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  1. UTORC Pilot and Feasibility Grants
    P&F Proposals in Interdisciplinary Obesity Research (2009-10) [ Form Only ]
    Purpose: The purpose of this P & F program is to provide, through the UTORC, research seed funds and/or release time for faculty to develop multidisciplinary and multi-PI obesity research proposals. The goal is to better position UTORC members to compete for external grant applications to NIH, USDA and other foundations, to conduct research in the field of obesity. Research proposals funded via this mechanism are expected to lead to grant applications submitted through UTORC. Please note that this is not for professional development or travel, unless clearly justified to benefit grant applications. There are other programs at the departmental, college and University levels for such needs.
    Eligibility: Both new and established faculty can apply, so long as the projects are multidisciplinary, involve multiple investigators, and address a high impact, and “fundable” area of research.
    2008-2009 Awards
  1. External Agencies: New Funding Opportunities for April 2011

    Some of you have may have already seen the recently released NIH strategic plan for obesity:
    Both summary and complete plan can be downloaded from this site.

    The following sections are pasted directly from the web site, and highlight overarching themes around which the strategic plan was framed (in other words these are the high priority obesity research areas):

    1. Discover fundamental biologic processes that regulate body weight and influence behavior.
    2. Understand the factors that contribute to obesity and its consequences
    3. Design and test new interventions for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
    4. Evaluate promising strategies for obesity prevention and treatment in real-world settings and diverse populations
    5. Harness technology and tools to advance obesity research and improve healthcare delivery
    6. Facilitate integration of research results into community programs and medical practice

In addition, the following link provides a comprehensive list of all obesity-related RFAs.

As always, please let us know if you are interesting in partnering with others to develop research collaborations in one or more of the above areas, and the center would gladly facilitate that.  We have especially unique opportunities here to develop targeted projects involving Extension faculty in community intervention projects, AgResearch/veterinary medicine/BCMB faculty in cell.Mol and animal model studies; and both the UT Graduate School of Medicine and UTHSC-Memphis for clinical collaborations that also involve interested nutrition, nursing and exercise science center members.