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)
InvestigatorProject TitleCore
Rachel Bleiweiss-SandeAn investigation of the role of processed foods in Children’s HealthEpidemiology and Genetics
Ariella KornValidating a novel multi-method survey to assess Stakeholder-driven Community Diffusion of childhood obesity prevention effortsEpidemiology and Genetics
Young-Bum KimGenerarion of a mouse model carrying a homozygous mutation of human ROCK1 gene using the Cas9-CRISPR systemTransgenic
Mary-Elizabeth PattiDissecting Epigenetic Mechanisms Responsible for Heptic GlucotoxicityFunctional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Meghan GarveyThe Associations between Bone Health, Physical Activity, and Body CompositionEpidemiology and Genetics
Libin LiuAdipocyte cellular lifespan turnoverFunctional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Kai ZouIdentification of Novel Transcriptomic Changes in Human Myotubes following Roux-en-Y gastic Bypass SurgeryFunctional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Cafer OzdemirRegulation of Egr1 translation in human adipocytesAdipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Francesca SetaRole of Bcl11b in Vascular FunctionFunctional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhDDoes salt drive a human immune profile in a mouse model of obesity?Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Ying BaoObesity, physical activity and gastric and esophageal cancersEpidemiology and Genetics
Guilio Romeo, MDProfiling of allopurinol-dependent transcriptome in obesityFunctional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhDFeeding America’s Bravest: Mediterranean Diet-Based Interventions to change Firefighters’ Eating Habits and Improve Cardiovascular Risk ProfilesEpidemiology and Genetics
Andrew Wilson, MDElucidation of Thyroid Hormone Signaling Mechanisms in Human TissueFunctional Genomics and Bioinformatics
Deirdre Tobias, ScDLifestyle Modifications from Menarche to First Pregnancy and Risk of Breast CancerEpidemiology and Genetics
Paulette Chandler, MPHBody weight and physical activity at time of cancer diagnosis and all-cause mortalityEpidemiology and Genetics
Dong Kong, PhDUse NgAgo Endonuclease System to Generate Gene-targeted MiceTransgenic
Alice Lichenstein, DScTissue Inflammation in the Ossabaw Pig and Human Adipose TissueAdipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Pavlos Pissios, PhDConditional deletion of nicotinamide N-methyltransferaseTransgenic
Matthew Layne, PhDRole of ACLP in Adipocyte Determination and FibrosisAdipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Kristy Townsend, PhDInvestigation of the neural innervation of adipose depotsAdipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism
Lynn Moore, ScDYogurt, Blood pressure and Cardiovascular Risk in Three Prospective CohortsEpidemiology and Genetics
Sandeep Datta, MD, PhDProbing the Molecular Mechanisms of Lipid DetectionTransgenic

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.