Pilot Feasibility Program

The New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center (NYONRC) announces the availability of Pilot and Feasibility grants to support obesity-related research.


Three types of applications will be considered:

  • Proposals from Assistant Professors or Postdoctoral Fellows transitioning to FACULTY STATUS to carry out preliminary studies to be used for an NIH grant application. Applicants with prior funding through this or similar programs should not apply.
  • Proposals for innovative/high-risk projects by established investigators in the field of obesity/ingestive behavior. Continuation of current work is not acceptable.
  • Proposals from established investigators, without prior funding in obesity, who wish to undertake an obesity-related project.

Please note that graduate students may not apply.


Applicants may request up to $50,000 per year for one year. Indirect costs are NOT applicable. A second year of funding may be considered based on demonstrated progress and availability of funds. The awards can be used for salary support and/or research expenses.

Application Process

Note: We are not soliciting requests at this time.

  • Letter of Intent: Anticipated March (check back)
  • Completed application (if requested): Anticipated April
  • Decision made and funds committed: Anticipated June

Letter of intent

Please email a 1-page non-binding letter of intent stating the applicant’s name, campus address, title of project, and brief description of the proposed research, as well as other pertinent information, such as current use of NYONRC facilities and current obesity-related funding. Append an NIH-type biographical sketch. Please submit the entire letter of intent as a single PDF file.

Letters of intent should be addressed and e-mailed to:

Judith Korner, MD, PhD
Director for Pilot & Feasibility Program
c/o Katherine Marquez

Upon approval of the letter of intent, applicants will receive an invitation to apply for funding.­­­­­­­­


We use a simplified PHS 398 form for Pilot and Feasibility applications. Complete the front page as usual; approval from Grants & Contracts Office is not required.

  • Use the five-page NIH biosketch format for all key personnel.
  • The Research Plan should be limited to five (5) single-spaced pages, using 12-point type.
  • Literature Cited and Budget are not included in space limitations.
  • Please submit the entire application as a single PDF file.
  • Where appropriate, IACUC or IRB approval will be required prior to release of funds


Provide a brief background and rationale for the proposed study. If available provide any preliminary data.

Specific Aims

State concisely the objectives of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed research will exert on the research field(s) involved. Specific objectives of the research proposed may include but are not limited to the following: to test a stated hypothesis, create a novel design, solve a specific problem, challenge an existing paradigm or clinical practice, address a critical barrier to progress in the field, or develop new technology.

Research Strategy

Organize the Research Strategy in the specified order using the instructions provided below. For each Specific Aim, provide preliminary data if available and include a description of: Significance, Innovation, and Approach.


  • Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses


  • Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms.
  • Describe any novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s) to be developed or used, and any advantage over existing methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s).


  • Experimental Design: Briefly describe experimental design and methods.
  • Statistical Analysis: Briefly describe statistical methods that will be used for data analysis. If appropriate, provide power analysis.
  • Provide brief interpretation of expected results.

Additional Information

Describe plans for seeking future funding after completion of this proposal

Literature Cited

References should be cited in this section


Provide a breakdown of how funds will be allocated in general categories such as salary support, animals, reagents, etc.