CRN and ASNF Announce New Joint Initiative to Advance Nutrition Education

JUNE 24, 2021

—CRN and ASNF’s Scholars Program (CASP) will provide students with educational awards to attend CRN’s 2021 ‘Science in Session’ annual event—

2022 UPDATE: To avoid duplication with another ASN initiative, the partnership with CRN has been renamed the CRN and ASNF Program for Scholars or "CAPS"

WASHINGTON—The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced a new joint initiative with the American Society for Nutrition Foundation (ASNF) to provide study enrichment for upcoming nutrition professionals. CRN and ASNF’s Scholars Program (CASP) will provide five ASN student members with educational awards to virtually attend this year’s “Science in Session” annual event.

The scientific symposium, to be held October 19th, features presentations from highly regarded researchers with expertise in nutrition and medical research. ASN student members will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with experts on the role of nutrition in promoting human health, with an emphasis on dietary supplements and functional food.

“ASNF is thrilled to partner with CRN to advocate on behalf of nutrition science education,” said Keith Dillon, chief engagement officer and vice president, ASN Foundation. “As ASN student members represent the future leaders and influencers in nutrition, we welcome new opportunities that encourage and support students seeking further education and careers in this field.”

CASP awards will be based on students’ educational and career objectives, prior level of involvement in the ASN community, and academic record. 

For the last five years, CRN has provided educational awards for Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy students to attend CRN’s past scientific symposiums. “Partnering with ASNF allows us to invite a broader and more diverse group of students to our annual event,” said Andrea Wong, Ph.D., senior vice president, scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN. “As more Americans continue to rely on registered dietitians or nutritionists as reliable sources of information on dietary supplements, we recognize the importance of increasing access to reputable, educational resources for the future of nutrition professionals.”

CASP is part of CRN’s most recent efforts to support the nutrition research community and to broaden awareness of the role dietary supplements play in nutrition. Since 2008, CRN has provided ASNF with annual education awards for nutrition researchers through the Mary Swartz Rose Awards, which are presented to a senior and a young investigator advancing research on essential nutrients and bioactive food components. 

To learn more about this recent nutrition education opportunity or to submit an application, visit ASNF’s website

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing 180+ dietary supplement and functional food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and companies providing services to those manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to complying with a host of federal and state regulations governing dietary supplements and food in the areas of manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety, our manufacturer and supplier members also agree to adhere to additional voluntary guidelines as well as to CRN’s Code of Ethics. Visit Follow us on Twitter @CRN_Supplements and LinkedIn.