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 (dgibson@bu.edu) with any questions.


BNORC Small Grant Recipients

(periodically updated)

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

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.