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Application Procedure

Please note that there is not currently an active request for applications.  The next RFA is expected to be announced in June, 2017.

Eligible applicants fall into one of 3 categories: (1) Early career investigators in nutrition and obesity; (2) established investigators new to the field of nutrition and obesity research; or (3) established investigators in the field looking for funding for a new direction in  nutrition or obesity research.  Investigators from any Harvard institution are eligible to apply.  Per NIH rules, fellows are not allowed to be PI of these grants, but final-year fellows may apply if the grant would be awarded after completion of their fellowship.  Solicitations for application are sent early in the calendar year.  Applications are due on May 1, and awards are made on August 1.



Please download and complete the Pilot and Feasibility application, obtaining the required signatures. Please review the information below, as additional documents may be required. Then, submit your application using the form here.



Applications should be in the format of an RO1, with the text portion of the grant limited to a maximum of 5 pages single-spaced.

  • NIH Face Page:
  • Description, Project/Performance Sites, Senior/Key Personnel,
    Other Significant Contributors, and Human Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Table of Contents
  • Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period
  • Budget for Entire Proposed Period of Support
  • Biosketch
  • Resources
  • Checklist


Please include 3 or 4 names as suggested reviewers . These names can be from within or outside of the NORC-H. Please include their full names, mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.


Along with your application forms, include an explanation of how this research proposal is a departure from your ongoing work (apart from the first year of your pilot/feasibility project). Please be certain to tell us the progress you have made in the first year (limited to two pages), as well as your plans for the proposed second year. Renewal applicants may apply within the first or second NORC-H funding cycle after initial funding depending on degree of progress made and optimal timing for potential renewal funding.


Funds may be used for technical support and supplies. Equipment is funded only in very rare instances where it is vital to the particular project and is so unique that it is not available in any of the Center’s core facilities. Such equipment requests must be well justified in the budget and approved by the Executive Committee. P.I.’s salaries and travel are not funded.


The amount of the award varies with the availability of funds. Previous awards have ranged between $12,000 and $20,000. The period of funding is for one year, beginning August 1. Investigators must reapply for a second year of funding if interested. Please submit a budget for up to $20,000 in direct costs, and indicate 0% for IDC.


For non-science related questions about the application, please contact Nika Grzejka at 617-643-0421 or

For science-related questions, please contact Dr. Steven Grinspoon at 617-724-9109