Addressing Childhood Obesity through Translational Research

The Harvard Catalyst Community Health Innovation and Research Program (CHIRP) sponsored this pilot grant opportunity in collaboration with the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program and the Child Health Initiative. The aim of the pilot grant was to engage policy, public health, clinical, and other investigators from across the Harvard community in innovative interdisciplinary translational research to improve the prevention of childhood obesity in the context of national and state health systems reforms.

This 2012 request for applications (RFA) sought proposals that addressed one or more of five substantive categories:

  • Strengthening the capacity of state systems to implement and evaluate policy
  • Reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Policies and interventions in families and early childhood settings
  • Innovative collaborations with industry
  • Socio-cultural aspects of the food and physical activity environment

This funding opportunity was open to investigators who held Harvard University appointments at the assistant professor, associate professor, or professor level; or had the approval of their department chair. At least one co-investigator was required on each application and proposals were required to be collaborative and interdisciplinary.

Two pilot grants were awarded in amounts of up to $50,000 for each one-year project. Funding decisions for the Addressing Childhood Obesity through Translational Research pilot grants were announced in October of 2012.



Robert Greenwald, JD | Facilitating Joint Use of School Facilities to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Steven Gortmaker, PhD | Development and Validation of Novel Tools Assessing Physical Activity, Dietary Intake and Weight In Free Living Conditions