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2022-2023 Special Call
for Applications for Applicants
from Underrepresented Groups

The primary objective of this request for applications is to support the development of innovative research in nutrition and obesity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). This award cycle is specifically designed for researchers from underrepresented groups at UNC-CH to collect preliminary data that supports a grant application for independent research support and published work.

Newly Streamlined 3-page Application Process

The newly revised guidelines for full proposals can be found here. Complete applications must be submitted as a single PDF file by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, August 8, 2022, using the online form here. For more information about the application process, please contact Dr. John Easterbrook.


Faculty members or senior postdoctoral scholars at UNC-CH who identify as a member of an underrepresented group and who fall into one of the following three categories are eligible to apply:

  • Applicants must be new investigators without current or past NIH research support (R01, P01 or R24) as a PD/PI. Current or past K01 awards are acceptable. OR
  • Applicants must be established, funded investigators with no previous work in nutritional sciences and/or obesity and who wish to test the applicability of their expertise to a nutritional science and/or obesity-related problem. OR
  • Applicants must be established investigators in nutrition/obesity research who propose testing innovative ideas that represent a clear departure from their ongoing research interests.


The UNC NORC will award one grant of $40,000 in direct costs only. The award must be spent within one year of the project’s start date. The project’s start date must be within three months of notice of award. P&F funding is not intended to extend projects for which it would be appropriate to submit an NIH grant application. Funds are not intended to support or supplement ongoing research projects. All expenses must conform to the general policies of UNC-CH and the UNC NORC. Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval is required before funds will be released. 75% of funds will be released upon completion of IRB and/or IACUC approvals; the remaining 25% of funds will be released after completion of a six-month progress report. The awardee will be expected to meet with their UNC mentor and the UNC NORC P&F Program Co-Directors at months 3, 6, and 9 (at a minimum).

Project Criteria

P&F Program projects may be biomedical, epidemiological, or clinical. They may include laboratory or non-laboratory research projects that focus either on human nutrition, animal work that could be translated to human nutrition, or basic research related to nutrition or obesity. Human nutrition or human obesity projects may focus on inpatient or outpatient studies or on epidemiological or community-based research that is social or behavioral in nature. To support their P&F projects, investigators are strongly encouraged to use one or more of the services offered by the four UNC NORC cores. We welcome applications intended to generate pilot data that will address reviewers’ comments from recently scored grants.

  • Basic Science and Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Chronic Diseases in Populations
  • Precision Nutrition: Metabolic Responses, Metabolic Variation, and Requirements for Nutrients
  • Understanding and Changing Diet- and Obesity-Related Behavior