Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Pilot and Feasibility Studies
PILOT AND FEASIBILITY PROGRAM
The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, is a consortium of institutions. The overall objective of BNORC is to facilitate and support the conduct of cutting edge basic and translational research in the fields of nutrition and obesity science in the Boston area with the long term goal of promoting optimal health throughout the lifespan. BNORC’s Pilot and Feasibility program provides funding on a competitive basis for new investigators who are transitioning to an independent line of research or established investigators with novel ideas in the area of nutrition and obesity research. This year BNORC will consider pilot and feasibility projects related to the following Center themes:
- Theme 1: Nutrient Metabolism in Health and Disease
- Theme 2: Brain Control of Feeding Behavior and Metabolism
- Theme 3: Environmental and Genetic Influences on Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases
- Theme 4: Multi-level, Lifecourse Approaches to Obesity- and Nutrition-Related Diseases
For more information about the themes, please see http://www.bnorc.org/themes.
P&F awards are made with the expectation that the preliminary research supported by the pilot will lead to applications for additional external funding. In support of these projects, P&F recipients are given priority access to the resources available from the four BNORC scientific core facilities:
- Adipose Biology and Nutrient Metabolism (at Boston Medical Center and Tufts University)
- Transgenic (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
- Epidemiology and Genetics (at Harvard School of Public Health)
- Clinical and Community Research (at Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital)
EligibilityEligible applicants fall into one of three categories, listed in order of priority for BNORC:
- new investigators without current or past independent research support (e.g., NIH R01 grants). Recipients of T32, F32, K01, K08, K23, KL2, K99 or R03 funding are eligible for this category.
- established, funded investigators with no previous work in obesity or nutrition-related areas who wish to apply their expertise to an obesity or nutrition-related problem,
- established investigators in obesity or nutrition-related areas who wish to test the feasibility of a new or innovative idea that represents a significant departure from their funded research and which initiates a new collaboration with one or more other investigators active in obesity or nutrition-related research.