhance the understanding of the health effects of nuts and dried fruits. Research priorities included nuts and/or dried fruits and cognitive function; body weight and adipose tissue distribution; glycemic load; nuts and/or dried fruits in exercise performance; intervention trials on relevant clinical end points; meta-analysis of clinical trials, and nuts and/or dried fruits as part of a healthy diet. The call also prioritized collaborative, multi-institutional projects and research with more than one type of nut or dried fruit.

Closing date: 31 January 2014.

Project: Nut consumption and changes in weight and body fat distribution in adults from 10 European countries (epidemiologic study).

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    Dr. Joan Sabaté

    Principal Investigator,
    Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, CA, USA.

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    Dr. Heinz Freisling

    Co-investigator,
    International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO), Lyon, France.

Project: Association between dietary nuts exposure and cognitive decline over three-year period in older adults: the InCHIANTI study (clinical study).

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    Cristina Andrés Lacueva

    Principal Investigator,
    Associate Professor, PTU. University of Barcelona, Spain.

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    Dr. Antonio Cherubini

    Co-applicant 1,
    Italian National Research Center on Aging (IRCCS-INRCA), Ancona, Italy.

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    Dr. Raul Zamora Ros

    Co-applicant 2,
    International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France..

2013 INC Research Grant

The INC Word Forum for Nutrition Research Evaluating Committee concluded the peer-review of the projects submitted under the INC 2013 Call for Expressions of Interest on May 19th, 2013. The call launched on January 23rd 2013 was addressed to public and private institutions, as well as not-for-profit organizations, and encouraged cooperative research. The aim of this grant was to finance some research projects on health and nutrition in relation to nuts and dried fruits.

INC received 13 applications of high quality from 9 countries. These projects included basic research, clinical trials and epidemiological studies in relation to the effect of consumption of nuts and dried fruits on diabetes, cancer and cognitive function, among others.

2013 Research Grant Recipients:

Project: Long-term nut consumption and cognitive function with aging (epidemiologic study).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Fran Grodstein, The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA.
Co-Applicant 1: Prof. Walter Willet, Dept. of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, USA.
Co-Applicant 2: Dr. Brian Harel, CogStates, New Haven, USA.

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    Dr. Fran Grodstein

    Principal Investigator,
    The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA.

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    Prof. Walter Willet

    Co-Applicant 1,
    Dept. of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, USA.

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    Dr. Brian Harel

    Co-Applicant 2,
    CogStates, New Haven, USA.

Project: Long-term effects of an energy-restricted Mediterranean diet on mortality and cardiovascular disease (clinical study).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, University of Navarra, Spain. Multi-institutional collaborative project.

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    Dr. Miguel Ángel Martínez-González

    Principal Investigator,
    University of Navarra, Spain. Multi-institutional collaborative project.

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