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 frame of action of One Planet. One Health. This frame of action reflects Danone’s belief that the health of people and the health of the planet are inseparable. As a reflection of this principle, the goal of the “One Planet. One Health” Initiative is to foster transdisciplinary, community-based work to promote sustainable food systems.

Initiative Description and Scope

The “One Planet. One Health” Initiative is a competitive program that will select and fund up to five transdisciplinary teams in 2021 to design, implement and evaluate actionable community-based projects on sustainable food systems that contribute to the nutritional health of populations and support communication about their impact.

This initiative will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants. (Please see the Danone Institute North America website link for descriptions of past projects awarded.) Each selected team will receive a $30,000 One Planet. One Health Initiative grant to implement its project and amplify its message to a broader audience over a two-year period. 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.

As part of the initiative, selected teams will participate in a multi-day virtual program in October 2021 and four-day in-person program in spring 2022. The objectives of these programs are to provide expertise and support for enhancing projects through project-specific communication and evaluation assistance, and to facilitate the development of a community among award recipients to share ideas, offer support, and create a grassroots movement toward sustainable food systems that improve human health. Programming will include content on the relationship between sustainable food systems and human health from experts in sustainability, communication, nutrition, and economics; presentations and panels of community stakeholders involved in the sustainability food ecosystem; and panels and group discussions about working in transdisciplinary teams toward a common cause.

The in-person program will conclude with teams presenting a communications plan to support their project to a panel of experts. The team that presents the strongest communication plan as determined by the panel will be awarded an additional $10,000 prize. Throughout the 24-month award period, the teams will receive assistance by Danone Institute North America Board members to facilitate implementation, evaluation, and communication of their projects. Opportunities to stay connected with other award recipients will also be provided.

The awards will cover a 24-month period for implementing and evaluating projects. The Danone Institute North America will cover the costs of online and in-person programming and support, 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” frame of action through innovative, actionable North America-focused initiatives to promote sustainable food systems that reflect that the health of people and the health of the planet are interconnected. Examples of focus areas include: regenerative agriculture, measurement and mitigation of carbon footprint, reducing food waste, closing food systems gaps that prevent equitable and sustainable access to healthy food, promotion of balanced dietary patterns that help fight obesity, address the nutritional and specific health needs of children, and support healthy aging throughout adulthood.
  • Foster a new generation of transdisciplinary thought leaders working together and advocating for food systems solutions that can benefit the health of the public.
  • Amplify the understanding of the relationship between sustainable food systems and human health among key decision-makers and the 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, health of the population, 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, community food access 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 in-person program in spring 2022. 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?
  • Relationship between sustainability and health: How do the sustainability goals of this project relate to the health of people and the health of the planet?
  • 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 engage? 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 two-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, including the relationship between the health of the planet and the health of people.
  • Relevance and importance of the project objectives, feasibility of implementing the project and ability to assess outcomes.
  • Evidence of required skills 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.