Research Acknowledgement

It is extremely important that our grant is cited in all publications resulting from the use of NORC services. Our productivity and effectiveness as a Center is measured in part by the citation of the grant in published work. Please use the following acknowledgement in your publications:

This work utilized Core Services supported by grant DK089503 of NIH to the University of Michigan.

Pilot + Feasibility: Small Grants Program

Small P/F grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to investigators who are interested in running samples in the MNORC cores. Translational studies generally are experiments done in humans, human derived samples or studies which will establish the immediate feasibility of studies to be done in humans.

Out of the $5,000, one-third ($1,667) will come from MNORC, one-third ($1,667) will come from MICHR, and the remainder from the awardee. Grants of less than $5,000 will also be divided into one-third from MNORC, one-third from MICHR, and one-third from the awardee.

The proposed work needs to have a clinical component or a clear plan to use such samples, as 1/3 of the funding comes from MICHR. Please provide a clear justification and plan how this preclinical sample work can lead to translational component.

Research fellows/postdocs must submit the application with a faculty member who is eligible to hold his/her own funding.

Preference will be given to junior investigators, senior investigators who are investigating a novel area in their nutrition or obesity research program, and investigators who are new to the nutrition/obesity field.

There is no deadline. Awards will be determined on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted. We anticipate funding approximately 15 grants/year.

Click here to download the application.

All documents and any questions should be directed to Grace Wu at

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