Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE)

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (SNAP & EFNEP): Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE) build the evidence-base for nutrition education and obesity prevention strategies and interventions that produce measurable improvements in health, obesity, nutrition (food behavior), and physical activity-related outcomes of interest to USDA; and develop effective education/extension, environmental, systems, and policy translational activities that promote health and prevent/reduce obesity in disadvantaged low-income families and children.

General Information

SNAP & EFNEP: Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE) establishes four Regional Centers of Excellence – one in each of NIFA’s four administrative regions, a Policy Systems and Environmental Change (PSE) Center, a longitudinal study project, and a National Coordination Center. RNECEs are a combined effort by Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and NIFA. Through the creation of these research centers and national coordination center both agencies are addressing the goals and priorities of the Department, and their respective agencies and mission areas. The approximate amount available to support this program in FY 2014 and FY 2015 is $8,000,000.

The goal of the RNECEs is to improve the health of low-income Americans through multiple strategies, including complementary nutrition education and public health approaches. This will be achieved by:

  • Strengthening the evidence-base on effective nutrition education/obesity prevention programs for diverse population groups – i.e., identify and confirm what works
  • Evaluating long-term effectiveness of nutrition education/obesity prevention interventions for disadvantaged and underserved populations and opportunities for new research
  • Identifying and creating research collaborations and synergistic relationships among researchers and EFNEP/SNAP-Ed program directors, universities and other implementers, and state and federal agencies
  • Enhancing the impact of state and community nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts by providing public health-related training and evidence that practitioners need for improving nutrition and health behaviors, environments, and policies that are equitable, efficient, and sustained over time.

Fiscal Year 2015

The 2015 RNECE Request for Application (RFA) is part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area. 

Fiscal Year 2015 Awards Include:

  • Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Center, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Longitudinal Research Project, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Fiscal Year 2014 Awards Include:

Program Type: 
Grant Program



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