The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) brings together leading research funders in a public-private collaboration to accelerate progress on reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity among U.S. youth. NCCOR's focus is on evaluating and identifying effective interventions (particularly policy and environmental interventions) at the individual, community, and population levels in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and weight control with a special emphasis on the lower-income and racial/ethnic populations at highest risk.
NCCOR was launched in February 2009 to align and coordinate member efforts for maximum efficiency and impact. In building on each other's strengths, NCCOR members are advancing the field through complementary and joint projects. In 2010 NCCOR was given an HHSInnnovatesAward as an example of how federal agencies are working with each other and with private funders to bring synergy and innovation to efforts in addressing childhood obesity.
NCCOR Core Member guidelines
NCCOR Core Members agree to conduct activities that are designed to:
- Advance NCCOR's mission and goals by accelerating progress in identifying and applying interventions with the potential to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States. NCCOR activities are designed to create an impact larger than the sum of their parts by capitalizing on the complementary strengths of NCCOR core members by maximizing their collective scientific leadership. This includes strengthening the foundation (methods, tools) and infrastructure for timely, rigorous, solution-oriented research and its translation into practice and policy (addressing the needs of researchers and key research end-users).
- Respond rapidly to evaluate emerging policy opportunities, fund new research, and use existing research to inform national policy debates.
- Fund significant efforts to increase and improve national, state, and local surveillance related to food consumption, physical activity, health, and behavior.
- Fund significant efforts to increase capacity and capability of researchers, program evaluators, and others engaged in the field to conduct research and evaluation. This includes identifying and overcoming major barriers/stumbling blocks to helpful research and its application.
- Fund communication and outreach to accelerate application of effective interventions to speed progress. This includes producing products that provide strong, visible evidence that fruitful collaborations are making a difference and a valuable source of guidance for the nation.
NCCOR Strategic Project Partner guidelines
While representatives of NCCOR's Core Members, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will remain primarily responsible for determining the strategic direction of NCCOR and implementing joint projects, NCCOR is eager to include other national partners in NCCOR efforts. The following general guidelines have been developed to guide the addition of NCCOR Strategic Project Partners. NCCOR Steering Committee representatives from NCCOR Core Member organizations must unanimously approve the formal addition of NCCOR Strategic Project Partners.
NCCOR Strategic Project Partners must meet the following criteria:
- Fund significant multi-year U.S.-based efforts to supplement or complement efforts that advance one or more of NCCOR's primary strategic objectives, described above.
- Have no financial or mission related conflicts, and specifically cannot be a recipient of NCCOR funds from competitive grants from individual partner agencies (this excludes inter-agency agreements for individual scientific staff and financing of NCCOR joint contracts).
- Commit to participating in appropriate NCCOR activities, meetings, and projects, including contributing financing support for NCCOR projects, as appropriate.
- Be endorsed unanimously by the NCCOR Steering Committee as official Strategic Project Partners.