Small Grants Program

The Small Grants programs are designed to allow investigators to obtain funds relatively quickly to perform experiments that will test a hypothesis, gather preliminary data to support grant applications, or to perform experiments that will allow submission of a new or revised manuscript. This has proven successful for a number of investigators and has received enthusiastic response from the Research Base.

Similar to the Standard Grants, the applicant can be from any area of research related to nutrition and obesity research. In general, these grants have been used to access Core laboratories, but funds can also be used for promising projects that do not use the Core infrastructure. Up to $10,000 will be awarded. There is no deadline. Awards will be determined on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.

Applicants are required to prepare an application of no more than five pages that outlines the specific aims of the study, a short background and proposed methodology. If the applicant wishes to access a core laboratory, they will be required to document discussions with Core personnel to assure that the project is within the scope of the core and the project can be completed within the timeframe required by the investigator (i.e. for grant submission, paper resubmission, etc.). A budget page is required as well as a justification. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and it is our goal to provide a decision on the application within two weeks of receipt.

Past Awardees

  • Maureen Devlin, PhD (Anthropology): "Metabolic markers of facultative thermogenic mechanisms in murine models"
  • Xin Tong, MD, PhD (Molecular & Integrative Physiology): "Identification of lipid perturbations in Chrebp knockout mouse liver in response to high-fructose diet"
  • Dina Hafez-Griauzde, MD (Internal Medicine – General Medicine): “A Mixed Methods Pilot Study of a Low-Carbohydrate Diabetes Prevention Program Among Individuals with Prediabetes”
  • Dave Bridges, PhD (Nutritional Sciences): “Tissue Specific Inhibition of Diet-Induced Thermogenesis”
  • Brian Callaghan, MD (Neurology): “Identifying the metabolites associated with polyneuropathy in obese populations”
  • Richard Dopp, MD (Psychiatry): “The WINNERS Project: Weight Increases Negated by New Exercise Routines”
  • Lauren Koch, PhD (Anesthesiology): “Identifying the metabolic benefit of exercise on aging and longevity”
  • Katherine Bauer, PhD (Nutritional Sciences): “Understanding weight control strategies among a contemporary adolescent cohort”
  • Jun Hee Lee, PhD (Molecular and Integrative Physiology): “Metabolic effects of Sestrin1 overexpression in muscle”
  • Martin Myers, MD, PhD (Internal Medicine - Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes): “Role of brainstem leptin action in exercise tolerance”
  • Julie Lumeng, MD (Pediatrics - Child Behavioral Health): “Identifying biomarkers for psychosocial stress in low-income children ”
  • Carol Elias, PhD (Molecular and Integrative Physiology): “Molecular basis of obesity induced placental dysfunction and poor pregnancy outcome”
  • Sung Choi, MD, MS (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology): “- Clinical Outcomes, Nutritional Status, Exercise and Psychosocial factors in pediatric hematopoietic cell Transplant (CONSEPT) ”
  • Kanakadurga Singer M.D. (Pediatric Endocrinology): “Alterations in hematopoietic cell fatty acid metabolism with obesity”
  • Monica Dus, PhD (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology): “The effect of diet-derived metabolites on the central regulation of feeding behavior”
  • Richard Dopp, MD (Psychiatry): “The NEW DAY Project (Nutritional and Exercise Wellness: Developing Attitudes in Youth)”
  • Daniel Teitelbaum, MD (Surgery): "TPN-Related Alterations in the Metabolome of the Humane Intestinal Lumen"
  • Ronald J Buckanovich, MD, PhD (Internal Medicine - Hematology/Oncology): “ALDH inhibitors as a cancer stem cell targeted therapeutic ”
  • Neal Blatt, MD, PhD (Pediatrics - Nephrology): “Citrate Modulation of Inflammatory Responses”
  • Jerome Kalifa, MD, PhD (Internal Medicine - Cardiology): “Role of myocardial-ischemia related biofactors in atrial fibrillation initiation and maintenance”
  • Simon Evans, PhD (Psychiatry): “Nutritional Components of Psychiatric Disease and Treatment Response”
  • Gary Luker, MD (Microbiology & Immunology): “Intersection of Nutritional Inputs and Chemokine Receptor Signaling in Breast Cancer Metabolome”
  • Almudena Veiga-Lopez, DVM, PhD (Molecular & Integrative Physiology): “Impact of Testosterone Excess on Maternal/Fetal Free Fatty Acid Homeostasis”
  • Daniel H. Teitelbaum, M.D. (Surgery): “Alterations in the mucosal metabolome and association with microbiome change in mice receiving total parenteral nutrition”
  • Katarina Borer, Ph.D. (Kinesiology): “Amino Acid Measurements”
  • Catherine Kim, MD, MPH (OBGYN): “Correlations between amino acids, glucose, and fasting insulin among women histories of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)”
  • Joyce Lee, MD, MPH (Pediatrics - Endocrinology): “Metabolomic Predictors of Pediatric Prediabetes”


Individuals who have full-time instructional or research faculty positions at the University of Michigan are eligible to apply as Principal Investigators of P&F proposals. Preference will be given to junior investigators, senior investigators who are investigating a novel area in their nutrition or obesity research program, and investigators who are new to the nutrition/obesity field.