TBF-funded initiatives could include, for example:

  • Supporting a trainee or early career professional’s research project as they transition toward an independent position in the field of human milk and lactation.

  • Helping an awardee gain national or international exposure.

  • Establishing collaborations and building a career-centered portfolio in an aspect of human milk and lactation that was not the focus of their prior training.

The TBF covers up to USD $100,000 per awardee for visa-related costs, roundtrip transportation to/from the activity destination, accommodation and personal expenses (food, local transportation). Basic activity expenses are also covered, such as: laboratory costs, conference fees, workshop fees, flights to collaboration sites and ISRHML conference travel/accommodation for presentation of results and experience. The registration fee for the ISRHML conference is excluded, as ISRHML will waive the registration fee.

The final 3-5 candidates will be invited to an online presentation to present their projects and allow for questions during the Counsel Board meeting, for about 20 minutes each including questions. The Counsel Board meeting usually happens mid of December. 1-2 awards will be granted per year.

Eligibility Criteria
Selection Criteria


When submitting required documents, i.e., Budget Form and Type of Training, the pre-defined templates MUST BE USED (see below). Documents will not be accepted in any other format.


Some answers to questions often asked about the TBF

How much funding is awarded? Why does it say “up to…”? What happens if a recipient has more than one source of funding for their proposed project?
Shall I include my salary in the budget?
Shall I include health insurance in the budget?
Shall I include accommodation in the budget?
What can be included in the budget in terms of “basic supplies connected to the proposed research activities”?
What about publication costs?
Can or should you transfer out of your field of expertise?
Is it possible to use a methodology you developed during your PhD and then apply it to a different study set-up (e.g., cohort-study)?
Should I submit my application after my PhD?
What is the minimum/maximum duration of the placement?
Do you have to start on April 1st or can you also start a couple of months later?
Is it necessary to travel to another university or can you also just change the lab/team within your current university?
Does your proposed mentor have to be an ISRHML member?
Does this depend on the number of papers published or amount of time?

Indirect Cost Policy

Download this PDF here to see indirect cost policy.