Wednesday, February 16, 2011

USDA Grant Opportunity Supports Effective Interventions to Prevent Obesity

A newly released grant opportunity from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support effective interventions to prevent childhood obesity through applied research, education and extension projects. The grant falls under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which seeks to award grants that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture, including farm efficiency and renewable energy. In FY 2011, there will be $33.5 million in available funds to support the Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area within AFRI, with approximately $8.5 million available for new awards. In 2011, pre-adolescent and early adolescent children (ages 9-14 years) will be targeted. Eligible applicants include: 1) colleges and universities; 2) 1994 Land-Grant institutions; and 3) 30 Hispanic-serving agricultural colleges and universities.

Applicants must generate knowledge of the behavioral (not metabolic) factors that influence childhood obesity and use this information to develop and implement effective family and/or school-based interventions for preventing overweight and obesity. Grants will not exceed $500,000 per year ($2.5 million total, including indirect costs) for project periods of up to 5 years. The program anticipates making up to 17 awards in FY 2011. For more information please visit

Application Deadline: May 18, 2011(5:00pm ET)

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