Learn more about HFHL's Spring 2016 funding opportunities by visiting our Grant Programs page.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

Spring 2016 Request for Proposals and Letters of Interest

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute invites letters of interest and proposals for three spring funding opportunities:
  • University Research Grant
  • Graduate and Professional Student Research Grant
  • Community-University Planning Grant
The HFHL Institute seeks Request for Proposals (RFP) for our University (faculty) Research Grant Program which 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.
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016

The goal of the Graduate and Professional Student Research Grant Program is to support student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning and engagement in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health.
Proposal Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016

The Community-University Planning Grant Program is designed to provide seed funding for the development of promising, 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 in the fall funding cycle or to other equivalent University, government and/or private sources.
Letters of Interest (and supporting documents) Submission Deadline: April 15, 2016

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

To learn more, and to view or download the RFPs and RFLI, please visit:
https://www.hfhl.umn.edu/grant-programs
 
2015 Recipients of our University Research, Graduate Student Research and Community-University Planning Grants:

FACULTY GRANTS
(Grant Category: Prevention of Obesity & Diet-Related Disease)
 
Project Title: Linking environmental and dietary factors to the anti-carcinogenic effects of the Mediterranean Lifestyle
 
Amount Awarded: $100,000 (two year grant)
Timeframe: June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2017
PI:  Douglas G. Mashek, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science & Nutrition, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, U of M
Co-Investigators:  Li Li Ji, PhD, Director, School of Kinesiology, Professor and Director, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science, U of M
Guisheng Song, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine: Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
 
GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENT GRANTS
 
Project Title: Immigrant Healthy Gut Project: Characterization of the obesogenic gut microbiome among Hmong and Karen Immigrants
 
Amount Awarded: $9,926.00
Timeframe: June 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016 

PI:  Pajau Vangay, Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology, Ph.D Program (2013 - 2017), Computer Science and Engineering Department, College of Science and Engineering
Advisor: Dan Knights, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Biotechnology Institute, College of Science and Engineering, U of M
 
PLANNING GRANTS FOR COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY RESEARCH

Project Title: Ninandawaabandaamin (We are searching for it)
Amount Awarded: $8,350
Timeframe: June 9, 2015 - December 9, 2015
Community Partner: Nicole Buckanaga, Ojibwe Language Coordinator, Gaa’Oziskwaajimekaag Gabe Gikendaasoowigamig, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC)
University Partner: Noelle Harden, Extension Educator, Health and Nutrition, UM Extension Regional Office Moorhead, MN

Project Title: The Stormwater Runoff and Land Access Nexus: Using Environmental Sustainability to Enhance Food Security in the Urban Environment
Amount Awarded: $9,664
Timeframe: June 9, 2015 - December 9, 2015
Community Partners:  Dylan Bradford-Kesti, Program Organizer to Community Based Food Systems, Land Stewardship Project (LSP)
Sam Grant, founder and Executive Director, AfroEco
Peggy Knapp, Director of Programs, Freshwater Society
Betsy Sohn, Organizer and Program Manager, Hope Community Inc.
Terry VanDerPol, Community Based Food Systems Program Director, LSP
University Partners: Nick Jordan, PhD, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, U of M
Kate Flick, PhD student, Natural Resource Science and Management Graduate Program, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, U of M

Project Title: Project Sweetie Pie - Camden Greenhouse Planning Project
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Timeframe: June 9, 2015 - December 9, 2015
Community Partners:  Michael Chaney, Community Activist and Organizer, Project Sweetie Pie
Catherine Fleming, Treasurer, Project Sweetie Pie
Ian Marvy, Co-founder and Executive Director, Added Value
University Partners: Jeff Corn, MA, Community Programs Coordinator, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Office of Public Engagement & Office for Academic Affairs and Provost
Catherine Jordan, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School; Extension Specialist, Center for Community Vitality, U of M Extension
Karl Hakanson, Local Extension Educator, Agricultural Production Systems, U of M Extension – Hennepin County
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AWARDED PROPOSALS, CLICK HERE

Background:
The University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute is an all-university institute founded in 2007, evolving from a 2003 University of Minnesota Presidential Initiative of Robert Bruininks.  The Institute aims to increase and sustain the University’s capacity in the interdisciplinary arena of food, agriculture and health.
 
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