Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NIDDK Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) solicits grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to establish core centers that are part of an integrated program of nutrition and/or obesity-research. The purpose of the Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) program is to bring together, on a cooperative basis, basic science and clinical investigators to enhance the effectiveness of their research related to nutrition and/or obesity.

A Core Center must be an identifiable unit within a university or medical. An existing program of excellence in biomedical basic and clinical research in the areas of nutritional sciences and/or obesity, and related disorders, is required. The NORCs are based on the core concept. Four to six cores are usually included in a Center. Cores are defined as shared resources that enhance productivity or in other ways benefit a group of investigators working in nutritional sciences and/or obesity and related disorders research to accomplish the stated goals of the Center. Examples of such resources include biostatistics, imaging, biotechnology, and instrumentation facilities. It is appropriate and may be beneficial to have one or more central themes around which core center research investigations are focused.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the central theme, goals and objectives of the center; 2) a preliminary list of research projects that might benefit from the center; 3) an overview of the pilot/feasibility, enrichment, and clinical components; and 4) a brief description of the anticipated cores.


Up to $3,750,000. Direct costs are limited to $750,000 per year for the five-year period.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, March 19, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

Optional letters of intent due May 25, 2010
Full proposals due by June 22, 2010


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