The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

Pilot and Feasibility Program
sponsored by the
New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

The Pilot and Feasibility (P & F) Program provides start-up money to new investigators in the field of obesity and, occasionally, established investigators seeking new directions within the field of obesity. This program seeks to offer investigators a "springboard" to more substantial funding for obesity research from the National Institutes of Health and other funding bodies. Each P&F proposal is reviewed by at least two reviewers and selection for final funding is made by the Executive Committee of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center.

Interested investigators are asked to submit a 1 page letter of intent along with a NIH biosketch. From these letters, a group of investigators are asked to submit a more extensive application. The number of funded applications depends on the amount of funding available but averages 3 grants per cycle. Applications will be funded for 1 year with the possibility of a second year renewal. Funding usually does not exceed $40,000.00 per P & F grant.

Purpose: The goal of the Pilot and Feasibility Studies Program is to provide seed money to attract new investigators, junior or established, into the study of obesity in association with the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center.

Grant Money Available: Applications will be funded at a maximum of $40,000 per year for 1 year. Funding is approved for 1 year with the possibility of a second year renewal depending upon an adequate progress report. No indirect costs are paid.

Core Laboratory Support: Recipients may obtain additional technical support through the Core Laboratories of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center. Arrangements should be discussed with the Core Lab director before submission of a P&F application. Cores laboratories are funded by the Center to provide services to NYONRC investigators and include: 1) Molecular Genetics/Molecular Biology, 2) Human Body Composition & Energy Expenditure, 3) Hormone & Metabolite, 4) Adipose Tissue, 5) Animal Body Composition & Energy Metabolism, 6) Biostatistics. These laboratories may assist investigators in designing studies, collecting certain data, performing certain measurements, and conducting analyses. Use of core laboratories is encouraged and looked upon favorably in the review process.

Who is Eligible: Three types of applications will be considered:

  • Proposals from young investigators who have not held any prior funding to carry out preliminary studies leading to an NIH, ADA, or other grant application;
  • Proposals for innovative/high risk projects by established investigators in the field of obesity;
  • Proposals from established investigators, without prior funding in obesity, who wish to undertake an obesity-related project.
Please note that graduate students are NOT eligible to apply. Post-doctoral fellows may apply only in their third year of their fellowship.

Letter of Intent: Interested investigators are asked to submit a single page letter of intent (e-mail is preferred). This letter should include the applicant’s name, address, a statement of the hypothesis, a paragraph of background information, a description of the experimental design, and a summary of the proposed methods. A CV in NIH format should also be included. From these letters of intent, applicants will be selected to submit a no longer than 5-page grant proposal.

View Example Letter

Letters of intent should be addressed to:

Ms.Katherine Marquez
New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center
1111 Amsterdam Ave, Room 1020
New York, NY 10025

Full Proposal: The format to follow for a maximum 5-page proposal includes the following, with a biosketch, other support page, and budget:

  1. Specific aims
  2. Research Plan
  3. Significance
  4. Innovation
  5. Environment
  6. Future career plans

Deadline Dates:

  • Letter of Intent: April 14th, 2014
  • Completed application (if requested): May 12th, 2014
  • Decision made: end of June 2014

Director of Pilot and Feasibility Program: Domenico Accili, M.D.

If you require more information, please contact:
Ms.Katherine Marquez
Phone: (212) 523-4161
Fax: (212) 523-4830
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