Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Pilot and Feasibility Studies
PILOT AND FEASIBILITY PROGRAM
- 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
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 our BNORC Cores:
- 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.
BudgetApplicants may request a maximum of $25,000 in direct costs per year for a total of two years ($50,000). Funding in Year 2 is contingent on progress made in Year 1 and will be evaluated by submission of an annual progress report. P&F awards do not include indirect costs and cannot be used to cover shortfalls in other NIH awards or to augment projects that have been previously funded.
ProcessP&F awards are made based on scientific review of a letter of Intent and full applications (full applications by invitation only, due 11/1/13). Faculty rank is not required of P&F applicants. Each investigator may receive no more than one P&F award during a five-year cycle.
How to ApplyThe period for submission of letters of intent is now closed. Applicants who have received an invitation must submit their full application online by November 1st, 2013.
For further information, please check the BNORC P&F FAQ or contact Dr. Andrew Greenberg, Associate Director and Chair of the Pilot and Feasibility Program Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the BNORC Administrator (email@example.com).