Application Procedure

2019 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. 

NORCH/BADERC Joint Award:  For applications with topics relevant to both nutrition/obesity and glucose metabolism/type 2 diabetes, a joint P&F award totaling $60,000 over 1 year, with opportunity for renewal for a second 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 Monday, April 15, 2019. We expect to announce awards by Monday, June 17, 2019 and funding will begin August 1, 2019.


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.
• NIH 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
• NIH Form Page 4: Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period
• NIH Form Page 5: Budget for Entire Proposed Project Period *include Budget Justification
• NIH Biographical Sketch (for PI and all Key Personnel involved in the project)
• NIH Other Support Page (PI only)
• NIH Inclusion Enrollment Report (if applicable)
• Protection of Human Subjects/Animals (if applicable)
• Facilities and Other Resources
• Letter of Support
• List of Reviewers (include 3 or 4 names as suggested reviewers)
->Include their full names, mailing address, telephone and e-mail address
• Appendix (optional)
• *Renewal Applicants* see additional instructions below

Download the PHS 398 instructions and forms here.


Any P&F projects that propose a clinical trial of more than minimal risk requires prior approval from NIDDK, which we will obtain upon successful review of your project. If your PF project is considered to involve human subjects and is awarded, you will be asked to provide the following additional information prior to the project start date, August 1, 2019. It is recommended that a clear description of study population, sample size and power as well as project milestones, relevant safety monitoring and recruitment information be included with the application to insure that the application can be adequately scored.

Along with your application forms, please be certain to tell us the progress you have made in the first year (limited to two pages), your plans for the proposed second year as well as a report on expenditures from the 1st 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

• Principal Investigator, or Mentor salary support
• Secretarial/administrative personnel salary support
• Computers
• Tuition
• Travel (Domestic and Foreign)
• Publication Costs
• Dues and 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. Even if you are requesting consideration for this award, you should submit a budget with maximum $30,000. If you are being considered for a dual award, we will subsequently request a 1-page description of how you would use up to $30,000 additional funding.


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