Alliance for Potato Research & Education

2017 Request for Research Proposals: Letter of Intent

Feb 15, 2017

General/Overall Health

The Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) is dedicated to funding research in a credible and transparent manner that a) expands knowledge about the nutritional properties of potatoes, and b) explores the role of potatoes in a healthy diet.

For calendar year 2017, APRE announces its key research priorities and seeks letters of intent (LOI) for clinical, preclinical and observational studies that address the following issues:

Potatoes in a Healthy Lifestyle

• Impact of potatoes on short-term physical performance and/or recovery in well-trained athletes
• Impact of potato consumption by toddlers on diet quality and various health indices, particularly in food desert areas

Potatoes in Healthy Dietary Patterns

• Impact of potatoes in plant- vs animal protein-based diets on various health indices
• Impact of potatoes alone or as a part of various healthy meals on glycemic index and/or satiety

Potato Consumption in Cardiometabolic Health and Disease

• Impact of potato consumption on Type II diabetes, glycemic control and/or overweight/obesity
• Impact of potato consumption on markers of cardiovascular health and disease, serum lipids, etc.

Gut Microbiome

• Impact of potato resistant starch on gut microbiome
• Impact of processing on the resistant starch content, calorie content and glycemic index of a potato

The LOI is due by Friday, March 10, 2017. Please send the LOI to APRE will fund projects with a maximum budget of $200,000.

The LOI should be limited to 2 pages, single space, 11-point font and should include: title, principal investigator, institution, brief introduction, study hypotheses, study aims, experimental approach, budget and timeline. Principal investigators may submit multiple LOIs.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be reviewed by recognized content experts.

APRE will hold all information provided by the researcher in confidence while your LOI is under consideration.

Please direct any questions to APRE at

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