The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences is a non-profit organization that catalyzes science for the benefit of public health.

The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) is a catalyst for the creation of scientific knowledge and dialogue.  Our work enables solutions that lead to positive change across the entire food and beverage ecosystem. Our core values guide our actions: scientific integrity, transparency, collaboration, and public benefit.  Our members and research partners value scientific integrity above all else.

IAFNS has earned the 2024 Platinum Seal of Transparency! View our Candid nonprofit profile.

The work of IAFNS is grounded in our four core values, and guided by our Bylaws and Code of Conduct:

Scientific Integrity

Our multi-sector structure is designed to prevent any single interest from dominating. We commit to publishing our results regardless of outcome.


We are committed to full disclosure of our funding of research and sharing research methods and data of projects we support with the scientific community.


We believe that engaging industry, government, and academic scientists makes research stronger and minimizes bias.

Public Benefit

Our projects must address issues of broad public health interest and offer benefit to the health of the public.

Who we are

The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) is the only organization in North America uniquely positioned to mobilize industry, government and academia to drive, fund and lead actionable research and elevate food safety and nutritional science—all with the ultimate goal of advancing public health.

Our collaborative and inclusive tripartite structure empowers members to bring forward the diverse perspectives of the entire food and beverage ecosystem.

Science that matters. 

We prioritize research and convene scientists to catalyze evidence-based action that benefits the entire food and beverage ecosystem and improves public health.

Research in Action

Our research helps industry make informed, independent decisions that positively impact their business and improve public health

Our government stakeholders use our research to make informed decisions that impact policies.

Our academic partners use our research to outline additional research that will improve food safety, food production and nutrition science.

Our commitment to scientific integrity is centered around transparency.

We are creating opportunities for the next generation of scientists and bringing new voices to the conversation. If you’d like to join us on our journey, click here.