GFF Research Grant Program

The Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) is comprised of baking, milling, and allied companies who are dedicated to understanding the role of grain foods in a healthy lifestyle. GFF is committed to nutrition programming that is firmly rooted in sound science and engages with healthcare professionals, consumers, members, and other stakeholders, to share evidence-based information about health outcomes associated with eating grain foods as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP) is now open. The deadline to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) is Tuesday, February 28, 2023 by 11:59p.m. EST. 

GFF will review LOIs and provide details about next steps for full proposals, by Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Full proposals would be due Friday, April 7, 2023, and we intend to finalize research plans by mid-July.

GFF strictly adheres to Nutrition Research Integrity Principles, which are consistent with the Guiding Principles for Managing and Conducting Nutrition Research by Entities at Interest as developed by the American Society for Nutrition.

Grain Foods Foundation: 2023 Nutrition Research Request for Proposals

The Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) is seeking Letters of Intent (LOI) for clinical, preclinical, and observational studies that address the following topics related to all forms of grain foods.

Nutrition Across the Lifecycle

Understanding the impact of consuming grain foods on diet quality, nutrient adequacy, and/or health outcomes across the lifespan, particularly among:

  • Early years (birth-two years)
  • Pregnancy/women of child-bearing age
  • Aging adults (60 years and older)

Cardiometabolic Health

Assessing the role of grain food consumption on affecting measures of cardiometabolic health, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Weight management

Individual Dietary Behaviors and Public Health Impact

Understanding the role of grain food consumption on dietary behaviors that can help improve public health, such as:

  • Dietary trends (e.g., low-carb and similar dietary approaches)
  • Health equity and nutrition security (i.e., role of grain foods in helping ensure Americans have consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe, affordable foods essential to optimal health and well-being)

Emerging Science

Exploring how grain food consumption may affect outcomes in newer areas of nutrition research, such as:

  • Food processing, including the possible unique matrix of grain food components
  • Microbiome health, including the role of prebiotics
  • Mental wellness
  • Inflammation


  • LOIs are due by 11:59 EST, Friday, February 28, 2023.
  • Please submit LOIs to
  • GFF is planning to fund projects with a maximum budget of $150-200,000, though all projects will be considered, and additional funding may be possible.
  • Proposals will be considered for single-year and multi-year projects.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that effectively address multiple topic areas described above (e.g., cardiometabolic health outcomes among aging adults, with inflammation markers).
  • GFF policy is to allow 10% of the budget (maximum of $20,000) to be allocated for indirect costs.
  • LOIs should be limited to two (2) pages, single space, 11-point font.
  • LOIs should include:
    • Title
    • Principal investigator
    • Institution
    • Brief introduction and rationale
    • Study hypotheses and goals
    • Experimental approach
    • Budget
    • Timeline
  • Principal investigators may submit multiple LOIs.

Please send any questions to and visit to learn more about GFF’s nutrition research commitment.


Grain Foods Foundation members (comprised of baking, milling, and allied companies) provide the funding for the research program.

No. All research projects that align with our identified priorities and research integrity principles will be considered. 

The focus of the proposal does not need to be US-based. Yet, it is important that findings among international participants apply to the public health needs of the U.S. population, given GFF’s mission and programming focus.

The contract for a funded project will include timeline parameters that coincide with mid-term and final reports, including subsequent payments. We do not have a required timeline for completing and publishing research – though we do request that all research (regardless of outcome) be published in a timely manner.

No, a total cost estimate should be included, not a detailed budget. The full proposal should include a detailed budget.

No. We request that all findings be published, regardless of the outcome, and have no involvement in evidence analysis or manuscript development.