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Funding Opportunities

Research on the Economics of Diet, Activity, and Energy Balance
Application Receipt Dates: Jan. 10, May 10, and Sept. 10, 2005;
Jan. 10, May 10, and Sept. 10, 2006;
Jan. 10, May 10, and Sept. 10, 2007

The major focus of the Program Announcement (PA) is to solicit projects that enhance the state of the science on the causes of obesity and to inform federal decision making on effective public health interventions for reducing the rate of obesity in the United States. Research strategies that nest economic analysis within a broader interdisciplinary context of other social and behavioral sciences as well as the epidemiological, biostatistical, medical, and biological disciplines relevant to public health policy are especially encouraged. This PA is intended to make funding opportunities in the area of energy balance (i.e., the relationship between diet, physical activity, and obesity) known to researchers with expertise and experience in health economics and health services research who might otherwise not be aware of the opportunity to apply these disciplines to this area.

This PA will use the NIH exploratory/development (R21) award mechanism and the NIH investigator-initiated research project grants (R01) award mechanism(s).

For more information see:

Inquiries: Dr. Martin L. Brown -

Site-Specific Approaches to Prevention or Management of Pediatric Obesity
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Dec. 23, 2004
Application Receipt Date: Jan. 24, 2005

The purpose of this RFA is to encourage the development and empirical testing of intervention approaches to prevent or manage overweight in children and adolescents: capitalizing on the strengths of various sites in which such interventions can be delivered. It is anticipated that responsive applications will generally be in the form of clinical trials. This RFA targets interventions that focus on behavioral or environmental modifications either individually or in combination. Applications that examine approaches across two or more sites are encouraged. Research applications that include the home/family as a site are especially encouraged. The goal is to test strategies that will foster energy balance to prevent inappropriate weight gain in children who are not overweight, to achieve age-appropriate body weight in those at risk of becoming overweight, or to reduce the degree of overweight in those who are already overweight.

This funding opportunity will use the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) and Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) award mechanism(s).

For more information see:

Inquiries: Dr. Amy Lazarus Yaroch -

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: Jan. 18, 2005
Application Receipt Date: Feb. 15, 2005

The NIH, NSF, and USDA invite applications for the establishment of "International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups" to address the interdependent issues of biodiversity conservation, economic capacity, and human health through discovery and development of therapeutic agents for diseases of importance in developing countries, as well as those important to developed countries. An innovative and integrated approach to access genetic resources and benefit-sharing with host country stakeholders and participants is an important component of the overall program. Applicants are encouraged to consider marine coral reef organisms and new sources of previously unexplored or underexplored microorganisms, including those arising from symbiosis, extreme environments such as thermovents, and deep sea microbes. Applications that propose to work primarily with plants for pharmaceutical drug discovery are encouraged to propose research and training related to phytomedicine analysis.

This RFA will use the NIH U01 award mechanism (Cooperative Agreement).

For more information see

Inquiries: Dr. Joshua Rosenthal -