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 early career investigators (Assistant Professor and below) who are investigating a novel area in nutrition or obesity research and investigators who are new to the nutrition or obesity field. Applications from trainees 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 form below.

Please contact Donna Gibson ( with any questions.

BNORC Small Grant Recipients

(periodically updated)

Investigator Project Title Core
Rachel Bleiweiss-Sande An investigation of the role of processed foods in Children’s Health Epidemiology and Genetics
Ariella Korn Validating a novel multi-method survey to assess Stakeholder-driven Community Diffusion of childhood obesity prevention efforts Epidemiology and Genetics
Young-Bum Kim Generarion of a mouse model carrying a homozygous mutation of human ROCK1 gene using the Cas9-CRISPR system Transgenic
Mary-Elizabeth Patti Dissecting Epigenetic Mechanisms Responsible for Heptic Glucotoxicity Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Meghan Garvey The Associations between Bone Health, Physical Activity, and Body Composition Epidemiology and Genetics
Libin Liu Adipocyte cellular lifespan turnover Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Kai Zou Identification of Novel Transcriptomic Changes in Human Myotubes following Roux-en-Y gastic Bypass Surgery Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Cafer Ozdemir Regulation of Egr1 translation in human adipocytes Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Francesca Seta Role of Bcl11b in Vascular Function Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD Does salt drive a human immune profile in a mouse model of obesity? Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Ying Bao Obesity, physical activity and gastric and esophageal cancers Epidemiology and Genetics
Guilio Romeo, MD Profiling of allopurinol-dependent transcriptome in obesity Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD Feeding America’s Bravest: Mediterranean Diet-Based Interventions to change Firefighters’ Eating Habits and Improve Cardiovascular Risk Profiles Epidemiology and Genetics
Andrew Wilson, MD Elucidation of Thyroid Hormone Signaling Mechanisms in Human Tissue Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Deirdre Tobias, ScD Lifestyle Modifications from Menarche to First Pregnancy and Risk of Breast Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
Paulette Chandler, MPH Body weight and physical activity at time of cancer diagnosis and all-cause mortality Epidemiology and Genetics
Dong Kong, PhD Use NgAgo Endonuclease System to Generate Gene-targeted Mice Transgenic
Alice Lichenstein, DSc Tissue Inflammation in the Ossabaw Pig and Human Adipose Tissue Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Pavlos Pissios, PhD Conditional deletion of nicotinamide N-methyltransferase Transgenic
Matthew Layne, PhD Role of ACLP in Adipocyte Determination and Fibrosis Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Kristy Townsend, PhD Investigation of the neural innervation of adipose depots Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Lynn Moore, ScD Yogurt, Blood pressure and Cardiovascular Risk in Three Prospective Cohorts Epidemiology and Genetics
Sandeep Datta, MD, PhD Probing the Molecular Mechanisms of Lipid Detection Transgenic

Click here for the small grant application . Please fill out the information below and upload the completed application as a single PDF file. Please contact the Center Administrator for information.