The Peanut Institute Foundation: Peanut Nutrition Grants

The Peanut Institute Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) entity that funds research in the area of peanut nutrition. We are requesting scientific proposals that enhance our understanding of how consuming peanuts, peanut butter, and peanut products affects health in various populations. For the 2024-2025 cycle, there are two grants that applicants can choose from. You can choose to apply for one or both opportunities:

General Research Grant: $25,000 – $250,000
Areas of interest include: brain health (eg., cognition/mental health/sleep quality); cancer prevention and management; vascular health; type 2 diabetes; child health and obesity; energy and vitality (eg., weight management, fitness, appetite, satiety, nutrient/energy absorption or bioavailability, inflammation). We are also interested in projects that incorporate themes of food as medicine, health equity, and healthy aging, and personalized nutrition. Other research areas that increase the understanding of peanut consumption and human health are also encouraged. The suggested funding amount: $25,000 – $250,000. Requests to continue multi-year projects can be submitted annually; however, the proposed budget for the project’s entirety must not exceed the award ceiling.

Any scientist/researcher affiliated with a research institution or organization (public or private) that has the facilities to deliver results and that demonstrates the expertise to perform peanut nutrition research described above is eligible to apply. Both US and international researchers are eligible to apply.

Public Health Research Grant: $350,000— $650,000
As part of a special research series, The Peanut Institute Foundation is requesting proposals on the effect of consumption of peanuts/peanut products in the diet on human health, and for reducing the public health burden of chronic diseases. Specifically, we are looking for robust designs, including large scale and/or long-term human studies. The committee’s areas of interest include:
Child health, including obesity-related and non-obesity-related chronic diseases
Reducing chronic disease burden among adults in clinical settings
Novel approaches for managing and improving outcomes in prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, or gestational diabetes
Liver or kidney disease
Cancer prevention and/or management
Other chronic diseases
Priority will be given to studies that incorporate one of the following themes:
Health equity
Food as medicine
Healthy aging
The foundation is also interested in understanding the economic impact for public health of the proposed study. Lab-based and/or animal studies are not appropriate for this grant.

Any scientist/researcher affiliated with a research institution or organization (public or private) that has the facilities to deliver results and that demonstrates the expertise to perform peanut nutrition research described above is eligible to apply. The main PI should be based in the US.