Pilot & Feasibility Program

Program Director: David Alpers, MD

Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8031
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-362-8943
Emaildalpers@wustl.edu

View Call for Applications (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
Rita Brookheart, PhD Site-1 protease and the obese ovary
Vincenza Cifarelli, PhD (Year 2) The metabolic role of lymphatic lipid transport
Jeffrey Millman, PhD and Mohamed Zayad, MD, PhD Development of a novel arteriovenous graft for pancreatic stem cell transplantation
Joel Schilling, MD, PhD Macrophage metabolism regulates insulin resistance and steatohepatitis

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