Nutrition Young Investigator Awards



Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award Supported by the Karp Family in Honor of Dr. Robert Karp


The Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award Program funds research focused on improving nutrition and nutrition-related health issues in children, ages 0-21. Projects must focus on low-income populations. Projects must involve primary data collection and can include quantitative and/or qualitative methods. The Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award Program is funded by a generous donation from the Karp family in honor of Dr. Robert Karp.

Through the process described below, the program awards up to $14,000 per selected project. This is the 2nd cycle of funds available for this program. We anticipate providing 1 award.

This funding will support original studies involving primary data collection in low-income populations. Potential topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Growth and nutrition across the lifecourse
  • Community policies and programs that support optimal nutrition
  • Childhood obesity and its associated diseases

The specifics of this program are as follows:


  • The principal investigator of any proposal submitted must be a member of the APA or have submitted an application for membership. Please note the application process may take up to two business days. Time must be allowed for this prior to the submission deadline. Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  • Young Investigators are defined as: 1) faculty members who are no more than five years out from completion of all training or 2) fellows. Applicants also may be considered eligible for a period of time beyond five years due to circumstances such as extended family leave, job sharing, or military service/deployment. Additionally, graduates of APA sponsored programs that include a focus on research (e.g., Educational Scholars Program, Research Scholars Program) may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA program provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor level or the equivalent. Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include an additional statement, 3 sentences or less, describing the situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate piece of paper and does NOT count toward the page limit. The mentor's letter also should support the request for extended eligibility and the applicant's commitment to research. Applicants who are uncertain about their eligibility may contact APA, info@academicpeds.org.


  • Proposals should address an important gap in the evidence related to childhood nutrition and/or nutrition-related health issues. The awards will be one-time; multiple-year funding requests will not be considered. Preference will be given to those proposals that have the potential of leading to projects of a larger or longer-term nature as well as to proposals that go beyond merely describing nutritional issues or nutrition-related health issues. To that end, proposals that link with nutrition-related health outcomes or lead to actionable next steps will be more favorably considered. Secondary data analysis projects are not permitted for this award mechanism. Possible projects might include, but are not limited to: methods to enhance prevention of childhood obesity in low-income children, understanding nutrition-related knowledge and beliefs in low-income families, evaluating the impact of neighborhood factors on dietary intake in low-income families.


  • Initial proposals must be received by October 3, 2016, by 5 pm ET. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. All required components must be submitted online at the following address: https://www.academicpeds.org/members/RIYIAentry/?awd=yia

    These initial proposals must include the following items:
    • Cover sheet -indicating project title; PI name and contact information; funding path; name and email for primary mentor, Division Director, and Department Chair; and Participation Statement (See Cover Page Form)
    • Description of the proposal - not more than two single-spaced pages including the budget and budget justification and must use a font size no smaller than Arial 11 with 1” margins. This section must provide a brief overview of the project including the aims, background, methods, evaluation, and significance of the study and how the findings address a gap in the literature. The cover sheet and references are not included in the two-page limit. References may be single spaced and are limited to 1 page. Please adhere strictly to these requirements- failure to do so will result in return of the application without further review.
    • Budget and budget justification - This should not include overhead (indirect costs), salary for the PI or mentors, or equipment for long-term use (e.g., computers). A maximum of $1,500 is allowable for travel to the 2017 PAS meeting.
    • Biographical sketches - The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form. For this purpose, the biosketch is not to exceed two pages. The biosketch also needs to be resubmitted with the full proposal and does not count towards the page limit. The form can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketch.doc Instructions for filling out the form can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketchsample.pdf
    • Letter of support from the primary mentor - including a plan for communication with the mentee and the institutional support for the proposed research (e.g., in kind resources, infrastructure to support Young Investigator and proposed research project, expenses not covered by YI award). A typed signature is acceptable if an electronic signature is not available. This letter of support also needs to be resubmitted with the full proposal and does not count towards the page limit.

  • A review panel, convened by the Chair of the APA Research Committee, will review the submitted proposals, and select PIs who will be invited to submit full proposals. PIs will be notified by November 8, 2016 regarding or not they have been invited to submit a full proposal. The deadline for full proposal submission is December 7, 2016, by 5 pm ET

  • Full proposals will include the same components as the initial proposal as described above:
    • Cover sheet - indicating project title; PI name and contact information; funding path; name and email for primary mentor, Division Director, and Department Chair; and Participation Statement (See Cover Page Form)
    • Proposal - including specific aims, background, preliminary studies (if applicable), detailed methods, evaluation, timeline (the project must be completed within 1 year), description of key personnel, significance of the study and how the findings can address a gap in literature, tables, and appendices must not exceed 8 double-spaced pages, using a font size no smaller than Arial 11 and 1” margins. The 1-page cover sheet 1-page of references and budget (single space) are not included in the 8 pages. Please adhere strictly to these requirements- failure to do so will result in return of the application without further review
    • Goals for faculty development - these also should be articulated in the proposal and relate to preventive services research.
    • Budget and Justification - for full proposals, does not count towards the page limit. Please use detailed budget guidance and budget template provided (See Budget Guidance and Template). Note, budgets are evaluated based on 1) whether they are within the funding limits, and 2) whether the resources are appropriate for the work proposed. Projects with budgets that are justified appropriately within the limit (e.g., a secondary analysis), may be given additional consideration. Projects with budgets that exceed the specified limit will not be reviewed.
    • Biographical sketch - The biosketch should use the standard NIH biosketch form. For this purpose, the biosketch is not to exceed two pages. The biosketch does not count towards the page limit
    • Letter of support from the primary mentor, including the plan for communication with the mentee and the institutional support for the proposed research. A typed signature is acceptable if an electronic signature is not available. The letter of support does not count towards the page limit.
  • A second study section convened by the APA Research Committee Chair will review and score the full proposals and prepare 1 - 2 page summary review that will be sent to applicants. Funding decisions will be based on the results of the study section review. Full-proposal applicants will be notified of funding decisions in late January 2017. The number of proposals approved and funded will be determined by the funds available for the given year. The awardees will be announced at the annual 2017 PAS meeting..

  • Review criteria for full proposals include: relevance of the proposed project, likelihood of project success and contribution to the field of nutrition as it relates to low-income children, support from the home institution as well as commitment of the research mentor, and overall quality of the submission.

  • Awards will be made with the condition that work begins by March 2017 and is completed within one year. Awardees are encouraged to submit abstracts to a PAS meeting and to submit results to the APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, for possible publication. Awardees are also encouraged to attend and participate in the APA Nutrition SIG annual meeting at PAS.
  • Awardees will be paired with a National Facilitator, an accomplished, nationally recognized senior investigator from an institution other than the PI's. The facilitator will be available to provide advice and input on the project; complement the PI's mentor by offering additional mentoring on an as needed basis; supply networking opportunities for awardees in their field; provide career advice to awardees regarding future academic pursuits; and be in regular communication with the awardee, via phone calls, e-mails, and in-person meetings at the annual PAS meeting

**Please Note – Incomplete submissions and proposals that exceed page limits will not be forwarded to the review team.


 

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