BASF Call for Proposals Newtrition Asia Research Grant 2018

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 | 920 Views

Five research proposals will be awarded up to 40,000 euros (about US$49,000) each in grant support for work benefitting the health of consumers in Asia Pacific (APAC). Application is open from 26 March to 31 May 2018.

Newtrition, BASF’s human nutrition brand, launched its sixth grant call for the science-based innovation research programme—the Newtrition Asia Research Grant. This programme aims to fund and support academics in APAC to study nutritional topics that will advance research relevant to diet and health for consumers in this region.

For the first time, under the theme of “Beyond Basic Nutrition”, the research will be centred on three major areas: cardiovascular health, metabolic health, and physical function and mobility. Potential projects will study the relationship between functional ingredients and those focus health areas.

This is a change from the previous focus only on ingredients, and also serves to ensure that the grant continues to stay relevant to consumers’ evolving nutritional needs and health demands.

“Rapid economic development and urbanisation have brought about a nutritional transition in Asia as well as epidemiological changes. We have seen a shift from nutrient deficiencies to a higher incidence of chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases,” said Tina Low, vice president, global business management at BASF Human Nutrition.

She added: “Delivering the right nutrients to the right people at the right time can play a fundamental role in reducing risk factors associated with these chronic diseases. The Newtrition Asia Research Grant is an ideal platform for us to team up with academics in the region, to delve deeper into how we can play a part in overcoming these health challenges.”

Research proposals will be evaluated and selected by an expert panel, which includes eminent academics and key opinion leaders in human nutrition. The five awarded researchers will be given 18 months to work on their respective projects.

Since its inception in 2012, the programme has seen 28 projects in China, India, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia—including results published in six peer-reviewed scientific papers, being funded.

Detailed guidelines, eligibility requirements and other information about the programme are available at or by email at [email protected].

All proposals must be submitted by 31 May 2018. Recipients of the grant will be announced in the third quarter of the year.

BASF Group’s science-based work is organised into five segments, namely chemicals, performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions, and oil and gas. It currently oversees more than 115,000 employees internationally, and has generated sales worth US$79.4 billion in 2017. The group’s shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt, London, and Zurich.


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