Purpose: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support time-sensitive research to evaluate a new policy or program that is likely to influence obesity related behaviors (e.g., dietary intake, physical activity, or sedentary behavior) and/or weight outcomes in an effort to prevent or reduce obesity.  This FOA is intended to support research where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited review and funding.  All applications to this FOA must demonstrate that the evaluation of an obesity related policy and /or program offers an uncommon and scientifically compelling research opportunity that will only be available if the research is initiated with minimum delay.  For these reasons, applications in response to this time-sensitive FOA are not eligible for resubmission.  It is intended that eligible applications selected for funding will be awarded within 4 months of the application due date.  However, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline.
Receipt Date: Cycle Due Dates (new submission): Jan. 1, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 10, Jun. 11, Jul. 10, Aug. 10, and Sept. 13, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

Expires: September 14, 2018

Total Awards: The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Eligibility: Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
Link: http://bit.ly/2BEgG8B 
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