NUTRIMAL is funded by the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine (DAFM) under the Food Institutional Research Measure. In 2014, Professor Helen Roche and Dr. Brendan Egan, in collaboration with a number of other researchers, applied for a highly competitive grant offered by DAFM. The (50 page!) NUTRIMAL project grant proposal was scrutinized by an Expert Evaluation Panel made up of experts in research, the agri-food industry and the public service and was selected to receive the funding.
After I joined the team we successfully applied for additional funding to add some extra measurements to the project. This involved a few more applications and an interview! The NUTRIMAL project has received funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 666010 and the European Society of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) under the 2017 ESPEN Fellowship programme.
The ingredients for the NUTRIMAL project drinks have been kindly donated by Smartfish and Glanbia Nutritionals. Here is in UCD we spotted that both of these companies were producing ingredients with the potential to improve muscle health in older adults and brought them together to produce a custom-made product for the NUTRIMAL project that is not commercially available.