Grant Application


Letters of intent and full proposals should be submitted electronically in accordance with the deadlines established in each year’s request for proposals. Fellowship and research grant documents should be in PDF format. File names should be 50 characters or less and start with the last name of the applicant. Please ensure documents are formatted as instructed in the request for proposals.  Notify of any technical difficulties with the submission process.

Research and Grants


The Egg Nutrition Center prides itself in being able to annually support research that advances the understanding of the value of eggs as part of a healthy diet. Our research grants are administered through a competitive process that engages the expertise of external scientists to evaluate grant proposals. All projects must adhere to strict research integrity principles (see below) and abide by the core values of objectivity, accountability and transparency.

Our 2022 request for proposals targets research that can help advance understanding in the role of eggs and egg-related nutrients within healthy diet patterns.  We are especially interested in proposals that aim to investigate potential differences across ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age groups, or other relevant subgroups that address the following questions:


In their 2019 Science Advisory on dietary cholesterol, the American Heart Association states, “Patients with dyslipidemia, particularly those with diabetes mellitus or at risk for heart failure, should be cautious in consuming foods rich in cholesterol.” (Dietary Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Risk: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association.  Circulation, 2019)

    • What is the health impact of including eggs as part of healthy diet patterns in people with dyslipidemia/at risk for cardiovascular disease?
    • Does individual variation in response to dietary cholesterol impact health outcomes in people at risk for cardiovascular disease?


How do egg yolks, as part of healthy dietary patterns, impact health across the lifespan? For example, how do vitamins, minerals, fat, or carotenoids in egg yolks impact health outcomes?  Could egg yolks/components of egg yolks be used as a targeted approach to optimize health?


How does egg consumption in early life impact child health and development outcomes?  This could be related to maternal dietary patterns during pregnancy and lactation, complementary feeding, or preschool and elementary years, for example.  

This request for proposals includes both Young Investigator and Principal Investigator awards.  See the guidance provided for each type of award.  Letters of intent (LOI) for both should be submitted by
February 9, 2022 to  Selected applicants will be notified the week of February 28, 2022 and will be invited to submit a full proposal. 

Please also see “Discovery Grant” below for topics that fall outside of this annual call for research proposals.  We are always looking for innovative projects that may address current research gaps and will accept LOIs throughout the year.  Priority for funding will be for proposals that address the three topics above, in our annual call for research proposals.

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Principal Investigator Grant


American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center research grant program is administered with funds provided by America’s egg farmers. The program is intended for faculty and/or senior research associates (see below for awards intended for Young Investigators). The grant cycle begins with a request for proposals (RFP) using a letter of intent (LOI). Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. All full proposals are peer-reviewed by external nutrition science experts. ENC research interests and deadlines will be updated as funding allows. Please note that that ENC allows indirect costs of no more than 10%.

Please see “Common Grant Questions” below.  Other questions can be directed to


Young Investigator Award

American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center is proud to support young scientists through our Young Investigator Research Award for Early Exploration. These awards are to assist students and post-doctoral fellows in producing preliminary research results that will support future studies or enhance the scope of current research projects beyond funding limits. Examples of the types of projects include proof-of-concept studies, pre-clinical data, secondary data analysis from clinical trials, and development of research methodology.

Applicants should submit a LOI in response to the RFP and indicate on the LOI that it is for a Young Investigator Award while also providing the name of the major advisor or Principal Investigator that will be supervising the project.

Awards will be issued in the form of a one-year stipend up to $25,000. Funding can be used for research supplies, and travel to present at a national meeting. Please note that ENC allows indirect costs of no more than 10%.

Please see “Common Grant Questions” below.  Other questions can be directed to

Discovery Grant

Do you have an egg nutrition research idea that is unrelated to the annual call for research proposals? We would love to hear from you! While funds outside of the annual call for research proposals are limited, we are always looking for innovative projects that may address current research gaps. Please send a LOI (PDF link provided above) to Please specify “Discovery Grant” for the section “Research Priorities to be Addressed.” We will confirm receipt of the LOI, but a timeline for review/potential for funding will fluctuate, depending on available funds.

Please see “Common Grant Questions” below.  Other questions can be directed to

Integrity Guidelines

Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) believes in the importance of understanding how eggs fit into healthy diets and the capacity of nutrition research to expand our knowledge base. Funded by egg farmers and guided by nutrition scientists and registered dietitians, ENC supports research on the role of eggs as part of a healthy diet. In order to maintain integrity and transparency, and to help minimize the potential for bias due to funding source, ENC abides by integrity guidelines informed by accepted scientific practice and guiding principles.

In accordance with these guiding principles, the Egg Nutrition Center grants academic independence in the design, implementation, analysis, interpretation, and ability to report and publish all findings of any sponsored research. Investigators are also contractually bound to transparently report the Egg Nutrition Center, other financial sponsors, and/or any inherent or perceived conflicts of interests in all publications, presentations or communications (e.g., media interviews).

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All Egg Nutrition Center research relationships and relevant parties shall:

  • Publish all findings of any sponsored research, regardless of the outcome;
  • Conduct or sponsor research that is factual, transparent, and designed objectively; according to accepted principles of scientific inquiry, the research design will generate an appropriately phrased hypothesis and the research will answer the appropriate questions, rather than favor a particular outcome;
  • Require control of both study design and research itself to remain with scientific investigators;
  • Not offer or accept remuneration geared to the outcome of a research project;
  • Prior to the commencement of studies, ensure that there is a written agreement that the investigative team has the freedom and obligation to publish the findings within some specified time-frame;
  • Require, in publications and conference presentations, full signed disclosure of all financial interests;
  • Not participate in undisclosed paid authorship arrangements in industry-sponsored publications or presentations;
  • Guarantee accessibility to all data and control of statistical analysis by investigators and appropriate auditors/reviewers; and
  • Require that academic researchers, when they work in contract research organizations (CRO) or act as contract researchers, make clear statements of their affiliation; require that such researchers publish only under the auspices of the CRO.

