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Sanford Health - NDSU Research Seed Grant

In 2014, Sanford Health and North Dakota State University (NDSU) partnered together to conduct collaborative research on human nutrition, weight management and other dietary-related areas as part of a seed-grant initiative developed between the two organizations. The research will address key objectives of the Profile by Sanford® program.

Profile is a weight-management program that uses customized meal plans, health coaches and real-time technology. It was developed by Sanford physicians and researchers.

NDSU researchers will have opportunities to collaborate with investigators from Sanford Research on topics like metabolism, food choices and consumption, prenatal nutrition, genetics, development of sensors that monitor wellness factors and food manufacturing and nutritional interactions with the human microbiome. Research findings relevant to Profile will be considered as the program evolves and expands.

Programmatic Themes

NDSU faculty are invited to submit proposals that identify issues, advance scientific understanding and make progress toward solving critical problems in human nutrition and related problems.

Priority activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Human nutrition and metabolism (may include use of appropriate animal models)
  • Human behavior related to food choices and consumption
  • Study of the human microbiome (may include use of appropriate animal models)
  • Epigenetics, with specific interest in prenatal nutrition
  • Genetics, nutrigenomics, and metabolomics
  • Development of sensors that monitor wellness factors
  • Analytics of large and dynamic data sets resulting from wellness sensors
  • Processing and manufacturing improvements of the Profile protein supplement

Connecting with Sanford Researchers

Collaboration with a Sanford Research investigator is encouraged, but not required for this program.  However, proposals including such collaborations will be considered favorably by reviewers of proposals. 

If you are interested in applying for the Sanford Health - NDSU Research Seed Grant program but don't have a Sanford collaborator. NDSU Business Development can help find potential collaborators.  Email a short (1-2 paragraph) summary of research interests and we will work with our counterparts at Sanford Research to identify researchers/physicians at Sanford with overlapping interests/areas of expertise.

Program Details

A new RFP will be out in the beginning of January 2018. Applications are expected to be due in February 2018. 

2016 Award Recipients

Hackney, KyleHealth, Nutrition & Exercise SciencesProtein Intake and Muscular Health with Aging:  Effects of Increased Physical Activity$76,000
Qian, StevenPharmaceutical SciencesDownregulation of D5D to Exploit Anti-cancer Effects of omega-6 Diet Supplementation for Colon Cancer Treatment$87,000

Steffen, Kristine
Brooks, Amanda

Pharmaceutical SciencesThe Effect of Nutrient Intake and Probiotic Administration on Weight and Glucoregulation Before and After Bariatric Surgery$87,000

2015 Award Recipients

Hackney, KyleHealth, Nutrition & Exercise SciencesProtein Intake and Muscular Health with Aging$77,270
Irish, LeahPsychologyTemporal Dynamics of Sleep and Energy Consumption and Expenditure$77,636

Reindl, Katie

Biological SciencesDietary Flaxseed to Prevent Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in American Indian Smokers$95,087

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