2019 NORC P&F Funding Opportunity Announcement: Application due June 8th






Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UCSF

Pilot & Feasibility Funding Opportunity Announcement



The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at UCSF is sponsoring an open Request for Applications (RFA) for Pilot and Feasibility Grants, which provide funding for investigators to pursue novel and promising ideas broadly relevant to nutrition, obesity, and metabolism research. The NORC P&F Program is funded through a Center grant from NIDDK to facilitate the engagement of junior faculty and encourage new directions in NORC related research, regardless of a laboratory’s historical research focus.

UCSF Pilot funding of up to $50,000 per application is available for a period of 12 months from the time of award.

Sufficient financial support during the P&F funding year is intended to aid the research project to eventually secure extramural (preferably NIH) funding. Applicants are encouraged to make use of the Core Services supported by the NORC (see http://norc.ucsf.edu/cores) and will benefit from the subsidized rates independently of current NORC membership. Grantees must participate and present in the yearly NORC retreat. Publications resulting from the P&F award must acknowledge NORC Award P30DK098722.

Due Date

Applications are Due at Midnight on Monday, June 8th, 2019. We expect to make funding decisions by July 1, 2019.


Junior faculty engaged in research broadly relevant to nutrition, obesity, and metabolism who do not yet have NIH R01 funding (K awardees are welcome and encouraged to apply!).

Review Criteria

NIH review criteria (Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach, Environment) will be used. The reviewers will examine proposals for innovative research that will generate data sufficient for future extramural funding opportunities broadly related to metabolism, obesity and nutrition. Collaborative efforts with UCSF Faculty currently engaged in related research may better enable completion of approved research programs. Collaborative projects with colleagues at UCB/UC Davis/Buck Institute/CHORI are encouraged. Please contact Holly Ingraham ([email protected]) if more information is needed.



Click here to access application

You will be asked to upload the following components in a single PDF file:

  1. Research Plan - Not to exceed 2 pages excluding references - 0.5” margins, Arial/Times 11 font
  2. Statement of collaboration detailing interaction with NORC and proposed CORE usage on separate page (1-2 paragraphs)
  3. Budget and Budget Justification
  4. NIH Biosketch of PI (and Co-PI, if applicable)

Review Process

Applications are pre-reviewed by a board consisting of the Director of the UCSF NORC and the leaders of the NORC research programs. Selected applications are subsequently sent out to 2 extramural reviewers. The UCSF board makes funding decisions based upon the reviews and portfolio balance. All required approvals must be completed before funding is released. This year we will strive to fund applications that span Clinical or Basic Science projects.


Anne Sufka| [email protected]|415.514.9434