Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

BNORC Small Grants Program



Small grants of up to $3,000 (direct costs only) will be awarded to investigators who are interested in utilizing the BNORC cores for the purpose of gathering critical preliminary data for a future grant application or to complete a funded project. Please contact the respective Core Director to discuss your project before preparing an application.

  • Adipose Biology and Nutrient Metabolism (at Boston Medical Center and Tufts University)
  • Epidemiology and Genetics (at Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
  • Transgenic (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
  • iDXA Administrative Core (at Boston Medical Center)

Preference will be given to junior investigators, senior investigators who are investigating a novel area in their nutrition or obesity research program, and investigators who are new to the nutrition or obesity field.Applications from junior investigators must include their mentor’s signature. There is no deadline and applications may be submitted at any time. Awards will be determined on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted. We anticipate funding approximately 15 grants per year.

How to Apply

  • Download Instruction/Application Form (Word Doc).

  • Please contact the respective Core Director to discuss your project before preparing an application.

  • Applications from junior investigators must include their mentor’s signature.

  • Completed applications should be submitted as a single PDF via the submission site.

Please contact Donna Gibson (dgibson@bu.edu) with any questions.


BNORC Small Grant Recipients

(periodically updated)

Awardee: Sandeep Robert Datta, MD, PhD
Project title: Probing the Molecular Mechanisms of Lipid Detection
BNORC Core: Transgenic

Awardee: Lynn L. Moore, DSc
Project title: Yogurt, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Risk in Three Prospective Cohorts
BNORC Core: Epidemiology/Genetics

Awardee: Kristy Townsend, PhD
Project Title: Investigation of the neural innervation of adipose depots
BNORC Core: Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism

Awardee: Matthew Layne, PhD
Project title: Role of ACLP in Adipocyte Determination and Fibrosis
BNORC Core: Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism

Awardee: Pavlos Pissios, PhD
Project title: Conditional deletion of nicotinamide N-methyltransferase
BNORC Core: Transgenic

Awardee: Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc
Project title: Tissue Inflammation in the Ossabaw Pig and Human Adipose Tissue
BNORC Core: Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism

Awardee: Dong Kong, PhD
Project Title: Use NgAgo Endonuclease System to Generate Gene-targeted Mice
BNORC Core: Transgenic

Awardee: Paulette Chandler, MD, MPH
Project Title: Body weight and physical activity at time of cancer diagnoses and all-cause mortality
BNORC Core: Epidemiology and Genetics

Awardee: Deirdre Tobias, ScD
Project Title: Lifestyle Modifications from Menarche to First Pregnancy and Risk of Breast Cancer
BNORC Core: Epidemiology and Genetics


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