founded for the advancement of research in human nutrition
About the Foundation

The NUTRICIA RESEARCH FOUNDATION is an independent charity founded in 1989. It is listed in the Openbaar Stichtingen-register in The Hague under registration number 41155715.

The Foundation consists of two bodies, both being supported by the Secretariat.  The Administrative Board manages the capital of the Foundation.  It assumes overall responsibility for meeting all the regulations laid down in the charter of the Foundation. The composition of the Administrative Board is currently:

  • C.A.F.M. Bruynzeel-Koomen, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • J.G.A.J. Hautvast, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • E.J. Ruitenberg, Bosch en Duin, The Netherlands (chairman)
  • P.J.J. Sauer, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • E.F. van Veen, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The Scientific Advisory Board advises the Administrative Board in selecting the various applications for grants or awards.  The composition of the Scientific Advisory Board is currently:

  • I. Brouwer, Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • V. Carnielli, Ancona, Italy
  • R.F. Grimble, Southhampton, UK
  • T.I. Halldorsson, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • P.B. Soeters, Maastricht, The Netherlands (chairman)
  • G. Veereman-Wauters, Brussels, Belgium

Both bodies of the Foundation convene once a year (mid November) to discuss and decide about the various applications for funding in the next year.

The capital of the Foundation was generously donated by the company NV Verenigde Bedrijven Nutricia and its successor legal entity Royal Numico NV. As of November 2007 Royal Numico has been acquired by Danone. The charter of the Foundation regulates that the Foundation acts completely independent of the commercial activities of the related company, currently the Danone Group of Companies.