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RSSP Priority Area Pilot Grants: Announcement of FY2020-2021 Funding

Grant Due Date Start Date Award Amount
Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR)  12/15/2019 2/1/2020 – 3/1/2020 Level 1 Max budget: $20,000

Level 2 Max budget: $10,000

Tufts CREATE Solutions 1/9/2020 2/12/2020 $1,000 – $25,000
Healthy Aging at Tufts Initiative  2/28/2020 7/1/2020 $500 – $50,000

Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR): The Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR) (formally Tufts Global Obesity Collaborative) is pleased to invite pilot project applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research and Scholarship, TIGOR fosters collaborations to address the complex societal issue of obesity, with a focus on both domestic and global obesity. This is the second round of this pilot study program. Grants will be awarded at two levels with a maximum of 4 grants in total. In an effort to bolster grant submissions for extramural funding, a federal or foundation grant proposal, or substantial progress towards a proposal will be expected as the final product from this funding opportunity.

Inquiries may be directed to The deadline for submission to the Pilot Grants for Obesity Research program is Sunday, December 15, 2019.  Researchers should submit their proposals to Detailed guidelines can be found here.


Tufts CREATE Solutions: As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research and Scholarship, CREATE (Climate, Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Technology, and Ecology) Solutions is pleased to invite seed funding applications. CREATE Solutions is an initiative that builds on Tufts’ strong research programs in renewable energy, sustainability, agriculture, technology, policy, economics, and ecology. The mission of CREATE Solutions is to develop solutions to the global climate change crisis by fostering transdisciplinary research collaboration across all schools at Tufts. Our research responds to the integrated nature of the technical, environmental, and societal challenges we face. We aim to develop innovative approaches to prevent catastrophic climate change, increase resilience to the climate change already occurring, advance the low-carbon transition, and educate a new generation of professionals who can generate new knowledge and provide solutions.

We welcome climate-related research applications from faculty from all disciplines. Preference will be given to applications that foster collaborative and interdisciplinary research, and which are likely to lead to new research grants from extramural sources. Investigators from all stages in their career are encouraged to apply. It is anticipated that a maximum of 4 grants will be awarded per year. Please consult the program guidelines for information on program eligibility and submission requirements. Inquiries may be directed to Jillian DeStone at The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 9, 2020.


Healthy Aging Pilot Grant
Submission due: February 28, 2020

Healthy Aging at Tufts Initiative is a collaborative initiative that spans all schools and centers at Tufts (including Tufts Medical Center) and was initiated to stimulate and foster a “One Health,” interdisciplinary collaborative research to study/improve/enhance healthy aging. This will serve as the second round of this pilot study program.

We welcome aging-related research applications from all disciplines. Priority will be given to applicants that foster interdisciplinary research and/or propose approaches from investigators to collaborate and who have not traditionally conducted research in the area of aging. Both junior and senior investigators are encouraged to apply (see Eligibility for more details). It is anticipated that a maximum of 3 grants will be awarded.

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