ECI Grant Review Program

Program Overview

The Early-Career Investigator Grant Review Program is an initiative led by the Early-Career Investigator Committee, which will provides a forum for students, postdocs, and junior scientists to receive mentorship from senior investigators on their grant proposals. The program was launched at Obesity 2010, the 28th Annual Meeting of the Obesity Society, in San Diego, CA at the Early-Career Investigator Forum. Slides from the ECI forum can be found here.

What is The Grant Review Program?

Established TOS investigators will voluntarily review the "Specific Aims" section of a grant proposal and give feedback to early-career investigators.


Pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior scientists who have held an independent faculty position (or equivalent) for ≤ 5 years and who are currently TOS members.

How will the program work?

Early-career investigators will submit a face page (including 2-3 sentence narrative, 3-5 keywords, 2 names of suggested reviewers), specific aims page, list of co-investigators and a short bio-sketch or CV to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Early-Career Investigator Committee will match investigators with reviewers. Investigators should receive feedback within 30 days of the match.


The deadline for the 2012 program will be November 14, 2012, 4:00 PM, EST. Early Career investigators will need to have all materials submitted by this time in order to be matched.

Application forms

Volunteer Reviewers

For a list of the senior TOS members who have agreed to serve as reviewers, please click here. Early Career program applicants need to identify at least two potential reviewers from this list.

Call for Reviewers

The Early-Career Investigator Committee invites established experts in obesity and surrounding fields, to participate as potential reviewers. As a senior investigator this is a great way to show your commitment to developing the next generation of scientists. If you are willing to participate as a reviewer for the Early-Career Grant Review Program, please contact us via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and send us a list of your areas of expertise. This will help us to match pairs accordingly.

Resources for Early-Career Investigators

There are many resources available to aid investigators in preparing their specific aims page. Here are examples of a few that are available online:


(Please note: External Links are provided as a courtesy. The Obesity Society is not responsible for the content on sites accessed through external links.)

clinician directory


obesity links


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