The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) released its second round Request for Applications (RFA) on July 1, awarding research grants for “rapid response” studies.
JHGCCO seeks to jumpstart systems-oriented childhood obesity research in a rapidly-changing physical or policy environment by supporting rapid response projects — opportune pilot and feasibility projects with timelines that would not allow funding through the regular NIH review cycles.
Support from this RFA will enable researchers to more successfully compete for additional funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or elsewhere to collect follow-up data and complete the evaluation of policy and/or environmental changes. Studies funded through this program will contribute to understanding the effects or potential effects of existing or impending policy, system, and/or environmental changes — (e.g., schools, homes, food and dining outlets, health care settings, community-based organizations) —on children’s diet, physical activity, energy balance, and weight status.
Those interested must submit a study concept summary by July 22, 2012. Invited full proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.