MSI Awards

MSI Award Programs for Excellence in Research


The McCormick Science Institute supports awards with the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF). The goal is to recognize researchers who advance the understanding of the health benefits of culinary spices and herbs.

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Award


An annual award is presented to an investigator conducting clinical, translational, in vitro and/or ex vivo research, whose scientific contributions have advanced the understanding of the potential health benefits of culinary herbs and spices. For more information, please see the ASN website.


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ANDF) Award

An annual award to support scientific endeavors including in vitro experiments, epidemiologic studies, spice and herb intake data collection, systematic reviews and/or evidence-based analysis . The principal investigator must be a Registered Dietitian (RD) or a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). For more information, please see the AND website.

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: MSI Funded

Researchers in Baltimore City, Maryland determined whether an experiential nutrition education intervention focusing on spices and herbs ("Spice MyPlate") was feasible and improved diet quality and healthy eating attitudes among an urban and predominantly African-American sample of adolescents more than standard nutrition education alone.

More Diet Quality Research

Study on the effect on lipid peroxidation during cooking.

More Inflammation Research

Clinical research on the 24 hour effects of capsaicin in 25% negative energy balance.

More Weight Management Research