The Shaklee Grant Program for Brain Health Research
Within the Shaklee Grants Program, there is a newly established program with targeted funding directed towards research on the role of dietary supplements in supporting brain health. The application procedure is identical to that for the main grants program.
Request for Proposals (RFP) The deadline for the first round of brain health proposals (following requirements of Step 1 in the application process below) is December 15, 2014.
As with all Shaklee grants, animal studies will not be considered, and university or non-profit research institution overheads/indirect costs are not included. Investigators who have secured funding elsewhere and are requesting from Shaklee only marketed product, with or without a matching placebo, can submit proposals at any time.
Study questions most likely to receive funding under this program will involve evaluation of nutritional ingredients or ingredient combinations suitable for use in dietary supplements for either acute (e.g., short-term memory, concentration, reaction time) and/or long-term improvements to or maintenance of cognitive function in healthy adults. Because dietary supplements cannot make disease-related claims, proposals that involve diseased populations are less likely to receive funding; requests for donation of test materials only are more likely to be supported in such instances.
If you are interested in exploring this funding opportunity, please contact email@example.com for further information.
Requests for General Proposals
You are invited to submit a proposal on research related to any of our nutritional products for consideration by our Scientific Review Committee. Shaklee research grants provide funding and/or products in support of health research activities that involve nutrition, particularly those using dietary supplements. Proposals that leverage costs through cooperation with other funding sources are of prime interest. Below are guidelines to submit grant proposals.
Eligible applicantsProposals from academic investigators in the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia.
About Shaklee products
Shaklee’s product portfolio has a wide range of dietary supplements including, but not limited to vitamins, minerals, phytonutrient blends, and meal replacements shakes and bars. Specific products for adults and children are available, as are products tailored for different health needs. Further information about our products can be found at www.shaklee.com. If you have interest in a study involving any of Shaklee’s personal care or household products, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Projects must address pertinent health issues relevant to dietary supplements. Shaklee will consider research submissions in most health related areas, but priority will be given to studies using populations that are generalizable to the countries where Shaklee products are sold. Preference will be given to randomized, controlled studies using valid, reliable scientific methodology.
Shaklee does not support animal research.
Possible study questions to be explored, but are not limited to:
Effects of weight loss using the Shaklee 180 program on diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Effects of vitamins, minerals, and/or phytonutrient blends on biomarkers of health.
Role of a polyphenol/resveratrol blend on health outcomes.
How to Apply
Prepare a one-page letter of intent cover page (MS Word) downloadable from the link below.
Describe the scientific project, including Specific AIMS and hypotheses, on a maximum of 2 pages on Institutional letterhead, 1 inch margins, font-size no smaller than 11 point font.
Prepare an NIH style biosketch (4 pages maximum) of the principal investigator only, if the principal investigator is a postdoctoral fellow, the biosketch of the mentor should also be included. Alternatively, submit an academic CV.
Files (MS Word) are downloadable from the link below
Biosketch (PI and postdoctoral mentor, if applicable) Please create one PDF of the above listed documents with the file name: LASTNAME-NRG LOI_2013.
Successful applicants selected by Shaklee’s Scientific Review Committee, will be contacted and will be invited to submit a proposal of no more than 4 pages (plus references, one page for budget and justification, and biosketch pages). The application should contain the following sections:
Background, Relevance, and Novelty of Research
Timeline and Schedule of Deliverables
Budget and Budget Justification (Note: Shaklee grants do not include university overheads.)
Biosketch (2 page maximum) for each Investigator and mentor if applicable
Criteria for evaluating applications
Responsiveness to the intent of the announcement
Novelty of the research
Feasibility of producing meaningful research results within two years of the award
Feasibility of meeting budgetary constraints
Adequacy of proposed timeline and schedule of deliverables
Post award requirements
An IRB Approval Letter is necessary prior to receiving award or shipment of program meals. Awardees are required to submit a final report including a statement of financial expenditure.
The PI on any supported clinical trial is required to register the study with the National Clinical Trial Registry. Data obtained from these studies may be used to support claims for the Shaklee products. Principal Investigators are required to work with Shaklee Corporation to provide support in preparing claims for the Shaklee products.
As the author of this blog, I have based my writings upon my own experiences, beliefs and extensive research regarding the topics covered in my blog. However, I am not a medical doctor, nurse or professional nutritionist or otherwise formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Quotes are based upon the opinions of this author and others who contributed to this blog. All diet decisions should be made with approval of your health care provider. This blog is intended to motivate and encourage readers to make healthy decisions after consulting with a qualified health care professional. Therefore, please read my blog and use the information that you derive from it appropriately and at your own risk.