OPC Extramural Funding
An important aim of the Obesity Prevention Center is to assist faculty in taking advantage of extramural funding opportunities currently available in the obesity prevention area. The OPC has been quite successful in helping faculty compete successfully for external funds. For those who choose to have their grants housed in the OPC, we also offer additional benefits, including:
- Opportunities for consultation with faculty who are internationally recognized for their research on the behavioral and environmental factors associated with obesity;
- Mentorship for junior faculty;
- Structure for fostering increased academic productivity;
- Portion of ICR returned to new investigators to further promote their careers;
- Availability of grants administration services including accounting services and assistance with noncompetitive renewals;
- Other research support services including statistical advising, data and safety monitoring services, and assistance with IRB applications.
Extramural Funding Submission Information
Currently Funded OPC Grants
Previous OPC Grants
OPC Pilot Funding
The OPC awards pilot funds to support research focused on understanding and responding to the public health crisis of obesity. Projects funded under this mechanism are multidisciplinary in nature and fit within the scope of the Obesity Prevention Center, i.e., focusing on obesity prevention and obesity-related behaviors across the lifespan from children to adults. Past pilot funding has been offered primarily as "seed monies" to assist investigators in the early or pilot phase of their studies. It is hoped that recipients use these monies to further develop their research so as to be successful in securing new extramural funding for obesity research.
For current OPC pilot funding information, please click on the “OPC Pilot Submission Information” option below, or to automatically receive announcements for future OPC calls for proposals, please join the OPC listserv by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org; leave the subject line blank; in the body of the message, type: subscribe obesityprevention, your first name, and your last name (Example: subscribe obesityprevention Jane Doe).
OPC Pilot Submission Information
Funded OPC Pilot Research: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Current Obesity Research at the University, outside of the OPC, also includes:
Division of Epidemiology & Community Health
Department of Food Science & Nutrition
University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute: Focusing on food safety, prevention of obesity and chronic disease, and food policy.
A variety of OPC members housed within the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health have participated in a variety of school-based obesity prevention research. For a brief overview, please read the June 2005 issue of Healthy Generations (see page 6).