Obesity Society Grants

The Obesity Society's grants program demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity. Pilot grants of up to $25,000 for a 1-year period will be offered to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The call for applications is announced annually in the spring.


2014 Grant Recipients Recognized at ObesityWeek

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2014 Research Grant Season. This season was particularly competitive with record numbers of Letters of Intent received. Our thanks to the Scientific Review Committee for all their hard work. Please join our recipients as they are recognized during the TOS Opening Session of ObesityWeek on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in Boston, MA.


Early-Career Research Grants

This program (formerly, New Investigator Research Grants) is offered by The Obesity Society, as a member service, to foster and stimulate new research ideas in any area of investigation related to obesity. The program targets junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees by funding proposals that demonstrate a high likelihood of resulting in new and innovative approaches in obesity research. Early-Career investigators are defined as individuals who have received a PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years and who currently hold full-time, entry-level positions (e.g., post-doctoral fellow, instructor, assistant professor) at an established academic/research institution. Applicants may request up to $25,000.

2014 Early-Career Research Grant Recipients

TOS is pleased to announce the following 2014 Early-Career Research Grant recipients:

  • Courtney Peterson, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Christina Roberto, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health

Click here for more information about the 2014 Early-Career Research Grant recipients.


Past Early-Career Recipients

These grants are administered by The Obesity Society's Scientific Review Committee, through a call for letters of intent annually. Please contact Jean McMahon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for questions regarding these grants. 

2014 Early-Career Research Grants


Named Research Grants

The Obesity Society offers the opportunity for Named Research Grants in obesity research. These grants can be structured to focus on particular aspects of obesity research to enrich the body of knowledge in the desired area. Grant amounts are established by the organization sponsoring the grant with a minimum of $25,000. The following organizations have sponsored grants through The Obesity Society's Grants Program. Please click to see lists of past recipients: Wrigley Scientific Institute, Covidien, Nutrisystem, Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline. Membership is required to apply for these grants.

These grants are administered by The Obesity Society's Scientific Review Committee and are made available based on sponsorship from organizations.

2014 Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant

Congratulations to Evan Forman, PhD, of Drexel University for being awarded this grant in the amount of $40,000 for a year-long study. Find out more here.

2014 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant

Congratulations to Dexi Liu, PhD, of the University of Georgia for being awarded this grant in the amount of $40,000 for a year-long study. Find out more here.

2014 Early Career Professional Awards

Congratulations to the 17 travel grant recipients awarded in 2014 thanks to generous unrestricted grant funding from the Coca-Cola Company. 

TOS is seeking grant proposals for the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-loss intervention that includes digital tools. Applications are due by Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:59 am ET. Click here for application instructions. For a list of frequently asked questions, you may download the pdf here.

If you have additional questions after reading the instructions, contact Jean McMahon via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone at 240-485-1955.

New Grant! - Egg Nutrition Research Center Grant

Seeking grant proposals for studies designed to look at the impact of macronutrient intake (carbs vs. proteins vs. fats) on overweight and obesity in children will be given top priority. 

Information on new Named Research Grant opportunities will be updated here as they become available. Grant opportunities are also announced in our weekly newsletter as they become available. Sign up here to receive the TOS eNews.


Pat Simons Travel Grants

As part of its commitment to young investigators in the field of obesity research, each year The Obesity Society awards a number of $500 travel grants to support young investigator attendance at the Annual Meeting. Barbara Rolls, TOS past President, created these special grants after losing her mother, Pat Simons, to obesity-related disease.

Encouraged by the desire to make a difference in her mother's name, Barbara joined family and friends to identify the most appropriate means to honor her. She long recognized that the origin of her mother's disease was obesity, and while suggestions were made to donate to diabetes or heart associations, Barbara felt it was important to support the great work behind the research, treatment and prevention of obesity - the primary disease that took her mother's life. And, because Pat was an educator, Barbara specifically wanted to support the education of students in the field. With all of this in mind, the Pat Simons Travel Grants were created.

Eligibility Requirements

Each year, TOS Council determines the exact number of grants and winners are selected from the rankings of the abstracts submitted to TOS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek. Finalists are only required to return a form signed by their institution acknowledging that the winner is either a graduate student or has received a PhD or MD less than 5 years ago. Membership is not required to apply for these grants.

How to Apply

This grant is administered as part of the call for abstracts for the Annual Meeting, which closed June 1, 2014. Grant recipients will be announced in summer 2014.  Don't forget to submit your abstracts for consideration for 2014 on the submission site when it opens May 1. Download your verification form here to submit with your abstract for consideration before the application deadline on June 1, 2014.

If you would like to donate to the Pat Simons Travel Grants, please submit your donation via one of the approved methods listed here, and specify that the donation should be applied to the grants.

Please contact the Annual Meeting Department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.


Bench to Bedside and Beyond Early Career Travel Grant

TOS Secretary-Treasurer and 2014 Atkinson-Stern recipient Martin Binks, PhD, FTOS, has created a new path to travel funding with the creation of the Bench to Bedside & Beyond travel grants. Addressing obesity requires an integrated, multipronged approach from all areas — including clinical, public health, policy and research. With that in mind, Dr. Binks has created and agreed to fund 2 annual travel grants in the amount of $1000 each to recognize and provide opportunities for all those who fight obesity across the spectrum.

Bench to Bedside and Beyond travel grant recipients must meet TOS Early Career membership criteria and be in attendance at ObesityWeek.  Recipients are chosen on site based on a simple lottery.

Congratulations to 2014 recipients:

  • Katelyn Gettens, a graduate student at the University of Connecticut
  • Pia Villarroel, a nutritionist at the Universidad de Chile


FosterSchauer Award

Beginning at the inaugural ObesityWeek conference, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS) announced a new travel grant for young investigators. This grant has been named in honor of Gary Foster, PhD and Philip Schauer, MD, the original ObesityWeek founders/chairs. Two winners will be selected, one from TOS and one from ASMBS, based on the quality and ranking of an abstract that has been accepted for presentation during ObesityWeek. The grant winners’ abstracts should be of interest to the members of both societies, representing the goal of creating a multidisciplinary conference on obesity by bringing the ASMBS and TOS Annual Meetings together as ObesityWeek,

To qualify, candidates must reside/study outside of the United States, representing the goal of creating a conference international in scope, and be either a graduate student or have received a PhD or MD less than 5 years ago, representing the goal of creating a conference with a more international scope. Each winner is awarded a travel stipend of $2500, which is intended to offset the cost of travel to attend ObesityWeek.


Congratulations to 2014 recipients:

  • TOS Recipient: Ruth Brown, MSc, PhD Candidate, York University School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
  • ASMBS Recipient: Ali Aminian, MD, Bariatric Clinical Scholar; The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
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