2024 MNI Grant

  • Award: €40.000
  • Submission deadline: 30 April 2024

The 2024 MNI Grant will award €40,000 for Optimal Nutritional Care

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 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.


Must be endorsed by a national PEN society listed on
An endorsement letter by the endorsing PEN society should be submitted with the application.
Nota Bene: The submissions without endorsement letter will be considered non-compliant and excluded from review.
The PEN society logo shall appear in the Poster template.

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. Multinational submissions are welcome.  

Must demonstrate progress and achievements in the next 24 months. After 24 months, the winner will be asked to report on developments.  

Previous MNI Grant winners may reapply if submitting either a new initiative, or a significant evolution from the initial winning submission. Commercial initiatives or projects already funded by the industry may be deprioritized.  

The winner will be invited to present their initiative during the 2024 ESPEN Congress.  

After the event, all submissions will be posted on 


Submissions will be reviewed by a committee from MNI and ESPEN according to the defined criteria. MNI reserves the right to split the award, or to allocate more than one grant or none, depending on the quality of submissions received. 


The following sections & information must be included:  

Project title & collaborators 

  • Title of project  
  • Contact person (name, telephone number, email address) 
  • National PEN society endorsement including:  
    a) endorsement letter from the PEN society, and  
    b) PEN society logo on the poster 

Brief description of the initiative/project  

  • Rationale/background of the initiative/project  
  • What makes it innovative?  

Scope of the project & enablers  

  • Activities: What specifically will be done?  
  • Implementation: 
    – What factors will make this initiative/project successful? What strategic approach will be taken?  
    – How will the outcomes of this initiative be implemented to improve practice? 
  • Results/outcomes & expected impact 
  • What achievements are possible in the next 12 and 24 months?  
  • What are the likely results and expected impact on patient care?  
  • What makes this initiative interesting on a national/international level?  


  • Resources planned/required (personnel/time/financial): What is the total budget of the project? How will the €40,000 be used?  
  • Has other funding been sought/achieved? Please disclose information on any other financial support – either public and/or private – already planned for the project. 


  • Submit your application using the MNI submission template.  
  • Address all the submission requirements listed above.  
  • Incomplete submissions may not be considered for review. 


Submissions and any enquiries should be e-mailed to: 


Please be aware that the MNI grant will be payable through the endorsing PEN society.  

Past grants

15th anniversary (2008-2023)

In 2008 MNI launched the MNI Grant to raise awareness on malnutrition and to reward initiatives tackling malnutrition at national level.Over the 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 the national level. In 2023, MNI will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the MNI Grant for which applications are open until April 30!


Mandatory screening implementation

The 2019 MNI Grant was awarded to the Portuguese Association of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (APNEP) for its outstanding project on mandatory screening implementation to promote...


Education for Healthcare Practice

The MNI Grant 2017 was awarded to the British Dietetic Association (BDA) / Global Centre for Nutrition and Health (NNEdPro) for its outstanding project “Nutrition...

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

In the words of MNI President 2018, Tim Meyerhoff: “MNI is grateful for the support, passion and dedication of its partners over the years and we look forward to continue working together to achieving better care through better nutrition in the following decade.” The efforts and results of these first ten years of cooperation are summarised in the below booklet.

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