University of Southern California


RFA-DK-19-002: Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        September 23, 2019       

External Deadline:                          October 23, 2019

Award Information:                        Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: $5,600,000 for up to 5 awards.

Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited to $750,000 direct costs but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed Center. This budget limit is exclusive of F&A costs for consortium and subcontract arrangements. It is anticipated that the award budget will be directly correlated to the breadth, quality, and relevance to nutrition/obesity and related areas of the research base being served by the Center. Within the direct cost cap, up to $150,000 may be requested for the Pilot and Feasibility program. (Total project may not exceed 5 years).

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                         

Who May Serve as PI:                   

The NORC Director, who is the Program Director/Principal Investigator on the P30 application and Director of the Administrative Core, must be a scientist who can provide effective administrative and scientific leadership and who has demonstrated proficiency in managing a large, multi-component project. The Director will be responsible for the organization and operation of the NORC and for communication with the NIDDK on scientific and operational matters. NORC Directors are required, and their administrators are strongly encouraged, to attend NORC Director’s meetings to be held at a location to be determined by the NIDDK. One or more Associate Directors should be named who will be involved in the administrative, scientific, or training efforts of the NORC and who will serve as Acting NORC Director in the absence of the Director. A process must be in place that would be used to recommend a successor to the Director, if needed. An administrative assistant may also be proposed.

If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.


    • Nutrigenomics
    • Metabolomics
    • Dietary and/or physical activity assessment
    • Basic behavioral science
    • Molecular biology
    • Nutritional biochemistry
    • Adipocyte biology
    • Imaging
    • Translational research (bench to bedside; bedside to community/practice)
    • Clinical research
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biostatistics

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