Nutrition Young Investigator Award

Funding Track Overview

The Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award funds research focused on improving nutrition and nutrition-related health issues in children, ages 0-21. Projects must focus on low-income populations and involve primary data collection including quantitative and/or qualitative methods.

This award is funded by a generous donation from The Karp Family in honor of Dr. Robert Karp. The program awards up to $14,000 per selected project. The 2018 cycle will be this program's third year. We anticipate providing 1 award.

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 life course
  • Community policies and programs that support optimal nutrition
  • Childhood obesity and its associated diseases

Nutrition YIA Qualifications

The principal investigator and primary mentor of any submitted LOI must be members of the APA or have submitted an application for membership. Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an URM, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

  1. Faculty members who are no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
  2. Fellows

  3. Exceptions:

    • Extended family leave
    • Job sharing
    • Military service and deployment
    • 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 provide their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor level or the equivalent.

    Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include:

    • An additional statement of 3 sentences or less describing their situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate document and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
    • The mentor's letter should also support this request for extended eligibility and attest to the applicant's commitment to research.

    Questions concerning eligibility may be sent to APA staff at

    How to Apply

    If you are interested in applying for APA Nutrition Young Investigator Award, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding track.

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