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Limited Submission: Program to Advance the Career Development of Scientists from Diverse Backgrounds Conducting Nutrition, Obesity, Diabetes, and Related Research (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)

The purpose of this program is to enhance the diversity of the research workforce who are available to successfully compete for independent research funding from NIH in the areas of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions.


The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enhance the diversity of the research workforce who are available to successfully compete for independent research funding from NIH in the areas of nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions. This program will establish a consortium providing professional development, mentoring, networking, pilot and feasibility funds, and other opportunities designed to advance the career development of post-doctoral scholars and early career faculty from diverse backgrounds, including those from groupsnationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, who intend to pursue a research career focused on nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and/or related conditions. The program will be administered through research institutions with substantial existing NIH funding within the research mission of NIDDK.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

  • Application budgets are limited to $350,000 in Direct Costs in FY2022 and up to $575,000 in Direct Costs in FY2023-2026 exclusive of indirect costs on subcontracts. The maximum project period is 5 years.
  • NIDDK and ODP intend to commit $1,600,000 in FY2022 and $2,600,000 in FY2023-2026 to fund up to 3 awards that will comprise the consortium for the program described in the FOA.


  • Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
  • For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
  • The PD(s)/PI(s) should be an established investigator conducting research in nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related conditions with recent peer-reviewed research publications and successful competition for research support in one or more of these topic areas who is capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for identification and recruitment of candidates into the program and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.
  • The NIDDK encourages multiple PD(s)/PI(s), particularly when each brings a unique perspective and areas of expertise that will enhance the program. Additional PD(s)/PI(s), including individuals with experience in areas such as science education, program evaluation, mentoring, and career development for early-career scientists, may be included to achieve the goals of the program.

Selection Criteria

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:

  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae

Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact the following program officers:

Mary E. Evans, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-594-4578

Melissa Green Parker, Ph.D.
Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Telephone: 301-480-1161

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