TJ's Fund for Eating Disorder Research

TJ's Fund for Eating Disorder Research

Application Deadline: Closed

The AED Board of Directors is pleased to announce the grant competition for TJ’s Fund for Eating Disorders Research. TJ's Fund is named in honor of Thomas Lee Warschefsky, II. TJ battled anorexia nervosa for eight years. TJ was an honor student at Okemos High School in East Lansing, MI, USA and graduated cum laude from Albion College in Albion, MI, USA. He was a high school scholar athlete and a cross country and tennis walk-on at Albion College. He was also in the U.S. Air Force Medical Professionals program and a first-year dental student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. In addition to these accomplishments, TJ had a great sense of humor, was extremely kind and sensitive, and much loved by everyone. Despite his many strengths, TJ succumbed to anorexia nervosa and passed away on Valentine’s Day in 2007 at the age of 22.

Throughout TJ’s battle with anorexia nervosa, his family discovered that little was known about its causes or effective treatments. TJ’s family developed TJ's Fund to to support biological research in anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. TJ’s Fund is dedicated to understanding the biological bases and treatment of eating disorders and improving the lives of its sufferers.

TJ’s family would like to thank the many individuals who have made TJ’s Fund possible through donations and volunteer activities, including family members, friends and community members. The family is forever grateful for their generosity.

2014 Grant Competition

In 2014, TJ’s Fund will award one grant of US $10,000 to support biological research in anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Grants should focus on either biological treatments of the illnesses or biological mechanisms underlying the development and/or maintenance of the disorders. Importantly, all submissions must explicitly address how the proposed research will ultimately contribute to improved treatments for the disorders. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered for funding.

Eligibility and Application Materials

Eligibility: 

1. The project Principal Investigator must hold a post-graduate degree in a medical, mental health, or related field. Students and other trainees (e.g., postdoctoral fellows, medical residents) are not eligible for the grant. Principal Investigators may be at any stage of their career, including new investigators, mid-career investigators, and senior investigators.

2. Applications are welcomed from investigators from around the globe and are not limited to any one geographic region. However, eligibility is limited to investigators who are employed at not-for-profit institutions.

Application Materials: 

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1. The AED Common Application form

2. A current Curriculum Vita 

3. A 250-word maximum Project Abstract that describes the background literature, project aims, methods, and likely significance of the study findings.

4. A three-page, single-spaced Research Plan that includes the following information in the specified order. Please note that pilot data are not required or expected for this small grant program. However, if such data are available, they should be included in Section 3, Project Feasibility.

  • Specific Aims
  • Background Literature
  • Project Feasibility, including institutional factors that attest to the feasibility and likely successful completion of the study
  • Methods
  • Project Timeline for the one-year project duration
  • Significance, including how the proposed work will contribute to and inform improved treatments for eating disorders.

5. A detailed Project Budget that includes the following categories of expenses:

  • Personnel. Note that grant funds cannot be used to support the salary or travel of project investigators. However, salary for key project staff (e.g., interviewers, technicians) is allowed.
  • Equipment
  • Participant Costs (e.g., participant compensation)
  • Materials and Supplies

Please submit all application materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All applications are due no later than October 11, 2013.


Review Process: 

1. All application materials should be sent electronically to the AED Headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2. Applications are due no later than October 11, 2013.

3. Applications will be reviewed by the AED Scientific Committee. Post-Award Procedures: Grantees will be encouraged (but not required) to attend the AED International Conference on Eating Disorders to receive their award. Grantees will be required to submit yearly progress reports during the funding period and for two years after project funding has ended. If you would like to contribute to TJ’s Fund and future research grant initiatives, please visit the AED Donation of this website to donate.

Post-Award Procedures:

Grantees will be encouraged, but not required, to attend the AED International Conference on Eating Disorders to receive their award. Grantees will be required to submit yearly progress reports during the funding period and for two years after project funding has ended.

If you would like to contribute to the TJ's Fund and future reserach grant initiatives, please vising the AED Donation page of this website to donate.