MNI Grant

The MNI grant rewards national initiatives or research projects for Optimal Nutritional Care. The objective is to support and/or inspire high quality initiatives. Over the past 10 years, the MNI Grant has supported or stimulated ambitious initiatives – endorsed by PEN (or sister) societies worldwide – which have contributed to improving nutritional care policies at national level. The efforts and results of these projects are now summarised in the MNI Booklet "10 Years of MNI Grant - The Value of Cooperation".

Last update, 16 June: 15 qualifying applications received for the 2020 MNI Grant, now under evaluation - The winner will be announced in September.

Download MNI Booklet "10 Years of MNI Grant - The Value of Cooperation" (2008-2018)

Link to past grants


MNI GRANT CRITERIA 2020 - Deadline extended until 15 June 2020

Award: €30,000

Extended deadline: 15 June 2020

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be endorsed by a national PEN-, sister-, or other society (worldwide) listed on
  • Must focus on quantifiable advancements in one or more of the following areas of clinical nutrition:
    • Evidence of improved patient outcomes
    • Effective screening and treatment pathways
    • Reduction in prevalence of malnutrition risk
    • Demonstration of health economic benefits
    • Progressive collaborations with multidisciplinary stakeholders including patients and carers
    • Education of medical students / healthcare professionals strategies to implement and advance nutritional care in clinical practice
  • Focus on a broad population is highly desirable. This also includes a focus on nutritional care activities in individuals with (risk of) SARS-CoV-2Potential of the initiative to influence national nutrition policy and/or to transfer to other settings or geographies is highly desirable.
  • Must demonstrate progress and achievements in the next 24 months.

Previous MNI Grant winners may reapply if submitting either a new initiative, or a significant evolution from the initial winning submission.

Commercial initiatives may be deprioritized.

At the 2020 ESPEN Congress, the winner will be invited to present their initiative during the Joint session Optimal Nutrition Care for All.

After the event, all submissions will be posted on

After 24 months, the winner will be asked to report on developments.

For more information on the submission requirements and process, download the flyer here below and the submission template (as a guidance on how to structure contents of your application).

Submissions and any enquiries should be e-mailed to: secretariat(at)

Download Flyer 2020 MNI Grant

Download MNI Submission Template