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About Membership

The UNC NORC offers two categories of membership – full membership and collaborating membership – described in the table below. Eligible investigators must have faculty appointments. Postdoctoral fellows or their equivalent are not eligible for membership.

Full Membership is open to any UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member who: (1) is actively engaged in nutrition- or obesity-related research that is supported by a major funding agency and/or (2) is using UNC NORC core services to advance nutrition- or obesity-related research. In addition, P&F awardees with faculty appointments are granted full membership in the UNC NORC.

Collaborating Membership is open to faculty members at institutions within the University of North Carolina System who collaborate with UNC NORC full members on nutrition- or obesity-related research through either publications, grants, or usage of UNC NORC core services. Collaborating Members are not required to have an established nutrition- or obesity-related research program supported by a major funding agency.

How to Apply

To apply for membership, interested faculty members must submit a research statement, NIH biosketch, and an “Other Support” document. The research statement must detail the investigator’s nutrition- and/or obesity-related research and identify the UNC NORC interdisciplinary approaches that best describe their current research, paying particular attention to potential collaborative and synergistic relationships with the current UNC NORC membership. Please send the requested documentation to the UNC NORC Managing Director for membership consideration.


Membership benefits are described in detail in the table below. Members enjoy priority access to all UNC NORC core facilities and services. Through this network, members will also gain exposure for their research and publications, have an opportunity to network and collaborate with other UNC NORC investigators, and will have expanded access to nutrition and obesity-related conferences, seminars, trainings, and funding opportunities.

Membership Categories
Full MembershipCollaborating Membership
Priority access to the UNC NORC core facilities and services
Early consultation, especially for junior faculty members
Small-scale pilot work at no charge, especially for junior faculty members
Eligible for Pilot and Feasibility Program funding with a UNC-CH collaborator
Expanded opportunities for collaboration, training, and mentorship
Quarterly newsletters and nutrition- and obesity-related announcements
Invitations to attend and participate in the annual Interdisciplinary Nutrition Sciences Symposium, the Department of Nutrition Seminar Series, and other UNC NORC-sponsored events and Enrichment Program activities
Increased exposure and dissemination of research through the UNC NORC Enrichment Program, newsletter and website profiles
Members’ students and trainees will be eligible for NORC awards and student competitions
Access to UNC NORC logos for poster presentations and materials
Eligible to serve on the UNC NORC’s Internal Advisory Committee
Internal UNC rates apply for all core services with the exception of investigators at North Carolina State University and investigators at the North Carolina Research Campus using NRI-based core services, who will receive internal UNC rates.