Early Career Research Grants

Early Career Research Grants

This program (formerly, New Investigator Research Grants) is offered by The Obesity Society (TOS), 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 post-doctoral 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
  • 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. No indirect cost will be paid from this grant. Applications (Letters of Intent) are due Friday, July 15, 2016. The award may be expended over a period of up to one year.


Eligibility Criteria

The following applies to the Principal Investigator only:

  • Member of TOS (domestic or international)
  • Junior investigator or post-doctoral research fellow:
    • PhD within the past five years or MD within the past eight years
    • No previous major research funds as PI (e.g. RO1, UO1, PO1, P510), and any extramural funding totaling more than $250,000 per year of direct costs
    • Potential to generate future funding
  • Applications from postdoctoral research fellows must have a mentor who is a current TOS member
  • PhD: obtained not earlier than September 1, 2010; MD: obtained not earlier than September 1, 2007. Applicants may not be a post-doctoral fellow for more than five years.


How to Apply

Step 1

  • Prepare a one-page letter of intent cover page (MS Word) downloadable here.
  • Describe the scientific project, including AIMS and hypotheses, on a maximum of one page on institutional letterhead, one inch margins, font size no smaller than 11 point font
  • Prepare an NIH style biosketch (two page maximum) of the principal investigator, if the principal investigator is a postdoctoral fellow, the biosketch of the mentor should also be included. The TOS Biosketch is downloadable here. (PI and postdoctoral mentor, if applicable)
  • Please create one PDF with the letter of intent and biosketch with the file name:  LASTNAME_FIRSTINITIAL_2016ECRG_LOI then click here to submit by Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET. 

Note: The PI may only submit ONE ECRG application for the current grant year.

Step 2

Successful applicants selected by TOS's Scientific Review Committee will be notified by Friday, August 5, 2016 to submit a full four-page proposal along with timeline, budget, and biosketches (two page maximum) for each investigator and mentor (if applicable).


Criteria for evaluating applications

  • Responsiveness to the intent of the announcement
  • Novelty of the research
  • Feasibility of producing meaningful research results within one year of the grant
  • Scientific design
  • Feasibility of meeting budgetary constraints
  • Adequacy of proposed timeline and schedule of deliverables


Important dates

  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016
  • Full Proposal Request Notification: August 5, 2016
  • Full Proposal Submission Deadline: August 26, 2016
  • Grant Recipient Notified: September 16, 2016