Purpose: The USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine (CNRC WIC Center) announces the availability of funds for researcher-initiated projects to demonstrate innovative approaches to nutrition education for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The CNRC WIC Center is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).The CNRC WIC Center will coordinate activities among the funded researchers and widely disseminate findings from the research. The FNS does not anticipate any expansion of WIC program costs to adopt and implement interventions to improve nutrition behaviors. Within this constraint, examples of issues that may be explored include, but are not limited to: 

  • Innovative, effective models of nutrition education to improve short and long-term food and nutrition behavior among WIC participants
  • Innovative uses of technology and digital media to achieve desired outcomes
  • Innovative advances in communication and coordination among WIC staff, WIC participants, physicians, and child care providers to enhance existing WIC nutrition education programs and
    improve target behaviors
Receipt Date: Letter of intent due: March 22, 2013, 5 p.m. CSTApplication due: April 26, 2013, 5 p.m. CST
Total Awards: The total funds available for this initiative are $1,100,000. The organization anticipates awarding a total of 4-7 grants of $100,000 to $250,000 for up to 2 years’ duration. 
Eligibility: Faculty researchers with appointments at accredited universities, in collaboration with state or local WIC agencies are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include:

  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  •  Private Institutions of Higher Education
Link: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/wiccenter/index.cfm?PMID=23810
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