MNI Grant

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. 

With 2023 marking the 15th anniversary of the MNI Grant for Optimal Nutritional Care, MNI recently organised a series of interviews to look back at previous ambitious initiatives and their successes at improving nutritional care policies at the national level, starting with 2023 Grant. You can read the interview series here.

Link to past grants



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

Selection Criteria

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 

Selection Process

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.

Submission Requirements (Poster Prerequisites)

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.

Submission Process

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

Award payment

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

Submission Deadline: 30 April 2024 

Submissions and any enquiries should be e-mailed to: secretariat(at)

Download the 2024 MNI Grant Flyer

Download the 2024 MNI Grant submission Template

Video - MNI Grant 15th anniversary & advice for applicants