Current Research

In the past considerable funding has been allocated to research projects, particularly in human and animal nutrition and crop husbandry, but due to the escalating costs and to the fact that other organisations are often able to make a more meaningful contribution to this area, research currently forms a smaller part of the Funds' work.

To view details of research projects supported to date please select from main menu.

Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Committee New Investigator Awards

This grant is available to newly-appointed lecturers, researchers or fellows with their own independent support, working in a UK institution, within the first two years of their first such appointment. 

Post-Graduate Studentships in Human Nutrition

Awards have been made to the following:

  • 2008 Award - The University of Dundee (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2009 Award - MRC Human Nutrition Research at Cambridge ((£10,000 per annum for 3 years)
  • 2010 Award - The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen (£10,000 per annum for 3 years).
  • 2011 Award - Human Nutrition Research Centre, University of Newcastle (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2012 Award - School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds (£10,000 per annum for 3 years)
  • 2013 Award - The University of Aberdeen (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2014 Award - The University of Surrey (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2015 Award - The University of Southampton (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2016 Award - The University of Nottingham (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2017 Award - The University of Bath (£10,000 per annum for 4 years)
  • 2018 Award - Northumbria University (£10,000 per annum for 3 years)
  • 2019 Award - The University of Reading (10,000 per annum for 4 years)

The maximum grant is £10,000 p.a. for 4 years which can be used partially to fund a studentship with support from a Research Council, Charity or other source.

Student Vacationships in Nutrition and Crop Husbandry

This scheme is to help young researchers pay for appropriate assistance during university vacations.  The intention is to provide undergraduate students nearing the end of their study with direct experience of working in a research laboratory to stimulate students to pursue a career in scientific research.  

Rank Lectures

Lectures are sponsored to allow distinguished speakers to give keynote presentations at some of the annual meetings of prestigious scientific organisations.

The Rank Prize Funds Forums

The principle of a forum is to assemble a group of some 20 established scientists wishing to explore a topic of especial interest or timeliness over a period of some days.  The topic should fall in the fields of human nutrition, animal nutrition, crop husbandry, either singly (eg obesity in 5-year olds) or in any combination (eg brassica culture and mammalian health); these disciplines are interpreted widely.

The venue is likely to be at a university or research institute, which will be expected to organise and administer the event.  All reasonable costs (including travel, meals, accommodation) will be met by the Rank Prize Funds.

Expressions of potential interest are invited from institutions or individual groups.  Email, including an outline of the topic (up to a page of A4) and the proposed venue, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more detailed information. There are no application forms. The Committee will consider applications and select those that best meet the Rank Prize Funds' charitable objects.