The ASN Foundation (ASNF) enhances the activities of our professional Society by deepening the ways in which ASN supports the field of nutrition. The Foundation complements and enhances ASN priorities and activities through the dissemination and application of nutrition science and education to improve public health and clinical practice worldwide, and by advancing the Society’s role as a global leader in nutrition, health, and wellness. This is accomplished through a broad portfolio of ASN Foundation activities including education, awards and scholarships, and recognition of lifetime achievement through our renowned Fellows program. The ASN Foundation also raises funds to turn current challenges facing our field into opportunities that support the future generation of our Society.

Serving the Field

The Foundation expands resources, drives interest in nutrition-related careers, supports early-career scientists and increases the skills, infrastructure, and resources of investigators, practitioners and institutions worldwide.

In 2020, our core fundraising priorities have remained consistent however the ASN Foundation has also pivoted in response to challenges on ASN members from the global pandemic. They include:

  • Support from the ASN Foundation to allow NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE to be offered free of charge, reaching a global audience of 30,000 nutrition professionals from more than 160 countries;
  • Enhancement of ASN’s Online Learning platform – more free webinars, and greater online resources for members through ASN On-Demand;
  • Providing much needed Awards and Scholarships to the diverse spectrum of ASN members from students to lifelong investigators;
  • Implementation of the recommendations and outcomes from ASN’s “Ensuring Trust in Nutrition Science,” an initiative to enhance the quality and credibility of nutrition research in both the scientific community and the public sector;
  • And, more!

Enhanced Funding Opportunities For 2021

The ASN Foundation annually offers more than two dozen awards! These awards and related financial support are more important than ever, and the ASN Foundation needs annual donations to maintain and grow our awards portfolio. If you are passionate about supporting the future generation of nutrition scientists and practitioners, please consider a generous annual donation to the ASN Foundation. Individual donations, corporate sponsored awards, named endowments, tribute/memorial funded awards, and planned giving designations are all welcomed and will have an impact on the awards program. Mid-career awards and Pilot Grants in particular are in demand.

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ASN’s Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee is developing an enhanced strategy to ensure diversity and inclusion throughout all the Society’s activities, as well as new ways to support minority and diverse audiences. Please consider a generous donation to help support this process. Please consider a generous donation to the ASN Foundation and select “Programs for Minority Investigators and Students” to designate your donation for this important effort.

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Enhancing Global Nutrition, Health, and Wellness

Advances in nutrition research and practice hold promise for addressing health challenges in the U.S. and the world, as illustrated by the Nutrition Research Priorities released by ASN. The Foundation will broaden the Society’s mission and scope beyond nutrition science, so that ASN can function as the authoritative global leader in health and wellness.

The ASN Foundation welcomes financial support from individuals and corporate partners interested advancing the Society’s current Research Priorities. To discuss options, please contact Keith Dillon at kdillon@nutrition.org.

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Board Roster

Robert M. Russell, MD (Chair)

Tufts University

Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

Michael Rosenblatt, MD

Flagship Pioneering

Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD

Tufts University

G. Harvey Anderson, PhD

University of Toronto

Bruce Bistrian, MD, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Volunteer with ASNF

Many willing volunteers are needed to achieve the ambitious goals that ASNF has established! We also accept volunteers to assist with nominating panels and selection juries for the ASN awards and scholarships.

The ASN Foundation was certified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in late 2013.

Get Involved

The current Chair of the ASN Foundation Board of Trustees is currently seeking additional Trustees (both internal and external).