The purpose of the MNORC Pilot /Feasibility (P/F) Grant Program is to promote research on the biological and behavioral determinants of obesity, and to develop interventions to reduce obesity and its disease sequelae using basic, clinical, or population approaches. The P/F program’s aim is to enable both new and established University of Michigan investigators to generate sufficient preliminary information for a successful application for major research funding from NIH or other national granting agencies.
Grant proposals may be in areas of basic biomedical research or in clinical, epidemiological, or translational research, e.g. interventions in clinical or population-based setting. Animal or human models may be considered. Grant proposals involving cross-disciplinary expertise, Faculty from different UM schools, and that utilize the core laboratories of the MNORC are especially encouraged.
The MNORC 2021 Call for Proposals aims to foster research addressing key questions in the areas of:
Pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, or control of obesity; complications of obesity or related endocrine or metabolic disorders (e.g. counter-regulatory proteins, metabolic syndrome); neuro-peptides that may control eating behavior or energy expenditure; adipose tissue biology; influence of gut flora on nutrient absorption and cellular functions related to energy utilization.
Translational research projects are encouraged and should focus on research advances into clinical practice or population-based interventions related to obesity, and include identification of barriers to widespread adoption of new science and the testing of interventions to overcome these barriers.