Research Funding

Pilot Grants Program for the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases

Due Date:  August 31, 2017

The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD), funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (Award Number P20GM104320) from the NIH, invites applications for its pilot grant competition. The primary objective of this pilot grant program is to stimulate research in the area of nutrient signaling and to enhance competitiveness in obtaining extramural support. The maximum budget per project will be up to $50,000 direct costs per year for a maximum of two years; F&A costs are not allowed.

In this call for proposals, priority will be given to proposals in two areas; we anticipate funding one project:

  • Area 1: Prevention of obesity-related diseases through dietary molecules. Proposals targeting this area are expected to focus on the prevention of obesity-related diseases through essential and non-essential dietary compounds. Pharmaceutical approaches to the prevention and treatment of disease will not be considered.
  • Area 2: Interactions between diet and non-coding RNAs or Biomarkers of disease OR Quantitative research related to metabolic disease. Three lines of research will be considered for funding in Area 2, i.e., 1) proposals with a focus on the interactions among nutrition, non-coding RNAs, and disease, 2) proposals with a focus on biomarkers of disease, and 3) proposals that utilize quantitative research to study metabolic disease.

More information and the application can be found here:

APPLICATION: The application form for pilot awards is currently available on the NPOD website at under the Funding Opportunities tab.   Application forms can also be obtained from Sarah Gibson, Administrative Coordinator, NPOD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 316D Leverton Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0806, phone 402.472.3862, e-mail:

DEADLINE: Applications in pdf format must be received via email at   and/or no later than 5 PM on August 31, 2017.


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