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May 11, 2012

Request for Proposals: Health Food, Healthy Lives Institute Spring 2012

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is requesting applications for small research grants to fund student research and/or other activities related to broadening interdisciplinary learning in the areas of food, agriculture, and human health. Funds will be distributed through a competitive review process. The grants to be funded through this program must utilize novel and innovative approaches to answer potentially high impact research questions. The request should seek to establish cross-disciplinary learning and engagement.

For this grant cycle, HFHL plans to award a total of up to $30,000. Applicants may seek grant funds ranging from $2000-$10,000. Applicants must be current University of Minnesota students in good standing who are enrolled in postbaccalaureate programs and working towards a doctoral, master's, or professional degree.

The deadline for submission is 4:30 pm on Monday, July 9, 2012. By the deadline, an electronic copy of the grant application must be emailed to hfhl@umn.edu and hard copies must be submitted to Jawad Towns, Program Coordinator, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, Food Science and Nutrition, 225 FScN, 1334 Eckles Avenue St Paul, MN 55108. Awards will be announced the week of August 6, 2012.

For more information regarding the application and instructions visit: http://www.hfhl.umn.edu/GrantPrograms/index.htm

May 7, 2012

Local Foods Community-University Networking Gathering


Please join the University of Minnesota's Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute (HFHL), the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) for a community-university networking gathering to discuss potential research projects andhow to partner on your local foods work. It will be a perfect opportunity for potential collaborators to share a couple of hours of creative thought and discussion.
Attend to learn more about the funding mechanisms that HFHL, CURA and IAS currently employ to support local foods related work. Participants are encouraged to think widely about the possibilities and interests within their work that could benefit from a community/university collaboration.

It will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the University Hotel Minneapolis. Please RSVP by submitting this brief form by Tuesday, May 15 here.

Free parking is available. Appetizers will be served. A cash bar will be available and guests are welcome to a complimentary beverage. For more information contact Jawad Towns: jtowns@umn.edu or 612-626-6425.