HEALTH AND NUTRITION
The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation endows and funds first-class research and projects that align with its objective to further the understanding and appreciation of breastfeeding and breastmilk, increase rates of breastfeeding, and improve the health of mothers and children worldwide.
We are proud to back the leading experts, organisations and healthcare providers working to help mothers, families and communities achieve their breastfeeding goals with publicly available, sustainable resources, educational tools and supportive environments.
History suggests changes in practice often take an extended timeframe, sometimes even a full generation, before being reflected on a wide scale. That is why the Foundation works with long-term perspective and commitment.
Learn more about the Foundation’s strategy to supporting and facilitating the discovery, dissemination and deployment of evidence-based knowledge to advance breastfeeding and breastmilk.
By the close of 2021, FLRF had accepted nearly 15% of the formal project applications it had received since its inception. Each was thoroughly assessed in a formal review process involving external ethics audits, double-blind scientific evaluations, rigorous internal due diligence and final approval by the FLRF Board of Directors. These projects are additional to those FLRF – on its own and in collaboration with a global network of partners – has created proactively.
Most funding for 2022 has been allocated. However, ideas and applications are always welcome, especially for projects with strong angles in economies defined by the World Bank as low- or lower-middle-income. These proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis; final decisions are made quarterly by the FLRF Board of Directors.
FLRF backs the experts who conduct the research and design the projects that lead to publicly available resources with sustainable social impact. Agreements are signed exclusively under Swiss law, according to Swiss regulatory requirements. This means FLRF is able to support the following types of research and/or project in these specific locations and economies, as defined by the World Bank:
• Basic research associated with universities – globally (in both high-income and low- and lower-middle-income economies)
• Translational or implementation research and projects – in low- and lower-middle-income economies
• All types of research – in Switzerland
FLRF seeks projects that address general problems and that can be rolled out globally with minor modifications, rather than those with only limited, local relevance. The approaches we seek are innovative, needs- and merit-based. And each project must be founded on excellent, state-of-the-art methodology.
If you have a compelling idea that meets the above criteria, especially for translational research that will lead to effective implementation of sustainable, public programmes or resources aimed at addressing needs and challenges (and particularly in low- and lower-middle economies), we welcome your application.
Please note the following steps:
1. For all projects, fill out the Short Concept Paper form.* (For projects with budgets of over CHF 250,000, fill out the Short Concept Paper form and also send a one-page summary of your proposal, outlining your concept, intended location and ultimate goals. We require substantial documentation for larger projects and wish to ensure there is a strategic fit and available funding at the outset.)
2. To propel convergence among data sets and increase the capacity to compare evidence-based findings, FLRF incorporates the best possible standards that reflect the current state of research within the field. We appreciate your help in this, and ask that:
• all submissions reflect terminology defined by LactaPedia – A glossary of lactation for science and medicine
• all submissions that relate to maternal, fetal and neonatal health use the international INTERGROWTH-21st data collection forms, standards and feeding protocols. This is especially important for studies assessing the postnatal growth and development of preterm infants.
3. Email your application to us here.
* Please be advised that submitted data and documents are reviewed by the Foundation’s employees as well as the Foundation’s ethics advisor, Prof. Dr. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Chair of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Prof. Dr. Biller-Andorno may also use the submitted data and documents to contribute to a 5-year project to build a Compendium of Ethical Standards for the Evaluation of Research Projects in the field of research on breastfeeding, breastmilk and lactation, an open-access resource which will be made available globally once complete.
The review of data and documents takes place independently of funding acceptance.
By submitting your application, you agree to allow your data and documents to be reviewed and used as described above.
Application process and timeline
The FLRF application review process takes approximately nine months to complete. The timeframe can be shorter for projects smaller than CHF 250,000.
1. Initial internal review of submitted information to confirm alignment with FLRF objective and strategic approach, and to ensure the concept is sound (and addresses a current need or challenge in a low- or lower-middle-income economy, defined by the World Bank). Proposals meeting these requirements will proceed to an initial, first-phase ethics review to determine viability (or rejection). In applying, applicants agree that their documents will be shared externally for ethics and scientific review. First feedback after 3 weeks.
2. Upon positive initial internal and ethics assessments, applicants will receive a request for a full application and budget, open and anonymised versions. Within 4-5 weeks.
3. Submission of due diligence request to Board of Directors. 2022 Board meetings are scheduled for 29 March, 23 June, 27 September and 2 December. We recommend applications be submitted to FLRF 8 weeks prior to the next Board meeting for a project to be potentially considered at that Board meeting. If accepted, applications progress to next stages.*
4. Initiation of a full, formal internal due diligence process for thorough review over a multi-stage procedure.
5. Double-blind external scientific review by 3 scientists to ensure rigour of scientific quality (where applicable).
6. Official ethics approval by respective responsible authorities and/or ethics boards per external requirements, to be initiated by applicant (where applicable).
7. Independent third-party, external ethics review to ensure concept is in accordance with Swiss ethics standards and to ensure consistency across all FLRF projects.
8. Upon positive feedback from both the ethics approval and review, scientific reviews, and with appropriate conceptual quality and coherence, presentation to FLRF Board of Directors for final decision.
FLRF aims to complete the due diligence phase by the next Board meeting; typically, this depends on the complexity of the project, the official external ethical review and the speed of response to questions by the applicant. After a final, favourable decision from the Board of Directors, project contracts must be completed. FLRF is happy to initiate the first legal review and discussions during the due diligence phase.
Please note that funds cannot be paid prior to completion of contracts, so please confirm with your organisation that it is permitted to sign contracts under Swiss law before sending your application.
Please also note there is no legal entitlement to FLRF funding; all legal recourse is excluded.
* Projects with budgets below CHF 250,000 are exempt from Step 3.
In collaboration with the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML), we are helping to cultivate tomorrow’s researchers, policymakers and clinical practitioners by sponsoring young talent in the field of breastfeeding and breastmilk.
You can discover more about the ISRHML – Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Trainee Expansion Program, and how to apply for a scholarship, at ISRHML.