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.

 

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.

New Grant! - Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant

TOS has accepted grant proposals for the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-loss management intervention that includes digital tools. Applications were due by Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:59 am ET Applicants whose LOI are judged well will be announced on July 31, 2014 and will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 29, 2014. The grant recipient will be notified by September 30, 2014 and announced at the TOS Annual Conference, ObesityWeek 2014, November 2-7 in Boston, MA.

New Grant! - 2014 Egg Nutrition Center Research Grant

TOS is accepting grant proposals for studies designed to look at the impact of macronutrient composition on overweight and obesity related conditions (i.e., insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, etc.).
Applications are due by COB Tuesday, August 5, 2015 (5:00pm EST). Applicants whose LOI are judged well will be announced on August 26, 2014 and will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 16, 2014. The grant recipient will be notified by October 14, 2014 and announced at the TOS Annual Conference, ObesityWeek 2014, November 2-7 in Boston, MA. Click here to apply.

 

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.

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