Funds for eating disorder research available through endowment

Applications are now open to Penn State College of Medicine investigators for funding from the Brad Hollinger Eating Disorder Research Endowment, which promotes research into the etiology, assessment and treatment of eating disorders across the lifespan.

The long-term goal of this endowment is to promote novel discoveries that lead to meaningful treatment advancements for these potentially severely disabling and chronic disorders within the central Pennsylvania region and beyond. Applicants for this award may request up to $10,000 total costs for a project period of up to 12 months.

Submission information will be provided when applications are being accepted.

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RFP Details: Brad Hollinger Eating Disorder Research Endowment

Program Guidelines and Eligibility Expand answer

The principal investigator of an eating disorder research project must have a primary academic appointment in the College of Medicine as an instructor, assistant professor, associate professor or professor.

In addition to basic science faculty, virtually all physicians employed by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have a primary academic appointment at the College of Medicine, and are therefore eligible to apply.

Only applications directly relevant to the field of eating disorders will be considered. The scope of this RFP includes basic science, clinical and translational research. Unfunded revised applications are welcome. Previous awardees may submit substantially different projects.

Applications may request up to $10,000; however, awarded amounts for individual applications may be less.

Funds may be requested for costs of supplies, software, equipment and support for staff and students, as well as costs related to the use of human subjects. Applications requesting funds solely for training or travel will not be considered. Funds may be used to supplement existing projects but applications must identify how receipt of additional funding will advance the scope of the current project.

Faculty effort will not be covered through this mechanism, but applications must demonstrate investigator effort will be sufficient to complete the project within the 12-month project period.

Investigators may submit only one application as the PI of an eating disorders application. However, the number of projects where an investigator may serve as a co-investigator or collaborator is not limited.

Proposal Format Expand answer

Applications should be limited to three text pages (not including budget, references and biosketch).

  • Cover page: Complete the cover page found in Box (Penn State Access ID login required).
  • Table of Contents: Include page numbers starting with the cover page, numbering each page consecutively.
  • The application must address:
    • Relevant background (preliminary data not required)
    • Significance, innovation, as well as how it may impact the local community
    • Approach, detailing the target population, assessment measures/specifics of the intervention/analytic techniques used to achieve study aims
    • Proposed timeline for completion of measurable objectives
  • Applicants are also encouraged to identify how receipt of funding will facilitate further research work in eating disorders.
  • Human subjects and/or vertebrate animals: Describe involvement as appropriate on cover page.
  • Literature cited.
  • Budget: Budget only for funds expected to be used within 12 months of receipt of the award. Use the budget form found in Box (Penn State Access ID login required).
  • Budget justification: Include a detailed budget justification on a separate page.
  • NIH biosketch: Include the 2015-style NIH biosketch for the PI/Co-PI.
Review and Award Process Expand answer

Funds will be allocated based on the assessed merit of the application. Applications will be reviewed competitively with individual proposals scored on significance to impact the field of eating disorders, innovation, methodology and the capacity of the investigative team to complete the work in the proposed timeframe.

Awardees must agree to submit a brief six-month progress report and a 12-month final report detailing study accomplishments and expenditure of funds.

Previous Awardees Expand answer

Previous recipients of funding from the Brad Hollinger Eating Disorders Research Endowment are listed here.

For Details

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