Center for Excellence in Children's Nutrition Funding Announcement

The Center offers $20K in grant funding for pilot study involving pediatric nutrition. Applications due Sept. 1.

UNC Chapel Hill has entered into a collaborative research and affiliation agreement with Mead Johnson. This agreement provides funding to support research in nutrition in growing children (ages 1-6) and creates the Center for Excellence in Children's Nutrition (CECN).

The CECN will fund a seminar series and a national symposium, and will fund a number of research grants on nutrition of children (ages 1-6) that are designed to develop the data needed to compete for external funding.

Research proposals that help to promote a better understanding of the relationship between nutrients and brain development/cognition and in the development of brain-measurement tools that may be feasible in non-clinical settings are encouraged. Submissions of alternative research issues related to pediatric nutrition are also invited.

One grant will be awarded for a period of one year, in up to $20,000 in direct costs. Proposed projects may be biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral or clinical. They may include laboratory or non-laboratory research projects that focus either on children's nutrition or on animal work applicable to the understanding of nutrition in growing children.

Human nutrition projects may focus on inpatient or outpatient studies or on epidemiological or community-based research that is social or behavioral in nature. Primary focus is on research in children ages 1-6.

To be eligible:

  • Applicants must be a faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Proposed project must focus on infant and children's nutrition and must be likely to result in an R01-type application or to result in at least one publication.

Grant Amount:
The grant will be a maximum of $20,000 in direct costs for one year.

Application Process:
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a one-page Letter of Intent and an NIH-style Biosketch by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The letter should:

  • Include your hypothesis and the questions you wish to ask.
  • It should also provide a brief overview of the nature, significance relative to nutrition of growing children (ages 1-6), and experimental approach of the proposed research, as well as an estimate of the project cost.
  • Letters of Intent should be limited to one page.
  • Letters should be e-mailed to Steven Zeisel at

A CECN Review Committee will evaluate Letters of Intent and notify applicants by Sept, 11 2009. Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal (5 pages). Full proposals will be due Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, and funding for successful applications could begin on Nov. 1, 2009.

Complete application instructions, other guidelines and further information about the grant program can be found at