Research Grant

Research Grant

There are two ON DPG Small Project Research grants available at this time (for up to $2,500 each). One grant is for the new/novice practicing clinician who may not be as familiar with research. The other grant is for graduate students (i.e. Masters, DCN or PhD). The grants are given on a competitive basis to support research in the area of oncology nutrition. The research or study may involve the following:

  • Support Master’s thesis or Doctoral research
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Outcomes monitoring and/or research
  • Nutrition-related interventions
  • QI projects
  • Animal or human studies


ON DPG Research Grant Application Submissions

Frequently Asked Questions About the Research Grant

Scoring Rubric for Small Research Grant

Application deadline is February 15, 2020.

Minimal Qualifications to Apply

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and an Active Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; ON DPG membership is required at the time of application submission.  If applicant is a student, a student membership in the ON DPG is required at the time of application submission.

Two signed letters of recommendation (at least one from an RDN, one from an advisor or mentor familiar with the project)

  • Considerations: Testimonial to the person’s interest, ability and the feasibility of the project from someone knowledgeable about the subject to be studied. 
  • Application must define how funds will be used (include itemized budget and justification).

Study must relate to oncology nutrition and questions/problem statement clearly defined (hypotheses)

Expectations and Use of Funds

  • The applications will be treated as confidential information. Copies of the application will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Each applicant may apply for up to $2,500.  Funds must be used to support the research only (i.e. research supplies, laboratory assessments, required software, statistical consultations, modest participant incentives, etc.).
  • Funds may not be used for indirect or overhead costs, salaries, tuition, stipends, etc.
  • Research project must be completed within 2 years with project reports at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months.
  • Grantees will be encouraged to publish results in the Oncology Nutrition Connection or peer-reviewed scientific journal. Note that mentoring may be available for first-time publishers.
  • Grantees will be expected to present progress and results at the ON DPG Symposium and may be invited to speak for 10-15 minutes on project findings.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm ET 2/15/20.  Applications may be submitted beginning January 06th, 2020.  No late or incomplete applications will be considered.  
  • Complete the attached application face sheet and budget form.
  • Complete applications must include the face sheet, budget form, proposal description (single spaced, narrow margins, Arial 11 font). The proposal itself should not exceed 6 pages. The budget, face sheet and any appendix material are not included in the 6-page limit.) 
  • Proposal should include introduction and background, purpose and aim of the study (hypotheses to be tested), methodology and the feasibility of the study. 
  • Clinical studies will require IRB approval. 
  • Applications must be submitted as one scanned PDF document (to include application face sheet, budget form, proposal and supporting documentation such as appendices or references, and signed letters of recommendation).
  • Applications must be in the English language.

For any questions please contact Colleen Spees at

Past Distinguished Practice Award Recipients
2018-2019: Katherine Petersen MS, RDN, CNSC  “The Impact of Registered Dietitian Staffing and Nutrition Practices in High Risk Cancer Patients Across the Veteran’s Health Administration”

Student Winner: McKenzie Millner (BS, Dietetic Intern) “The Relationship Between Sarcopenia and Chemotherapy Toxicity in Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”.

2017-2018: Laura Kerns MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, FAND “Impact of Branched-Chain Amino Acid Supplementation on Quality of Life and Overall Survival in Patients Receiving Liver Directed Therapy for Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)”.

2016-2017: Anna Arthur PhD, MPH, RD  and Sylvia Crowder MS, RDN  “Improving dietary patterns in head and neck cancer survivors to optimize disease outcomes and supportive care: a pilot/feasibility intervention study”.

2015-2016: Kerry McMillen MS, RD, CSO and Erin Schmidt RD, CSO  “Body Mass Changes through Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT). 



Page Updated: April 2019