The Obesity Society’s grants program demonstrates our commitment to promote, reward, and encourage research in the field of obesity. Letters of Intent submissions are now closed for 2020.

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


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 must be TOS members in good standing. Funding will begin the next 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