Pilot and Feasibility ProgramThe current competitive cycle for 2019-2020 Pilot and Feasibility is ongoing. Letters of intent are currently under review. Full Proposal Submission Site (invitation only)
Eligibility | Budget | Process | How to Apply | P&F FAQ
The mission of the NIDDK-funded Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) is to facilitate and support the conduct of cutting edge basic and translational research in the fields of nutrition and obesity science in Boston and the New England area. BNORC’s Pilot and Feasibility Program provides funding on a competitive basis for new investigators who are transitioning to an independent line of research or established investigators with novel ideas in the area of nutrition and obesity research. Applications that address the themes of the Center will be given higher priority.
These themes are:
- Theme 1: Nutrient Metabolism in Health and Disease
- Theme 2: Brain Control of Feeding Behavior and Metabolism
- Theme 3: Environmental and Genetic Influences on Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases
P&F awards are made with the expectation that the preliminary research supported by the pilot will lead to successful applications for additional external funding. Applicants are encouraged to consult and use BNORC Cores:
- Adipose Biology and Nutrient Metabolism (at Boston Medical Center and Tufts University)
- Epidemiology and Genetics (at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
- Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
- Transgenic (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts University)
EligibilityEligible applicants fall into one of three categories, listed in order of priority for BNORC:
- New investigator without current or past independent research support (i.e., NIH R01, P01) or equivalent support. Eligible applicants must have a faculty appointment or equivalent. M.D. and Ph.D. fellows and senior postdoctoral fellows who have completed a minimum of 24 months of a fellowship are eligible in this category but must have a formal mentor and are required to include a letter of support from their mentor(s) that includes a description of the trainee’s path to independence and evidence that the proposed project belongs to the trainee as well as a statement of departmental support that will be available to the trainee during the 1- 2 year period of the proposed project (please limit letter to 2 pages maximum).
- Established, funded investigator with no previous work in nutrition- or obesity-related areas who will apply their expertise to a nutrition- or obesity-related problem.
- Established investigator in nutrition- or obesity-related areas who will test the feasibility of a new or innovative idea that represents a significant departure from their funded research and which initiates a new collaboration with one or more other investigators active in nutrition- or obesity-related research.
BudgetApplicants may request a maximum of $25,000 in direct costs per year for a total of two years ($50,000). Funding in Year 2 is contingent on progress made in Year 1 and will be evaluated by submission of an annual progress report. P&F awards do not include indirect costs and cannot be used to cover shortfalls in other NIH awards or to augment projects that have been previously funded.
ProcessP&F awards are made based on scientific review of a Letter of Intent, and full applications are submitted by invitation only. Faculty rank is not required of P&F applicants. Each investigator may receive no more than one P&F award during a five-year cycle.
How to ApplyThe first step in the application process is the submission of a letter of intent, one-page proposal summary, NIH biosketch and letter from mentor (required for MD and PhD fellows and senior postdoctoral fellows only).
For further information, please check the BNORC P&F FAQ or contact Dr. Andrew Greenberg, Associate Director and Chair of the Pilot and Feasibility Program Committee for scientific matters (email@example.com) or the BNORC Administrator Donna Gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org) for administrative issues.