Danone Institute International opens a new prize for Alimentation to reward mid-career scientists for pioneering research.
Called the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA), the award replaces the long-standing Danone International Prize for Nutrition. The DIPA will awarded every two years, by the Danone Institute International and the French Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM).
In a far-reaching initiative to achieve ground-breaking benefits to public health, this 100,000 Euro prize is being opened to mid-career researchers in the field.
It will reward pioneering research that spans multiple disciplines and represents a major advance in “Alimentation” – the umbrella term for all practices relating to food, including food choice, purchase, preparation, cooking, and meal organization, and their determinants.
By supporting and encouraging the mid-career rising stars of the research community through the DIPA, the DII and the FRM aim to inspire innovative, multidisciplinary research that leads to strategies promoting sustainable healthy eating habits – hence improved global health.
The DII and the FRM created the Danone International Prize for Nutrition (DIPN) in 1997 in a joint bid to raise the profile of nutrition sciences. Some 20 years on, nutrition has become firmly established as a vital area of research interest that has a profound impact on human health.
The next step is to explore avenues of research to develop effective healthy eating strategies – and the DII and the FRM believe the most promising routes are those that stretch beyond messages identifying healthy foods.
Strategies need to take on board the fact that food does far more than merely fulfil a biological need; it also forms the basis of our identity and social interaction.
Hence the launch of the DIPA is in recognition of the need for novel and collaborative approaches that take account of the diverse influences on people’s food choices and eating habits, including economic, social, psychological and cultural factors. Unravelling the relationships between these Alimentation factors and how they impact on public health requires researchers to build bridges between nutrition science and other disciplines.
The purpose of the DIPA is to encourage and support cutting edge, innovative and multidisciplinary scientific research in Alimentation, the umbrella term for all practices relating to food, 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.
The DIPA aims to:
Related key words: alimentation, healthy eating behaviors, public health, societal, behavioral, socio-anthropological approaches to food and nutrition, innovative collaborative and multidisciplinary, practices relating to food and their determinants.
Entries should be made initially as a summary of the applicant’s work and submitted to the Prize Committee. Short-listed applicants are then asked to prepare a full proposal for consideration by the Prize Jury chaired by a leading international expert in the field of Alimentation.
All applications should be in English and the publications related to the research should be published in the public domain, in English.
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