Awards and Grants

Awards and Grants 2018-10-05T14:07:26+00:00

The Obesity Society offers awards and grants to promote, reward and encourage the kinds of research and service you and your peers are doing in the field of obesity.

Awards

Awards from The Obesity Society recognize specific research achievements as well as other major contributions to the basic science, treatment and prevention of obesity. Awards also highlight the careers of obesity researchers.

Grants

Our grants program is designed to assist and support obesity-related research, especially when funding may be difficult to achieve. The Society offers grants for a one-year period to foster and stimulate new research and investigation related to obesity.

Please note: An applicant cannot receive more than one award or grant within a given calendar year.

Call for 2018 Award Nominations

The Obesity Society calls on members like you to nominate your colleagues in the field of obesity so they can be recognized by the prestigious TOS awards program.

The Obesity Society’s awards support obesity-related research and service at all career stages. The awards recognize specific contributions to:

  • Basic and/or population science related to obesity
  • Treatment and prevention of obesity
  • Obesity-related public policy and advocacy
  • Mentorship of trainees and junior colleagues in the field of obesity

The 2018 deadline for submitting an award nomination has passed. If you have questions about a submission or would like more information, please contact Regina Williams at goverance@obesity.org. Winners for 2018 will be announced in the coming months.

All submissions are reviewed by The Obesity Society’s Awards Committee. We encourage nominations that recognize the exceptional contributions of women and those from a diversity of backgrounds.

You can see brief descriptions of each award below.

Award Descriptions

Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service recognizes an individual or organization whose work has significantly improved the lives of those affected by obesity, whether through research, public policy, patient care or other means. This award includes a plaque and a $1,000 prize.

The George A. Bray Founders Award recognizes an individual for significant contributions advancing the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. The award includes a plaque and a $1,000 prize and is presented during a plenary session. The recipient is invited to present the George A. Bray Founders Award Lecture.

The George A. Bray Master’s Thesis & Doctoral Dissertation Awards recognize two students for successfully defending either their complete obesity-related master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation in the most recent year (from April 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018). Each recipient receives $1,500 to cover travel and registration for the upcoming ObesityWeek plus a $500 prize. Winners are acknowledged at ObesityWeek during the George Bray Founders Award Lecture.

The TOPS Research Achievement Award is made possible by an annual grant from the Take Off Pounds Sensibly Foundation (TOPS) and recognizes a singular achievement or contribution to research in the field of obesity. The award includes a plaque and a $5,000 prize plus a travel grant to the Annual Scientific Meeting. It is presented during a plenary session and the recipient is invited to present the TOPS Research Achievement Award Lecture.

TOS Scientific Achievement Award recognizes excellence in an obesity-related research career and includes a $5,000 prize, reimbursement of travel expenses up to $3,000 to attend the upcoming ObesityWeek, and a plaque. The award is presented during a plenary session and the recipient is invited to present the TOS Scientific Achievement Award Lecture.

The Friends of Albert (Mickey) Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who, like Mickey Stunkard, have made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the field of obesity in terms of scholarship, mentorship and education. The award includes a plaque and a $1,000 prize and is presented during a plenary session. The recipient is invited to present the Friends of Albert Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture.

Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship honors a mid-career or senior TOS member for distinguished mentorship of early career Society members. The award is named for Professor Thomas Wadden, PhD, a long-time mentor of obesity researchers and clinical care professionals. The recipient receives a plaque and a $1,000 prize.

Abstract Based Awards

Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award. Each year, during the call for abstracts, five young investigators are selected as finalists for this award for excellence in research. All finalists receive a travel grant of $1,000 to cover expenses for ObesityWeek. Each finalist presents his or her abstract during a concurrent ObesityWeek session, with one finalist receiving a $1,000 prize. The recipient is announced at the conclusion of the session.

The Rolls-Simons Travel Grant was established by TOS Past President Barbara Rolls after losing her mother, Pat Simons, to obesity-related disease. It provides eight TOS students or post-doctoral members with a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the upcoming ObesityWeek.

The Early Career Travel Grant supports contributions to the obesity field by early career investigators. Two winners each receive $1,000 for expenses related to ObesityWeek.

The Foster-Schauer International Travel Grant is provided to non-US early career or student TOS members who present high scoring oral or poster abstracts at ObesityWeek. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and TOS each select one recipient.

The Obesity Society’s Grants Program 2018 – Call for Letters of Intent

If you would like to receive detailed information about our grants program and letters of intent, or if you would like to make a submission, contact Regina Williams directly at rwilliams@obesity.org.

The 2018 deadline to submit a letter of intent to the TOS grants program has passed.

Grant Program Descriptions

Early Career Research Grants

These grants are offered by The Obesity Society to junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees to foster and stimulate new obesity-related research ideas and innovative approaches. Applicants may request up to $25,000. View frequently asked questions that give more information about these grants.

Early Career Grant Challenge

Similar to the Early Career Research Grants, this program is offered by The Obesity Society to junior-level investigators and postdoctoral trainees to foster and stimulate new obesity-related research ideas and innovative approaches. Four to five finalists will be selected to present their oral arguments during ObesityWeek to a panel of judges and the audience. They will each receive a $1,500 travel grant. One winner will be awarded the research grant for up to $25,000 for a one-year study.

Weight Watchers Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant

Weight Watchers and The Obesity Society have partnered to support the development of digital tools that employ evidence-based behavioral weight management strategies. Investigators will use the $50,000 grant to collect and use pilot data to compete for larger outside funding. The grant funds a one-year project.