Nutrition Obesity Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Program
The NORC Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Program provides funding to new and established investigators who are developing cutting-edge nutrition and obesity research. The program is designed to assist investigators in collecting preliminary pilot data to support future independent grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and other major funding sources.
The specific objectives of a NORC include efforts (1) to create or strengthen a focus in biomedical research institutions for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in nutritional sciences and/or obesity; (2) to develop new knowledge concerning the etiology, development, assessment, treatment, and prevention of nutrition-related diseases, obesity, and eating disorders; (3) to understand control and modulation of energy metabolism in obesity, including the interaction between physical activity, nutrient metabolism, and food intake; (4) to understand and treat disorders associated with abnormalities of energy balance and weight management such as in anorexia nervosa, AIDS, and cancer; and (5) to strengthen training environments to improve the education of medical students, house staff, practicing physicians, and allied health personnel with regard to these conditions.
Translational research, for purposes of this program is defined as the use of knowledge of human biology to develop and test the feasibility of Nutrition and Obesity interventions in humans and/or to determine the biological basis for observations made in individuals with nutrition and/or obesity related issues. Clinical and/or epidemiologic research should include a laboratory concept or capitalize upon a biological observation relative to nutrition and obesity.
Researchers conducting translational research projects in nutrition and obesity at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
Applications should be submitted through Webgrants at http://webgrants.case.edu/.
This Pilot will be offered at a later date.
For questions contact:
CTSC Pilot Program Office: