Pilot & Feasibility Grants

URM Grant Program 2021

The MNORC is delighted to announce a Special Call for Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) award cycle for Applicants from Underrepresented Minority Backgrounds

Eligible applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or Early Stage Investigators (5 years from first appointment) from Underrepresented Minority Backgrounds interested in nutrition, metabolism, or obesity from the University of Michigan (all campuses are eligible to apply). Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of our Core services.

Decisions will be communicated to applicants after the new year with funding beginning in 2021.

Information for applicants can be found on Competition Space. All applications are encouraged to consider utilizing and incorporating Center core services in the proposal, if applicable.

2020 P/F Grant Awards

  • Eric Buras, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine MEND: "Thrombospondin-1 promotes fibro-adipogenic remodeling and contractile dysfunction of the diaphragm in obesity"
  • Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences, School of Public Health: "Piloting the impact of an intuitive eating-based workplace wellness program"

2019 P/F Grant Awards

  • Erica Jansen, Research Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences: "Circadian gene DNA methylation as a predictor of 10-year BMI gains among women" ($25,000)
  • Alla Karnovsky, Research Associate Professor, DCMB: "Exploring Diet/Lipidome Interactions to Understand the Development of Adverse Cardiometabolic Phenotypes in the SWAN Cohort." ($25,000)
  • Laura Saslow, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing: "Piloting the impact of a carbohydrate-reduced eating pattern for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease" ($50,000)

2018 P/F Grant Awards

  • Daniel Lawrence, PhD, Professor, Internal Medicine – Cardiology: "Metabolic insults, the neurovascular unit and Alzheimer’s" ($50,000)
  • Yewei Ji, PhD, Research Investigator, Molecular and Integrative Physiology: "Toll-like Receptors Act as Brakes on Adaptive β-cell Mass Expansion" ($25,000)
  • Anna Mathew, MD, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine – Nephrology: "Metabolic approach to Understanding the Role of Eicosanoids in Salt Sensitivity in CKD" ($25,000)

2017 P/F Grant Awards

  • Charles Evans, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine – Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes: “Differentiating intrinsic and exercise training-responsible contributions to exercise capacity, obesity, and metabolic health” ($38,000)
  • Xin (Tony) Tong, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology: “Role and mechanisms of E4BP4 in high-fat diet-induced liver steatosis” ($38,000)
  • Abhijit Naik, MBBS, Internal Medicine – Nephrology: "Effect of moderate caloric restriction on glomerular growth after kidney transplantation" ($23,441)

2016 P/F Grant Awards

  • Kanakadurga Singer, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics: “Probing sex differences in diet induced inflammation through profiling of hematopoietic progenitors” ($45,000)
  • Marianna Sadagurski, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Internal Medicine, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine: “Growth hormone receptor modulates glucose homeostasis in nutrient-sensing leptin receptor expressing neurons” ($10,000 small grant)
  • Raymond Trievel, PhD, Associate Professor, Biological Chemistry: “Characterization of the Molecular Functions of the Obesity-linked Protein Nocturnin” ($45,000)

2015 P/F Grant Awards

  • Jun Wu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Institute, Molecular and Integrative Physiology: “Beige fat-specific regulation in mice and humans” ($25,000)
  • Monica Dus, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (MCDB): “Metabolites as key regulators of feeding states” ($25,000)
  • Wei Perng, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences: “Metabolomic patterns and development of metabolic risk in US and Mexican children” ($25,000)
  • Ingrid Bergin, DVM, MS, Assistant Professor, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine: “Effects of calcium and multi-mineral supplementation on gut microbes and microbially-derived metabolites in patients at risk for colon cancer” ($25,000)

2014 P/F Grant Awards

  • Robert W O'Rourke, Associate Professor of Surgery, Medical School: "glutamine as substrate for de novo lipogenesis in adipocyte-pancreatic cancer metabolic crosstalk- a pilot study" ($33,000)
  • Christa Patterson, Research Investigator, Internal Medicine, Medical School: "Role of Atf3 in central leptin regulation of physiology and neuronal function" ($33,000)
  • Hiroyuki Mori, Research Investigator, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School: "Role of Wnt11 as a mediator of HIF-1α effects in adipose tissue biology" ($33,000)
  • Elizabeth Speliotes, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Assistant Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School: "NAFLD Metabolomics" ($25,000)

2013 P/F Grant Awards

  • Rebecca Hasson, PhD, Assistant Professor (School of Kinesiology): "Stress-induced eating behavior: implications for pediatric obesity disparities in Latino and African-American Youth" ($50,000)
  • Jun Hee Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor (Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology): "The role of Sestrin1 against obesity-associated muscle metabolic pathologies" ($50,000)

2012 P/F Grant Awards

  • Lei Yin, PhD, Assistant Professor (Dept of Molecular and Integrative Physiology): "Nutrient-dependent Regulation of Molecular Clock" ($50,000)
  • Shanti Eswaran, MD, Clinical Lecturer (Department of Medicine - Division of Gastroenterology): "Low FODMAP diet vs. usual care for patients with irritable bowel syndrom with diarrhea (IBS-D): a randomized, controlled trial and gastroinestinal microbiome analysis" ($50,000)
  • David P. Olson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor (Pediatrics and Communicable Disease): "The Role of Vasopressin Neurons in Energy Balance" ($50,000)

2011 P/F Grant Awards

  • Ana Baylin, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology: "Fatty Acids and Risk of Overweight in School-Aged Children" ($50,000)
  • Siming Li, Assistant Research Scientist, Life Sciences Institute: "Dissecting transcriptional control of brown adipocyte development through genome-wide functional screen" ($50,000) 

2010 P/F Grant Awards

  • Carey Lumeng, MD, PhD and Susan Woolford, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric and Communicable Diseases: "Inflammatory monocytes in childhood obesity" ($33,000)
  • Dana Dolinoy, PhD, Searle Assistant Professor, SPH Environmental Health Science: "In Utero BPA exposure: Effects on metabolic homeostasis mediated by epigenetic labile loci" ($33,000)
  • Jorge A. Iniguez-Lluhi, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacology: "Novel bifunctional glucocorticoid receptor ligands with favorable metabolic profiles through the display of novel chemical functionalities" ($33,000) 

2009 P/F Grant Awards

  • David Lombard, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology and Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology: "Role of acetylation in regulating the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex" ($50,000)
  • Julie Lumeng, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatric & Comm Diseases, Asst Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth and Development: "Diurnal salivary cortisol in association with cardiovascular risk markers and weight status in low-income preschool-aged children" ($25,000)

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