Each year the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center funds research supports grants for investigators and post-doctoral researchers at our research institutions. The major objective of this program is to provide research support to test innovative hypotheses involving botanicals (bioactive extracts) and their effects on metabolic pathways leading to obesity, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes or their co-morbidities. In addition, studies related to prevention of other chronic diseases and conditions such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, neurological diseases and cancer are welcome, provided they can be related to the overall theme of the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center. It is hoped that a Pilot Project Award will generate enough preliminary data for the investigator to obtain research funding by conventional mechanisms (e.g., R21 or R01). We also hope this program will encourage junior investigators and more established investigators in other fields to approach problems that are relevant to our understanding of the metabolism and function of botanically derived bioactive compounds, and increase our understanding of the preclinical aspects of the botanicals in promoting resiliency to developing metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
Eligibility 1) Full time faculty; 2) Senior Post-doctoral fellows; and 3) Junior investigators at all institutions that are part of the Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Center (Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Rutgers University) or part of the LSU System (e.g., LSU A&M, LSU Ag Center, LSUHSC-NO, LSUHSC-S). Projects will be considered from outside institutions in Louisiana provided a memorandum of understanding can be put in place prior to the start of the project and only after NIH programmatic approval.
NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
2016-2017 Pilot Project Program
** LOIs due June 6, 2016 **