Pilot & Feasibility Program

Program Director: Dominic Reeds, MD

Associate Director: David Alpers, MD

Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8031
St. Louis, MO 63110
Email: dreeds@wustl.edu; dalpers@wustl.edu

View 2020 Call for Applications (pdf)

WU NORC Human Studies Form (pdf)

PHS Human Subjects Information Form (pdf)


The Pilot and Feasibility Program provides modest research support for a limited time (usually one to two years) to enable eligible investigators to explore the feasibility of a concept related to the mission of the NORC and generate sufficient data to pursue it through other funding mechanisms (e.g. R01).

The pilot and feasibility studies are intended to:

  • Provide support for new investigators seeking to test a new hypothesis or idea related to nutrition/obesity.
  • Allow exploration of possible innovative new directions for established investigators already working in the nutrition/obesity field.
  • Stimulate investigators from other areas to participate in nutrition/obesity research.

Pilot and feasibility study support is not intended for large projects by established investigators that would otherwise be submitted as separate research grant applications, nor is it intended to provide bridging support. Pilot and feasibility funds are also not intended to support or supplement ongoing funded research of an investigator.

Current Awards

Awardee Project Title
Sarah Farabi, PhD, RN Obstructive sleep apnea treatment and insulin sensitivity in pregnancy
Ali Javaheri, MD, PhD Apolipoprotein M attenuates heart failure induced by high-fate feeding (renewal)
Nandini Raghuraman, MD Obesity-related uterine dysfunction in pregnancy and the potential role of dyslipidemia
Rithwick Rajagopal, MD, PhD Effects of excess de novo lipogenesis in hight-fat diet-induced diabetic retinopathy
Michael Thompson, MD, PhD Role of transmission of microbiome on impact of maternal obesity on offspring (renewal)
Miriam Jacome-Sosa, PhD Interaction between common variants in the CD36 gene, meal handling and adipogenic potential

Please acknowledge the Washington University NORC, Nutrition Obesity Research Center,  in your publications by: “Supported by NIH grant P30 DK056341 (Nutrition Obesity Research Center).”