Grant opportunities available for innovative WIC nutrition education projects

Nov. 1, 2012

Dr. Karen W. Cullen
Dr. Karen W. Cullen

The new USDA Center for Collaborative Research on WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine will provide funding for innovative nutrition education projects.

The CNRC WIC Center is led by Dr. Karen W. Cullen, professor of pediatrics – nutrition at the CNRC. The center will work cooperatively with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to administer the competitive process to solicit, evaluate and fund researcher-initiated, innovative WIC nutrition education projects to improve target behaviors.

WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) provides nutrition education and supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and infants and children up to 5 years of age.

The CNRC WIC Center will develop and release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in December 2012 and will provide expert advice to potential applicants during the application process. The proposals will be due in April 2013. The CNRC WIC Center website will launch Dec. 1. Check with www.kidsnutrition.org for more information.