Each year, the UAB Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC) invites applications for Pilot Feasibility Studies that focus on any area of research related to obesity-related health disparities. 

Calls for Research Concepts for Secondary Data Analysis on Social Determinants of Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases are released periodically.

Projects on Obesity- and Health Disparities- Related Pilot Feasibility Studies

The Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC) is soliciting applications for pilot feasibility studies to support new research initiatives in any area related to obesity and health disparities for up to $50,000 for 1-year. Pilot feasibility funding is intended to provide initial project support for new investigators, allow exploration of possible innovative new directions for established investigators in obesity research that represent a significant departure from ongoing funded research, and stimulate investigators from other areas use their expertise for obesity and health disparities research.

Available funds: up to $50,000
Number of awards: up to three projects may be funded
Eligibility: NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators at the time of funding without current or past NIH research project support, or senior investigators who are new to obesity and/or health disparities research.

Key Dates
LOI Due: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Application Due: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Announcement of Recipients: Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Projected Start Date (estimated): Tuesday, October 1, 2019

LOI and Applications must be submitted electronically here.


For administrative questions, contact:

Lori Bateman, PhD
Program Director, OHDRC

Kaitlyn Waugaman, MPH
Program Administrator, OHDRC