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APRE Grant Program

APRE’s research program was created to extend the understanding of the nutritional value of potatoes. APRE is committed to the scientific integrity of industry funded research. In accordance with this commitment, APRE implements a number of strategies to help support sound and credible scientific research on the role of potatoes in the diet.

Request for Research Proposals: Letter of Intent

 

The Alliance for Potato Research & 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 2019, 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 Cardiometabolic Health

  • Impact of various forms and preparations of whole, white potatoes on health indices in subjects with metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes
  • Longer-term (eight weeks or greater) impact of diets that include white potatoes in various forms on markers of cardiometabolic health/disease

Potatoes in Healthy Dietary Patterns

  • Carbohydrate Quality: what it means; metrics for measuring carbohydrate quality; high- or low-quality carbohydrate foods in the context of diet and/or lifestyle patterns.
    • Role of nutrient density in determining carbohydrate quality: health implications of macro- and micronutrients and their impact on overall carbohydrate quality
  • Effects of plant-based diets/plant proteins, including foods like potatoes and pulses, on body weight and related health indices in healthy subjects
  • Health profile of population/ethnic groups for whom white potatoes and/or potato products are a staple food
  • Potatoes as a part of a healthy/sustainable diet

Potatoes in Healthy Lifestyles/Life Stages

  • Impact of white potatoes/potato products on physical/athletic performance and muscle repair/muscle accretion before, during and/or after physical activity
  • Impact of white potatoes and/or potato products on overall nutrient intake and health indices as a first food, in toddlers and/or in school aged children

The LOI is due by Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Please send the LOI to [email protected].

APRE tends to fund projects with a maximum budget of $200,000, but will consider projects with larger budgets in exceptional cases.

The LOI should be limited to two 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 LOIs are under consideration.


Current Research Priorities

1. Potatoes in Cardiometabolic Health

Impact of potato and/or potato product consumption in subjects with Metabolic Syndrome and/or Type II diabetes

Short and longer-term impacts of low- to moderate-glycemic load meals/diets (that include potatoes and/or potato products) on indices of health and disease

Impact of potato fiber/resistant starch on the gut microbiome and markers of cardiometabolic health/disease

 

2. Potatoes in Healthy Dietary Patterns

Health profile of individuals/population groups for whom potatoes and/or potato products are a staple food

Effects of plant-based diets, including potatoes and/or potato products (in all forms), on body weight and related health indices in healthy subjects

Potato protein quality compared with protein quality of other plant-based foods

 

3. Potatoes in Healthy Lifestyles/Life Stages

Impact of potatoes and/or potato products on muscle repair/muscle accretion and/or overall energy levels in conjunction with physical activity/athletic performance

Potatoes compared to manufactured “sports food” products or alternative carbohydrate food sources on exercise performance and recovery

Impact of potatoes and/or potato products on overall nutrient intake in school aged children


Research Integrity Guidelines

As part of this effort, we strictly adhere to our Research Integrity Guidelines, which are consistent with ILSI's Guiding Principles on Industry Funding of Research. We provide our guidelines to all research patterns prior to commencement of every study.

Read APRE's Research Integrity Guidelines

 


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