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.