Grants for Obesity Programs

Obesity has long been recognized as a risk factor for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Scientist, doctors and health experts are one in saying that controlling weight is a key element in preventing such diseases from developing. It is therefore important that everyone concerned contribute something that will help stop obesity. The government being the primary agent of change in the country has seen it fit to award government grants for obesity programs that will help those who are struggling not only with body weight issues but also with the resulting health complications such as heart problems and diabetes.

Small Grants for Clinical Scientists to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research – This program is under the auspices of the US Department of Health and Human Services with the participation of various government agencies such as the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Its objectives consist of providing support for small research projects in diverse areas including but not limited to obesity, diabetes and nutrition. This is limited to clinical scientists with disabilities, coming from underrepresented racial or ethnic origins, and disadvantaged backgrounds. They must have doctoral degrees as health professionals and members of a group that’s underrepresented in the field of biomedical research. The research project should be small and can be completed in a short period using limited resources. Amount of grant money will differ according to each application; maximum amount is estimated to be $375,000 spread over three years. You can get more information such as eligibility requirements and other important matters from here:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 746
Bethesda, MD 20817
Telephone: (301) 594-7687
Fax: (301) 594-9523

Translational Research for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes and Obesity – The participating agencies in this program are encouraging institutions and organizations to submit proposals that will test the effectiveness of some interventions that have been developed to prevent and control both diabetes and obesity. The test to be done to those that can be adopted and sustained in the current health care environment. Research must be focused on obesity and diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, and the interventions must be those that can be potentially applied in the widest possible manner to high risk individuals and communities. Maximum direct cost funds can reach up to $2.5 million over a five-year period. You can obtain more information about this program from here:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Two Democracy Plaza, Room 726
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5456
Telephone: (301) 594-8868
Fax: (301) 480-3504


Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd, Room 8A01
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Telephone: (301) 435-6975

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