professional development

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) has made research a priority and has created resources that each of us can use to stay current on both published research and Academy research activities and initiatives. There are many opportunities to be involved in Academy's research initiatives.

Following is a List of Our Current Research Resources

 Keep up-to-date on all the new research

The research home page on Academy's website is a dynamic resource and is updated frequently as new information becomes available.

Some of the resources that are available are listed below or go to the Academy Website for detailed information.


Dietetic Practice Based Research Network (DPBRN)

The Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network conducts, supports, promotes and advocates for research in practice-based settings. This vital research addresses questions of importance to the dietetics profession and strives to improve the delivery of food and nutrition services to enhance the health status of individuals, families and communities.

Learn more on the Academy Website.

Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and Model

The Nutrition Care Process is a systematic approach to providing high quality nutrition care.

Learn more on the Academy Website.

Standardized Nutrition Language

The use of Nutrition Diagnoses and standard terms for Nutrition Interventions and Outcomes is a key component of Academy's Standardized Nutrition Language (SNL). Academy members can access the entire Nutrition Diagnosis and Intervention: Standardized Language for the Nutrition Care Process manual on the Academy research webpage.

Learn more on the Academy Website.

Peer Network for Nutrition Diagnoses (PNND)

PNND members are taking the lead to implement SNL in their own practice settings, provide feedback to Academy on their implementation efforts, and serve as mentors to other RDs who want to implement nutrition diagnoses.

Learn more on the Academy Website.

Find funding opportunities 

COS Funding Opportunities

The following website has an exhaustive list of funding opportunities.

Learn more on the COS Website

Champions for Healthy Kids Grants Program

The Champions for Healthy Kids grants program is a partnership among the Academy Foundation, the General Mills Foundation and the President's Challenge.

Since 2002, the Champions for Healthy Kids grants program has invested more than $6 million in innovative youth nutrition and fitness programs involving more than 100,000 children across the United States. Through this grants program, the Academy Foundation helps extend the work of RDs and DTRs. The grassroots grants provide an opportunity for an RD or DTR to work with a non-profit organization and apply for funding.

Each year the Champions program will award 50 grants of $10,000 each.The annual deadline is January 15, 2009.

More information and access to the online application (available December to February) is available online at General Mills - Champions for Kids.

How can I get involved in Academy's research initiatives?

  • Keep current with Academy's research initiatives by visiting Academy's research webpage often.
  • Join Academy's Dietetic Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN).
  • Apply to become an Academy Evidence Analyst. If you think you might be interested go to the EAL Web site and click on "About" then select "Get Involved" to find out more information.