Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity & Metabolism

Pilot & Feasibility

Note: The VIOM P&F program for 2013-14 has been suspended due to budget constrictions.  

Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity & Metabolism Pilot & Feasibility Guidelines for 2012-13

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES: An individual must be a member of the Vanderbilt or Meharry faculty (Instructor or above) and must fit within NIH Guidelines for eligibility.

Pilot and Feasibility support is intended for new investigators, for investigators from other fields willing to bring their research expertise to obesity-relevant research, for investigators currently in the obesity area whose proposed research would constitute a totally new direction, and for clinical and basic researchers who propose a joint research project. VIOM P&F grants are intended to provide support for studies that allow an investigator to develop preliminary data sufficient to prepare an application for independent research support through conventional granting mechanisms. 
Examples of eligible projects include:
1. A study proposed by a new investigator with an interest in a career in research in obesity before he/she has yet developed to the point of being able to obtain individual grant support.
2. A study proposed by an established investigator who has experience in other areas and who wants to test ideas related to obesity.
3. A study by an established investigator in obesity who wants to pursue a question in a totally different area from his/her current research field.
4. A study proposed between clinical and basic investigators (new or established) to test a question of translational relevance to obesity.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: The application should be electronically submitted on the NIH form PHS 398, which can be obtained from the website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html. Please note: The pages we require are: face page, abstract, key personnel, detailed budget, budget entire period, budget justification, biosketches, resources, research description (FIVE PAGE LIMIT) and literature cited pages.
The application must be assembled into a single PDF document that contains all grant materials including budget information (maximum: $50,000/year) and letters of collaboration.
All interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 pm on August 17, 2012 to joan.a.randall@vanderbilt.edu . The letter should be less than 1 page and should briefly detail the background, aims and details of the proposed application.
The deadline for submission of a completed application is 5:00 pm on September 28, 2012.
The completed application should be sent electronically in PDF format to: joan.a.randall@vanderbilt.edu
QUESTIONS: Persons with scientific questions about VIOM Pilot and Feasibility grants should contact Alyssa Hasty (Alyssa.hasty@vanderbilt.edu) or Kevin Niswender (Kevin.niswender@vanderbilt.edu). For questions about the grant submission process, please contact Joan Randall at joan.a.randall@vanderbilt.edu; phone: 615 936-2909.
Note that it is NOT necessary for the application to go through the Office of Sponsored Research prior to submission.
REVIEW CRITERIA: Proposed Pilot & Feasibility studies should present a testable hypothesis and clearly delineate the question being asked, detail procedures to be followed, and discuss how the data will be analyzed and lead to future studies.
Grants receive both internal and external review. Emphasis is placed on how the research might lead to new research ideas or research funding. For junior investigators, additional considerations include how this award will impact career and potential of the applicant to compete for independent research funding in the future. 
Funded investigators will be asked to prepare a yearly progress report and participate in the Obesity Seminar Series.

Diabetes and Research Training Center Pilot and Feasibility Grants


Mouse Metablic Phenotyping Core Pilot & Feasibility Grants for the development of new techniques for the metabolic characterization of mice.