2015 UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Grant Program

The UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center is currently accepting pre-proposals for 1-2 year grants of approximately $20,000 per year for pilot & feasibility research projects in nutrition or obesity. Applications are due Oct. 15.

Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) projects may be biomedical, epidemiological, or clinical. They may include laboratory or non-laboratory research projects that focus either on human nutrition, on animal work that could be translated to human nutrition, or on basic research related to nutrition or obesity. Human nutrition projects may focus on inpatient or outpatient studies or on epidemiological or community-based research that is social or behavioral in nature.

Our Center’s research is organized around seven central themes:

  • Causes and Prevention of Obesity
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Metabolic Responses and Requirements for Nutrients
  • Molecular Mechanisms for the Regulation of Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Chronic Diseases in Populations
  • Nutrition Interventions and Nutrition Behaviors
  • Pregnancy, Child Growth, and Development

In addition to funding projects under our core focus areas (Diet, Physical Activity and Body Composition; Molecular Biology and Nutritional Biochemistry; Nutrition Communication for Health Applications and Interventions (CHAI); and Animal Metabolism Phenotyping), we are also interested in funding projects that focus on Bioinformatics, Clinical Research, Metabolomics, and the use of the Mobile Body Composition Trailer.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a faculty member at UNC-CH
  • A new investigator without current or past NIH research support (R01, P01 or R24) as a PD/PI


  • An established, funded investigator with no previous work in nutritional sciences, and/or obesity who wishes to test the applicability of their expertise to a nutritional science and/or obesity-related problem

How to Apply

To apply for funding, please submit a pre-proposal application by Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. The pre-proposal should exactly follow the format that is given on the attached template. Pre-proposals are limited to one page and should be written in Ariel 11 font. Please send your pre-proposal application and NIH-style biosketch to Michelle Collins via email (mcc@email.unc.edu).

The review committee will evaluate the pre-proposal applications and notify the selected investigators no later than Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be due Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Funding for successful applications will begin on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  For more information about the P&F program, please feel free to contact Dr. Rosalind Coleman at rcoleman@unc.edu or (919) 966-7213.