Grants for clinical and translational research projects. Pilot Funding

Primary and Secondary Prevention of Eating Disorders

At a glance
Funding level
  • Up to $50,000 per award (direct costs only)
Principal Investigator Eligibility
  • All Harvard University-appointed junior and senior faculty members are encouraged to apply.
  • See RFA for details.
Letter of Intent Due
  • 5:00pm on June 11, 2018
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The Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program increases the prominence and impact of health disparities research at Harvard. The program promotes health equity by facilitating new collaborative research, education, and training opportunities in the biomedical, clinical, health policy, and social sciences to address racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, and other disparities in health and healthcare. With this announcement, Harvard Catalyst invites applications for pilot grants to support novel research partnerships with the potential to: (1) generate new evidence or methodologies that foster deeper understanding of eating disorders and health disparities, or (2) evaluate promising interventions to address these disparities.

This pilot grant opportunity seeks to engage a broad range of investigators (clinical, public health, public policy, law, education, and others) throughout Harvard and its affiliated academic healthcare centers. The grant will provide seed money for cutting-edge, collaborative, interdisciplinary translational research to enhance understanding of eating disorders disparities and primary and secondary prevention efforts that may address these disparities. Through this mechanism, we seek to support teams of investigators that ultimately will be self-sustaining, thus laying the groundwork for an even broader and more robust community of eating disorders and health disparities investigators than exist at present.

Four areas of particular interest reflect the content of the Eating Disorders and Disparities Symposium (April 30, 2018), including: (1) Effectiveness and Dissemination Studies of Primary and Secondary Preventive Interventions; (2) Studies Focused on Macro-environmental Factors; (3) Translational Research; and (4) Economic and Decision Sciences Research. While proposals that address an area of particular interest are encouraged, this pilot is an opportunity to conduct research in all areas of primary and secondary prevention of eating disorders and, more broadly, disordered eating and disordered weight, as well as shape control behaviors and symptoms.

Key Dates:
This is a two-part pilot grant application. The first phase includes submission of a one-page letter of intent (LOI) that will be reviewed by a Harvard Catalyst review panel. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a required Community Engagement Studio meeting and to submit a full application, which will include a longer proposal and standard administrative grant application documents.

Opportunity Announced: February 1, 2018
Symposium Date: April 30, 2018
Letter of Intent Due: June 11, 2018, 5pm EDT
Selection Decisions Announced: June 29, 2018
Required Community Engagement Studio: July 17 - July 18, 2018 (between 12pm and 5pm)
Full Application Due: September 14, 2018
Funding Decisions Announced: by November 15, 2018
Anticipated Funding Start Date: January 2, 2019