Research-Practice

Outside Funding and Training Opportunities

Several other organizations offer funding opportunities for eating disorders research. Specific application requirements can be obtained by clicking on the title of each award below.

Research Grants and Training Opportunities

National Institutes of Health Translational Research in Eating Disorders
The National Institutes of Health is committed to supporting research that will transform basic research discoveries into treatments or methods for prevention. This funding opportunity announcement seeks to foster the development of translational research studies that will increase our scientific understanding of the etiology and pathogenesis of eating disorders.

NIMH would like to encourage research grant applications that will advance our understanding of the etiology, early identification, best treatment and medical sequelae of eating disorders. The previse etiology of eating disorders remains unknown, but ongoing research implicates genetic (heritability estimate 0.5-0.8), neurochemical, psychological and cultural factors. This program announcement is designed to encourage innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to address the dearth or research in this area.

Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
The Klarman Family Foundation is interested in providing strategic investment in translational research that will accelerate progress in developing effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. The program's short-term goal is to support the most outstanding science and expand the pool of scientists whose research explores the basic biology of eating disorders. The long-term goal is to improve the lives of patients sufferering from these conditions.

Examples of funding areas include but are not limited to molecular genetic analysis of relevant neural circuit assembly and function; epigenetic research; animal models created by genetically altering neural circuits; and testing of new chemical entities that might be used in animal models as exploratory treatments. Please note that imaging studies will NOT be accepted in the 2017 grant cycle. Investigators conducting research in the neuro-circuitry of fear conditioning or reward behavior may also apply but must justify the relevance of their research projects to the basic biology of eating disorders. Clinical psychotherapeutic studies, medication trials and research in the medical complications of these disorders are outside the scope of this program.

Two-year awards of $400,000 USD ($200,000 per year inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs) and one-year pilot studies of up to $150,000 USD (inclusive of 10 percent indirect costs) are made to investigators with a faculty appointment at a nonprofit academic, medical or research institution in the United States, Canada or Israel.

Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED)
Eating disorders and disordered weight control behaviors present a significant threat to the health of adolescents and adults, yet they remain largely overlooked by public health and preventive medicine professionals. To address this critical need, we launched STRIPED in July 2009, based at the Harvard School of Public Health and Children’s Hospital Boston, with the goal of building a transdisciplinary training initiative that will generate professionals with the depth and range of expertise and skills needed to take on the challenge of eating disorders prevention.

Our initiative is a public health incubator, designed to cultivate the creation of novel insights and strategies for prevention by introducing trainees to a rich array of disciplinary perspectives, methodologies, and theories and providing them with opportunities to join crosscutting collaborative teams.

Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program Summer Research Fellowship
The Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program (EDCRP) Summer Research Fellowship is designed to mentor young investigators in the field of eating disorders. Fellows accepted into the program will complete an 8-week independent research project at the EDCRP at Massachusetts General Hospital. In completing the project, our Fellows receive supervision and mentorship, participate in current research activities, and meet weekly with our staff.

Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who submit a proposal that describes an original research project. Applicants should design a research proposal so that the project can be completed within the 8-week fellowship period.

 

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