DANONE INSTITUTE NORTH AMERICA: One Planet. One Health Initiative

Danone Institute North America announces a request for proposals for the second offering of its One Planet. One Health Initiative. Danone Institute North America is a non-profit innovation center managed by Danone North America, a subsidiary of the global food and beverage company Danone, which has a mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible and a global vision of One Planet. One Health. This vision reflects Danone’s belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are inseparable. As a reflection of this vision, the goal of the One Planet. One Health Initiative is to foster transdisciplinary, community-based work to promote sustainable food systems globally.

Initiative Description and Scope

The One Planet. One Health Initiative is a competitive program that will select and fund up to four transdisciplinary teams in 2020 to design, implement and evaluate actionable community-based projects on sustainable food systems that contribute to the nutritional health of populations.

This initiative will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants. Each selected team will receive a $20,000 One Planet. One Health Initiative Innovation Award to implement its project and amplify its message to a broader audience. Teams may use this grant mechanism to supplement current funding from other sources, but new project aims must be developed for the One Planet. One Health Initiative funding.

Selected teams will attend a four-day program in October 2020 in Boulder, Colorado, hosted by Danone Institute North America, that will include content on sustainable food systems from experts in sustainability, implementation science, communication, nutrition, and economics as well as presentations and panels of community stakeholders involved in the sustainability food ecosystem. The objectives of the program are to provide expertise and support for enhancing projects through project-specific communication and evaluation assistance, and to facilitate the development of a community of innovators among award recipients to share ideas, offer support, and create a grass-roots movement toward sustainable food systems.

The four-day program will conclude with teams presenting their communications plan to a panel of experts. The team that presents the best communication plan for their project will be awarded an additional $10,000 prize. During and following the program, the teams will receive assistance by Danone Institute North America Board members to facilitate implementation, communication, and evaluation of their projects. Opportunities to stay connected with other award recipients will also be provided.

The awards will cover a 12-month period for implementing and evaluating projects. The Danone Institute North America will cover the costs of the program in Boulder, including transportation, meals and lodging for up to four team members. The outcomes of these projects will be communicated to the Danone Institute North America networks and broader groups of external stakeholders.

Specific Objectives of the One Planet. One Health Initiative

  • Advance Danone’s One Planet. One Health vision through innovative, actionable North America-focused initiatives to promote sustainable food systems that contribute to the nutritional health of populations.
  • Foster a new generation of transdisciplinary thought leaders working together and advocating for food systems solutions that can benefit the public.
  • Amplify the understanding of sustainable food systems among the press and public.
  • Forge new networks and collaborative relationships among Danone North America, Danone Institute North America, academic institutions in North America, community groups involved with food sustainability issues and broader food systems disciplines.

Team Requirements

To be eligible for this initiative, each team must meet the following requirements:

  • Teams should include four core team members representing diverse disciplines related to food systems, including, but not limited to, nutrition, health, economics, agriculture, and social or environmental sciences. All team members must actively work together on the project rather than serving exclusively in an advisory role.
  • At least one team member must be a faculty member from a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education. The team may include other academic members, other professionals and practitioners, such as dining directors, community leaders or agricultural experts.
  • While more team members may be involved, only four will attend the program in Boulder. To the extent possible, the four team members named in the application should be the team members who will be attending the program.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals must include the following components:

  • A description of the project (limited to 2,000 words)
  • Specific aims (What are the objectives of this project?)
  • Plans for designing and implementing the project including a timeline (What will the project look like and what is the timeline for activities?)
  • Plans for evaluation including a description of outcome measures (How will the effectiveness of the project be determined?)
  • A description of the broader community or venue that will be participating in and impacted by this project (What community groups will the project work with? How will the community benefit from participation in this project?)
  • A communications plan that includes plans to amplify project results to a broader audience (How will the results of the project be communicated?)
  • The transdisciplinary nature of the project (What disciplines or stakeholder groups are involved with the project?)
  • A detailed budget for a one-year project that includes how the funds will be spent throughout the project. Indirect or overhead costs may not be included in the budget and funding does not allow for faculty salary support.
  • CV/resume of each of the team members who will attend the four-day program.

Applications will be judged by Danone Institute North America based on:

  • Strength of project proposal in addressing One Planet. One Health Initiative objectives.
  • Relevance and feasibility of the project objectives, implementation and outcome measures.
  • Evidence of ability and resources to successfully complete the proposed project.
  • Evidence of a transdisciplinary team.
  • Value to the field as it relates to the amplification potential and connection to the nutritional health of populations.
  • Budget appropriate to the work