Common Grant Questions

ENC research allows a maximum indirect cost recovery of 10%.

Proposed budget and timeline should align with work proposed. Principal investigator salary may be included up to a maximum of 20% if justified.

ENC strives to notify investigators of research awards by the end of the second quarter of the calendar year. Based on prior years, final contracts are typically executed by the end of the third quarter, with first payments distributed late during that calendar year.

ENC typically receives 40-50 LOIs each year.

Although the number fluctuates year to year, approximately 15 full proposals are requested from the pool of LOIs. From these applications, approximately 50% are funded in part or in full.

ENC accepts LOIs from investigators outside of the United States.

ENC has co-funded several projects with other organizations and encourages investigators to seek co-funding opportunities. Questions regarding co-funded projects should be directed to

ENC utilizes external experts in nutrition science and related fields to review grant submissions, focusing on the following key questions:

  • Are the hypotheses and objectives sound and achievable?
  • Is the experimental design appropriate for addressing the proposed objectives?
  • Does the investigative team have the expertise and facilities to execute the protocol?
  • Does the proposal align with the priority research areas outlined each year?

Decisions for funding are based on the recommendations of these experts as well as current research priorities.

Addition, Not Subtraction to Best Support Clients

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Addition, Not Subtraction To Best Support Clients

Angela Gomez, RDN

Nutritious Dietary Patterns


Key messages

  • Focusing on what can be added rather than reduced or eliminated, when it comes to behavior change, may help build a growth mind-set and build self-efficacy in the clients we work with.
  • Supporting clients on their health journey by adding to the behaviors they are already engaged in is a more collaborative and positive approach that may increase success and reduce harm.

When discussing behavior change, emphasizing addition (rather than harping on subtraction), can create a mind shift in the individuals and families we work with. Focusing on the addition of health behaviors gives people more options and helps create an experimental environment, rather than a “pass-fail” environment. If we help develop this skill in parents or guardians, then they, in turn, can influence their family in a similar way. This is where the “think addition, not subtraction” phrase comes into play.

I have used this phrase in my work with private clients, youth sports teams, collegiate athletes, and clients with eating disorders. In my sessions, I’ll often redirect the “subtraction talk” and ask open-ended questions to elicit some “addition talk”. I am not as concerned with emphasizing the behavior a client wants to avoid; I am interested in the behavior they want to change – given what they have available to them now (i.e., time, food accessibility, etc.). There is hope and positivity in the idea of adding small behavior modifications, whereas only focusing on avoiding habitual behaviors can feel defeating.

Need more convincing on why we should emphasize addition over subtraction? Here are three reasons to consider implementing this mindset in your own practice:

1. Subtraction represents rules and restrictions, while addition calls attention to abundance and provides options. Restriction emphasizes the “don’t” without providing options for the “do”. There are simply more possibilities with addition. Supporting clients as they build a growth mindset fosters agency, self-efficacy, and honesty in their journey towards owning their positive health behaviors. In more vulnerable populations, such as clients with eating disorders, encouraging subtractions (or restrictions) will not aid in their recovery process.

Instead of: “Stop eating ‘junk food’ or no more ‘junk food’.”
Try: “What foods would you like to add? How do you feel about brainstorming some snack ideas together that incorporate the foods you’d like to add?”
Benefit: You are discussing foods the client is already interested in adding, instead of directing the client toward restrictions (and creating stress in the process).

2. Focusing on addition fosters a relationship of collaboration between the provider and the client. Many of our clients want to please their healthcare providers and don’t want to “fail”. We can encourage the people we work with to get out of this “pass or fail” mindset by emphasizing addition and treating goals like experiments. We can accept that clients are experts of their own bodies, experiences, and lives. We have the education and experience in our field, and more importantly, our clients have the experience of being in their own bodies and living their day-to-day life. Working collaboratively sets the client up for success as we guide and support them on their health journey.

Instead of: “You should eat breakfast every morning.”
Try: “What days work for you to eat something in the morning, even if it is not a full meal – like having some hard-boiled eggs? What are some foods that sound appealing to eat in the morning?”
Benefit: You open the door to possibilities that appeal to the client, and the client tells you what days they may be able to try and eat something for breakfast. Therefore, the focus is not eating breakfast seven days a week; instead it is creating manageable change by encouraging something in the morning when it works for the client.

3. Focusing on subtraction turns individualized care into generalized care. All of our clients do not have the same access or the same ability to work towards your idea of a desirable health behavior. If you are speaking to a family who has limited resources, it may be harmful to recommend specific subtractions (such as “don’t eat canned foods because they are too high in sodium”). If you are telling individuals to remove a food that strongly connects to their family or culture, it is unlikely they will comply. We need to work with the client to tailor the behavior modification to meet them where they are.

The health of the whole being is the most important. Relying on subtractions will restrict, and may ultimately hinder not only your relationship with the client, but also their personal progress. No one wants more rules to follow or more things to avoid. Shifting to addition will encourage our clients to focus on building positive, sustainable behaviors that work within their current lives, work for their families, and allow progress to occur at their own pace.

Angela Gomez, RDN is based out of both Peoria and Phoenix, Arizona and is a School Nutrition Dietitian, an Eating Disorder Dietitian, and a volunteer Dietitian for a collegiate soccer team.

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