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The mission of the NIDDK-funded Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) is to facilitate and support the conduct of cutting edge basic and translational research in the fields of nutrition and obesity science in the Boston area. BNORC’s Pilot and Feasibility Program provides funding on a competitive basis for new investigators who are transitioning to an independent line of research or established investigators with novel ideas in the area of nutrition and obesity research. Applications that address the themes of the Center will be given higher priority. These themes are: 1) Nutrient Metabolism in Health and Disease, 2) Brain Control of Feeding Behavior and Metabolism, and 3) Environmental and Genetic Influences on Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases. Please visit the Center’s website ( for descriptions of these themes.

Pilot and Feasibility awards are made with the expectation that the preliminary research supported by the pilot will lead to successful applications for additional external funding. Applicants are encouraged to consult and use BNORC Cores, which are as follows:

  • Adipose Biology and Nutrient Metabolism (at Boston Medical Center and Tufts University)
  • Epidemiology and Genetics (at Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics Core (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
  • Transgenic (at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)

LOI Deadline: September 7th, 2016

For more information, see the BNORC RFA.