Purpose: The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity seeks to jumpstart systems-oriented childhood obesity research in a rapidly-changing physical or policy environment by supporting opportune pilot and feasibility projects with timelines that would not allow funding through the regular NIH review cycles. Support from this RFA will enable researchers to more successfully compete for additional funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or elsewhere to collect follow-up data and complete the evaluation of policy and/or environmental changes. Studies funded through this program will contribute to understanding the effects or potential effects of existing or impending policy, system, and/or environmental changes— (e.g., schools, homes, food and dining outlets, health care settings, community-based organizations)—on children’s diet, physical activity, energy balance, and weight status.
Receipt Date: A Study Concept Summary is due on July 22, 2012, and invited full proposals are due on August 31, 2012.
Total Awards: Up to 3 projects this round, each at $20,000 to $30,000 total costs, will be funded.
Eligibility: Proposals are welcomed from investigators with diverse backgrounds and at varying career levels worldwide. Investigators must be affiliated with a university, agency, or research center that meets the same eligibility criteria that apply to NIH funding.  See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-10-001.html. Junior and minority investigators worldwide are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Link: http://www.jhgcco.org/announcement_20120701.html
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