MNI Grant 2020

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.


Award: €30,000

Deadline: 15 May 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. Potential 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 deprioritised.

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 and the submission template (as a guidance on how to structure contents of your application).

Submissions and any enquiries should be e-mailed to: