The development of parenteral (intravenous) nutrition in 1968, an innovative therapy aimed at nourishing individuals during illness, provided an option to healthcare clinicians concerned with their patients’ nutritional status. The newly developed therapy resulted in the founding, in 1975, of an organization, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), dedicated to providing optimal nutrition to all people, under all conditions, at all times.
To that end, ASPEN is accepting applications to its annual Rhoads Research Foundation Grants program. Through the program, grants of $25,000 (renewable for one year) and $10,000 (non-renewable) will be awarded to exceptional early-career investigators in support of clinical metabolic and nutrition support research in alignment with the priorities outlined in the ASPEN Research Agenda.
Research supported by the foundation includes both basic science-oriented investigations aimed at improving the understanding of the science of nutrient regulation in different disease states, as well as clinical and translational research to determine how the practice of nutrition support can continue to be refined and individualized to optimize clinical outcomes.
To be eligible, candidates must be within ten years of completing a terminal research degree, medical residency, or the end of their postgraduate clinical training (or the equivalent) and be at or below the rank of assistant professor or at the rank of assistant professor for fewer than two years. Applicants who are still in training are also eligible to apply. Corporate employees are eligible to receive grants if the research project is not part of their normal duties and they have at least a part-time academic appointment or are associated with a professional institute that conducts nutrition research. Early-career criteria apply.
ASPEN membership is required prior to the submission of the grant application.
See the ASPEN website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.