The University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and the NIH-funded Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) are requesting applications for pilot and feasibility projects. Our goal is to support new investigators with projects relevant to nutrition or obesity who have no independent NIH (or comparable) funding.

  • Pilot projects will be funded for $10,000 – $20,000 (direct costs) for 1 year.
  • Evidence in the application that the mentor is prepared to provide some matching funds will be considered a strength but is not required.
  • A second year of funding may be available depending on demonstrated progress on the project and availability of funds.
  • No salary support for principal investigators is allowed, but salary may be requested for technical support.
  • Carefully justify expenses in all categories.
  • Investigators early in their training are strongly advised to identify a mentor who will help support the
    applicant in the conduct of the proposed project (a mentor support form is included in the application packet). Absence of documented evidence of mentor’s support for post-doctoral applicants will be considered a relative weakness.
  • Use of one of the NORC Core Labs in the proposed project will be viewed a relative strength.
  • The goal of the program is to help junior investigators perform studies that will help them in their efforts to obtain future funding, such as a K award or an individual R award.

Please contact the NORC Pilot Program Director Daniel Bessesen at if you have questions about your eligibility or details about the application process.

The submission deadline is June 1, 2018 and the award date is August 1st, 2018.

Applications will be submitted as a PDF to