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P-FITS: The Pediatric Food Intake Technology System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44HD103531-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44HD103531
Amount: $778,605.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA22-176
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-09-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2026-08-31
Small Business Information
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Princeton, NJ 08542-0327
United States
DUNS: 883913972
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
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Research Institution

Diet plays an integral role in the physical, emotional, and general health of children and adolescents. The
consequences of poor diet during this critical time period are long-lasting, with nutritional status being a strong
risk factor for chronic conditions throughout adolescence and adulthood. Current dietary assessment tools
available for self-administration in older children are extremely limited, particularly among U.S. populations.
Across clinical, research, and community settings, there is an increasing demand for specifically designed
instruments that can accurately, reliably, and efficiently assess usual dietary intakes of children and
adolescents. Technological advancements allow for commonly used dietary assessment tools to be
automated, visually-appealing, and web-based for easy administration by computer, tablet, or smartphone.
They are also capable of providing quick analyses of dietary intakes, incorporating comparisons of
nutrient/food group intakes to national recommendations, dietary quality measures, and other health-related
scores, such as food processing level. The proposed project will address the outstanding need for a
technologically advanced dietary assessment tool specific to the U.S. pediatric population by creating the
Pediatric Food Intake System (P-FITS). P-FITS will integrate Viocare’s VioScreen technology with mobile
targeted 24-hour food group screeners to estimate usual dietary intakes in U.S. children ages 8-13 years. This
Phase II research study will develop and test the technical capabilities, usability, validity, and reliability of the
fully functional version of P-FITS.

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