Research Grant

Oncology Nutrition DPG (ON DPG) Research Grant Information

Thank you for your interest in applying for an ON DPG Research Grant to support research in the area of oncology nutrition.

There are four ON DPG Research Grants available at this time (two professional grants each up to $5,000 and two student grants each up to $1,500). Priority for one of the two professional grants will be awarded to a new researcher or practicing clinician with limited research experience and the other will be awarded to a post-doctorate researcher. The student grants will be awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student (i.e. Masters, DCN, or PhD).

Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on 10/10/2021. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Applicants will be notified on the status of their application within a month.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or a student in an ACEND-accredited program.
  • Applicant must be a current active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the ON DPG.


Submission Instructions

  • Applications must be single-spaced, narrow margins, Arial 11 font and include:
    • Cover page including name, institution, title
    • Research proposal (6 pages maximum, including references)
      • (1) introduction and background;
      • (2) aims of the study (and hypothesis);
      • (3) methodology (include IRB status if applicable);
      • (4) statistical analysis plan; and
      • (5) significance and implications for practice
    • Itemized budget and budget justification completed within the electronic survey
    • Signed letter of support.
  • Applications must be submitted as a single PDF document in the order listed above via the following link:


Funding Expectations

  • Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 for professionals and $1,500 for students. Funds must be used to entirely support the research only (i.e. project materials, research supplies, laboratory assessments, required software, statistical analysis, modest participant incentives, etc.).
  • Funds may NOT be used for salaries, tuition, stipends, or to support indirect or overhead costs. Indirect costs include items that are associated with running the organization as a whole, such as administrative staff salaries, rent, utilities, office supplies, etc.
  • A maximum of $500 out of the potential $5,000 awards, and a maximum of $250 out of the potential $1,500 awards may be used for oncology and nutrition related travel expenses (e.g., registration, lodging).
  • All funds will be paid directly to the university or organization (not individuals).
  • Grantees are encouraged to publish results in the Oncology Nutrition Connection or a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Note that mentoring may be available for first-time publishers.
  • Grantees are expected to present a research poster outlining the study progress and results at FNCE and/or the ON DPG Symposium. Grantees may also be invited to provide a short oral presentation on research findings.
  • Proposals reviews will be blinded to reviewers and the applications will be treated as confidential information. Copies of the application will not be returned to the applicant.

If you have questions, please see the Frequently Asked Questions at or contact Colleen Spees PhD, RD at

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Application Deadline is 11:59 PM EST on October 10, 2021.

Recognition Opportunities for ON DPG Research Grantees

Past ON DPG Research Grant Award Recipients

2020-2021:  Dr. Annie Lin, PhD, RD “Cancer DietAssist App: Nutrition Made Easy for Colorectal Cancer Survivors”

2019-2020: Traci Roberts, MS, RD  "Effect of skeletal muscle loss on treatment tolerance and quality of life in breast cancer patients"

Student Winner: Joanna Wirkus, RDN, CSO "Deciphering the Role of Dietary Fat Composition in Pancreatic Carcinogenesis"

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: August 2021