Nutrition Research Project


  • Caffeine genetics and athletic performance (University of Toronto & Nutrigenomix Inc.)
  • Efficacy of a Nootropic Spearmint Extract on Cognitive Performance and Reactive Agility: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Parallel Trial (Kemin Human Nutrition and Health & MusclePharm)
  • Urox containing concentrated extracts of Crataeva nurvala stem bark Equisetum arvense stem and Lindera aggregata root in the treatment of symptoms of overactive bladder and urinary incontinence: a phase 2 randomised double-blind placebo controlled trial (Seipel Group Pty Ltd.& the University of Queensland, Australia) – WINNER

Research and development are at the heart of everything done in the nutrition industry. Sound science is a must to back up product claims and inform business decisions.

This category rewards the best game changing nutrition research projects that pushes the boundaries of nutritional science.

Judges will look at how your research project has the potential for a positive impact on the nutrition industry, based on the following criteria:

  • How the research project is designed to address a genuine consumer demand, nutrition requirement, policy issue or healthcare risk
  • Whether the research has provided solid scientific evidence to demonstrate a unique nutritional solution to this need or problem – including peer reviewed data to back up these findings
  • Evidence of good research methodology, analysis, and findings consistent with best practices
  • The potential for commercial applications or wide-sweeping changes in the industry on the back of research
  • What gives your research project the ‘X factor’ – something that makes it stand out from the crowd and edge out the competition (including evidence to back up claims)

Entries are now closed.  Entries for next year open February 2019.


  • Once all entries have been received they will be reviewed by the NutraIngredients-USA Awards Judging Panel made up of independent judges from the industry.
  • The three finalists will be confirmed and notified in July, 2018.
  • The winner will be announced at our awards ceremony on July 16, 2018 in Chicago.

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