ENC Fellowship Program

Young Investigator Research Award for Early Exploration
Application Deadline: December 18, 2015

The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), in collaboration with the American Egg Board (AEB), is pleased to announce our 2016 Young Investigator Research Award for Early Exploration competition (formerly the ENC Dissertation Fellowship Award). These awards are to assist students and post-doctoral fellows in producing preliminary research results that will support future studies or enhance the scope of current research projects beyond funding limits. Examples of the types of projects include proof-of-concept studies, pre-clinical data, secondary data analysis from clinical trials, and development of research methodology. Specific ENC research priorities for 2016 include unique benefits/identification of bioactives in eggs; the role of eggs in sustainable dietary patterns; benefits of the nutrient package of eggs across the lifespan (with an emphasis on early childhood and older adult).


Applicants should be Ph.D. degree candidates or post-doctoral fellows studying nutrition or nutrition-related fields at an accredited university.

Criteria for Selection

Application Instructions

A Letter of Intent (LOI) will be used for the initial screening. The LOI is limited to 2 pages, single spaced, 11-point Arial font. The LOI should contain: title of the proposal, applicant name and contact information, applicant year of study, department and university name, brief introduction that provides a statement of the proposed work’s objectives, methods, brief budget justification, and significance/ relevance to eggs. The applicant’s curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor should accompany the LOI. These three documents should be sent as one attachment to Research@eggnutritioncenter.org.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a complete proposal. Applicants will be notified on or before January 15, 2016. Full proposals (by invitation) will be due February 19, 2016.


Awards will be issued in the form of a one-year stipend up to $20,000. Please note that the USDA authorization for ENC research allows a maximum indirect cost recovery of 10%. Award winners must agree to contribute one article to the ENC e-newsletter, Nutrition Research Update.

For Additional Information

Questions regarding research priorities, application requirements, and deadlines should be directed to Dr. Tia M. Rains, Senior Director of Nutrition Research & Communications at: trains@eggnutritioncenter.org. Or please visit our Research Program section for additional information on our research and award programs.