Entries Open for 2020 Danone International Prize for Alimentation

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Detailed Description

Danone Institute International has opened the 2nd Edition of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA), jointly awarded by the Danone Institute International (DII) and the French research organization, the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM).

The purpose of the DIPA is to encourage and support cutting edge, innovative and multidisciplinary scientific research in Alimentation, the umbrella term for sustainable eating and drinking practices that contribute to the health of individuals, including food choice, purchase, preparation, cooking and meal organisation, and their determinants.

The award is intended to raise the profile of a mid-career researcher and accelerate his/her career, as well as help develop knowledge on the topic and inspire junior researchers and will recognise the work of a single researcher, or a representative of a research team, who is leading a pioneering and collaborative approach in Alimentation.

The 2020 DIPA will be awarded at the 22nd International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) in September 2021 that will take place in Tokyo, Japan. The President of the Prize Committee, the President of the Jury, a representative of FRM and a representative of Danone Institute International will award the Prize. The Laureate must be present at the Prize award ceremony and give a lecture about his/her scientific research work. The Laureate will participate actively in the communications associated with the award and in the preparation of the lecture during the award ceremony.

Since the last edition in 2016, the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA) has evolved from the former Danone International Prize for Nutrition. The change is in recognition of the need for innovative and collaborative approaches that take account of the diverse influences on people’s food choices and eating habits – including economic, social, psychological, environmental and cultural factors – collectively known as “Alimentation”.

The DIPA aims to:

  • advance understanding of Alimentation through cutting edge research;
  • encourage and inspire pioneering advances that integrate lifestyle, cultural, socio-economic and environmental approaches into research on sustainable diets;
  • boost collaboration between the different disciplines affecting nutrition, from anthropology to economics;
  • support talented and highly motivated mid-career researchers whose work contributes to scientific excellence in the field of Alimentation.

Funding Information

  • The DIPA award is one hundred thousand euros (€100,000) (hereinafter the “Prize”) and is awarded by the DII and the FRM.
  • Of the one hundred thousand euros (€100,000) Prize, seventy-five percent (75%) will be granted for an Alimentation research project. The Laureate should be directly involved in that project and it should be under the auspices of a non-profit organization. The remaining twenty five percent (25%) of the Prize will be granted individually to the Laureate.

Prize Committee

  • A Prize Committee will review eligible applications and draw up a short-list of around ten (10) applicants. Short-listed applicants will be asked to submit a full application which will then be subjected to another round of evaluation by the Jury.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, an application must meet the following criteria:

The applicants must:

  • belong to a non-profit organisation
  • currently take an active part in research work
  • have been conducting research for 10 to 20 years
  • benefit from a certain degree of recognition from their peers beyond their national border (including, but not exclusively, through the number and quality of publications in peer reviewed journals or books, talks, conferences, etc.)
  • have a proven interest and ability to engage with and spread messages to their peers and other audiences
  • Make himself available for the award of the Prize and agree with the conditions of promotion of the DIPA.

Their research work:

  • contributes to a better understanding of Alimentation combines several dimensions of Alimentation (e.g. behavioural, socioeconomic, public health, cultural factors)
  • is interdisciplinary: links and integrates different disciplines (e.g. anthropology, sociology, psychology)
  • is rigorous and innovative.
  • Eligibility is not subject to any geographical limitation in terms of nationality or focus of work.

Source: https://www.danoneinstitute.org/nutrition-science-support/dipa

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