Grants

Grants 2019-07-10T16:30:48+00:00

The Obesity Society’s grants program demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity. We are now accepting Letters of Intent until August 12, 2019.

Applicants may apply for multiple grants.

A description of each grant and the instructions on how to apply are below.

If you have any questions, please email grantsandawards@obesity.org.

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Early Career Research Grant

The grant 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 grant targets early career 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/DSc or DVM within the past five years, or MD/DO within the past eight years, at the time of application. Investigators must also currently have a full-time, entry-level position (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. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified approximately one month later. All applicants and their mentors must be TOS members in good standing. Funding will begin the next calendar year.

WW Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant

WW International and The Obesity Society have partnered to award one investigator the Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant for a one-year period. The grant will focus on the development of a scalable, behavioral weight-­loss intervention that includes digital tools. The purpose of the grant is to help investigators collect pilot data to successfully compete for larger extramural funding. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified approximately one month later. All career levels are eligible to apply. The $50,000 grant will be funded for a one-year period beginning in January of the following calendar year.

Early Career Research Grant Eligibility Criteria:

The following applies to the principal investigator (PI):

  • Member of The Obesity Society (domestic or international)
  • Early-career investigator or post-doctoral research fellow:
    • PhD/DSc or DVM within the past five years; MD/DO within the past eight years at the time of application
    • Applicants may not be a post-doctoral fellow for more than 5 years
    • No previous major research funds as PI (e.g., R01, U01, P01, nor any extramural funding totaling more than $250,000 per year of direct costs)
  • Applications from post-doctoral research fellows must have a current TOS member as a mentor
  • Assistant and Associate Professors may serve as their own mentor
  • Potential to generate future funding

PhD/DSc, DVM or MD/DO degree must be obtained by date of application submission.

How to Apply

Step 1

  • Submit a Letter of Intent cover page
  • Submit a 1-page Letter of Intent – (describe the scientific project, statement of specific aims, hypotheses, and how the study is new and innovative)
    • 1 page on institutional letterhead
    • 1/2 inch margins
    • 11-point font size
  • Submit an NIH style biosketch for the principal investigator. If the principal investigator is a post-doctoral fellow, the biosketch of the mentor should also be included

Step 2

Applicants selected by The Obesity Society’s Scientific Review Committee will be notified and requested to submit a full proposal package. Required documents include:

  • Abstract (1-page summary of the proposal)
  • 3-page proposal
    • Brief introduction to the proposed study and rational for investigation (How will this work benefit the field?)
    • Statement of specific aims and hypotheses
    • Material and methods
    • Anticipated results
    • Future plans (How will the findings of this project be leveraged for future work?)
  • Timeline
  • Budget justification
  • Biosketches (2-page maximum) for each investigator and mentor (if applicable)

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

  • Responsiveness to the intent of the grant announcement
  • Novelty of the research
  • Feasibility of producing meaningful research results within one year of the grant
  • Scientific design
  • Feasibility and adequacy of the schedule of deliverables within the proposed one year time frame
  • Likelihood of leveraging these results for larger funding opportunities

WW Karen Miller-Kovach Research Grant Eligibility Criteria:

  • All career levels
  • Investigators active in the field of obesity

How to Apply

Step 1

  • Submit a Letter of Intent cover page
  • Submit a 1-page Letter of Intent – (describe the scientific project, statement of specific aims, hypotheses, and how the study is new and innovative)
    • 1 page on institutional letterhead
    • 1/2 inch margins
    • 11-point font size
  • Submit an NIH style biosketch for the principal investigator. If the principal investigator is a post-doctoral fellow, the biosketch of the mentor should also be included:
    • While the WW science team does not have any role in reviewing or awarding the research grant, the WW science team is available to provide information about the technological features of the WW mobile app and engagement data that may be available and helpful for the application
    • Although it is not a requirement of the grant to involve the WW Meetings or online experience, projects that propose to test a feature as part of the WW experience must obtain written approval by the WW science team prior to application submission. The approval letter must be submitted with the project application
    • For more information, please email grantsandawards@obesity.org

Step 2

Applicants selected by The Obesity Society’s Scientific Review Committee will be notified to submit a full 3-page proposal along with a timeline, budget, and biosketches (2-page maximum) for each investigator and mentor (if applicable).

Criteria for Evaluating Applications

  • Responsiveness to the intent of the grant announcement
  • Novelty of the research
  • Scientific design
  • Feasibility and adequacy of the schedule of deliverables within the proposed one year time frame
  • Potential for the awardee to use the funded project to lead to future research (e.g., pilot data for submission of an R01 or similar project, broader application of tools developed in the funded project)

Revised 7.01.19