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2018 NORCH Pilot & Feasibility Grants

 Seeking applications for Pilot & Feasibility Grants related to Nutrition, Obesity, and Metabolism.  Award is $30,000 over 1 year, with possibility for an additional $30,000 during year 2 if good progress is achieved. 

 New this year:  For applications with topics relevant to both obesity and type 2 diabetes, a joint P&F award totaling $60,000 over 1 year, with opportunity for renewal for a 2nd year, may be awarded by the NORCH and the BADERC (Boston Area Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center).  Please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered for this joint award.  



Eligible applicants fall into one of 3 categories: (1) Early career investigators in nutrition, metabolism, or obesity; (2) established investigators new to the field of nutrition, metabolism or obesity research; or (3) established investigators in the field looking for funding for a new direction in nutrition, metabolism 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.  Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of our Core laboratories.


Application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. We expect to announce awards by Friday, June 15, 2018 and funding will begin August 1, 2018.


Applications are required to use PHS 398 grant forms where appropriate. Proposals must be single spaced and follow the NIH format guidelines. Please submit the entire application as a single PDF file using the form here.

  • PHS Face Page
  • Research Plan (5 pages, references are not included in the 5 page limit)
    • A) Specific Aims
    • B) Significance
    • C) Innovation
    • D) Approach
    • E) Relevance of the Proposed Project to the theme of nutrition/obesity/metabolism
    • F) References
  • Protection of Human Subjects/Animals (if applicable)
  • PHS Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period
  • PHS Budget for Entire Proposed Period of Support
  • PHS Biographical Sketch (for PI and all Key Personnel involved in the project)
  • PHS Other Support Page (PI only)
  • PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report
  • Facilities and Other Resources
  • Letter of Support
  • List of Reviewers (include 3 or 4 names as suggested reviewers)
    • Include their full names, mailing addresses, telephone and e-mail address
  • Appendix (optional)


Along with your application forms, 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 NORCH 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 including salary for research assistance and supplies. Equipment less than $5,000 can be requested.


  • PI salary
  • Administrative salary support
  • Computers
  • Tuition
  • Travel
  • Membership Fees
  • Equipment costing $5,000 or more
  • Indirect Costs

 Please note that, since part of the criteria for grant-funding include the applicant’s accomplishments and potential for success, these grants may NOT be transferred to another PI once awarded.


Please submit a budget for up to $30,000 in direct costs. Indirect costs are not supported, and all grants must be awarded to an HMS-affiliated institution.  The period of funding is for one year, beginning August 1. Investigators must reapply for a second year of funding if interested.

**BADERC / NORCH AWARD: For applications with topics relevant to both obesity and type 2 diabetes, a joint P&F award totaling $60,000 over 1 year, with opportunity for renewal for a 2nd year, may be awarded by the NORCH and the BADERC (Boston Area Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center). Applicants should indicate in the application if they wish to be considered for dual funding for this new award.


Please note that all P&F recipients with studies involving human subjects will be asked to meet with the NORCH statistician. If you would like to request a consultation during the application process please contact. Dr. Rebecca Betensky.


All applications will be reviewed by the NORCH Center Leadership. Applications with the highest merit will be sent for peer review. Preference will be given to junior investigators particularly those with K awards or equivalent. All applications are encouraged to consider utilizing and incorporating Center core services in the proposal if applicable.


For non-science related questions about the application, please contact Nika Grzejka at 617-643-0412 or

For science-related questions, please contact Dr. Takara Stanley at 617-724-9109 or