Danone International Prize for Alimentation

The Danone International Prize for Alimentation

In 2020, Danone Institute International has opened the 2nd Edition of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA). The call for application is now closed and the preselection process has begun.

The Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA)

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 is being opened to mid-career emerging leaders in the field, rewarding pioneering research that spans multiple disciplines and represents a major advance in Alimentation.

The DIPA is awarded jointly by the Danone Institute International (DII) and the French research organization, the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FRM).

DIPA Purpose

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 Prize is open to mid-career research scientists from a variety of scientific disciplines within Alimentation, including behavioural science, sociology, anthropology, psychology, environmental science, economics, and cultural studies.

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.

Related key words: alimentation, healthy eating behaviors, public health, societal, behavioral, sustainable diets, socio-anthropological approaches to food and nutrition, innovative collaborative and multidisciplinary, practices relating to food and their determinants.

Application process

The application process is a two-stage process. All applications have to be in English and the publications related to the research should be published in the public domain, in English.

For more information, download the DIPA 2020 rules and the DIPA 2020 Press release.

Applicants have to submit a “first short application” comprising a curriculum vitae (CV) of their scientific career, an overview of their research work, a one-page letter explaining how their current research work and future research plans fit with the purpose of the DIPA and a list of ten to fifteen publications documenting the applicant’s past research, including the most recent publications.

After pre-selection by the Prize Committee, 10 short-listed applicants have been invited to submit a full proposal by the end of 2020. The 10 finalists’ files were analysed by a dedicated Jury to define the name of the Laureate of the 2020 Danone International Prize for Alimentation.

DIPA 2020: The finalists

After an international call for application opened from June to October 2020, the Prize Committee of the 2nd edition of DIPA chaired by Prof. Olivier Goulet, MD, PhD (Head of the Pediatric GastroenterologyHepatology-Nutrition Department at Necker – Sick Children Hospital, Paris Descartes University, France) met in January 2021 for the hard task to deeply analyze the thirty four high-level applications, received from all over the world. The finalists were selected for their innovative and collaborative approach on the Alimentation topic.

The preselected researches mainly focused on the impact of food choices or eating behaviors on health and non-communicable diseases; sustainable healthy food choices determinants; family diet or mother-child feeding interactions; sensory properties and intake behaviors or food choices and purchases determinants. All pre-selected applications have in common the willing to build strong collaborative research, to disseminate the knowledge for useful and concrete local implementation and to act for the communities. They represent cutting edge and multidisciplinary scientific research programs from prestigious universities around the world.

Learn more about the finalists.

DIPA 2020: the jury

Prof. Luis Moreno, President of the 2nd Edition of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation

The jury, chaired by Luis MORENO (University of Zaragoza, Spain) gathered several international experts :

  • Christina ECONOMOS (Tufts University, USA)
  • Olivier GOULET (Necker Sick-Children Hospital, France)
  • Sophie NICKLAUS (National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France), 1st laureate of the DIPA
  • Marie PIGEYRE (MacMaster University, Canada), representative of the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale 


DIPA 2020 Awardee: Jess Haines

DIPA Award 2020 - laureate capsule

Dr. Jess Haines, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Canada, is awarded the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA) for her groundbreaking research into promoting sustainable healthy eating among families, through novel, interdisciplinary research and knowledge mobilization.

Learn more about the awardee and her research work on our dedicated page. 

DIPA 2018 Awardee: Sophie Nicklaus

The winner of the first Danone International Prize for Alimentation was Dr Sophie Nicklaus, who received this prestigious award in recognition of her outstanding research into children’s healthy eating behavior.

Learn more about the awardee and her research work on our dedicated page where you will find the award lecture and some detailed factsheets.


Why this Prize on “Alimentation”?

The Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA) replaces the long-standing Danone International Prize for Nutrition.

The DII and the FRM created in 1997 the Danone International Prize for Nutrition (DIPN) 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 was to explore avenues of research to develop effective healthy eating strategies. 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. Those approaches should consider the diverse influences on people’s food choices and eating habits: economic, social, psychological, environmental and cultural factors. Unravelling the relationships between these Alimentation factors and how they impact on individuals and planet health requires researchers to build bridges between nutrition science and other disciplines.

The Danone International Prize for Alimentation is organized by the Danone Institute International in collaboration with the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale.