• Rapid Response Pilot Studies RFA
    The Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO)

    The JHGCCO conducts research, training and outreach in systems science approaches to advance understanding of the causes of childhood obesity world-wide, and find effective interventions to combat epidemic childhood obesity and non-communicable diseases. Systems science approaches are needed to understand how influences on eating behavior, physical activity, and body weight across the spectrum from “cell to society” interact to cause or perpetuate increasing rates of childhood obesity. Johns Hopkins has created this new center with funding from a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center grant (see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-10-001.html) plus additional institutional resources. The JHGCCO is implementing four complementary research projects that address etiologic and intervention questions pertinent to its mission, as well as mechanisms to support relevant research, training, and pilot studies. The global focus will foster cross learning across diverse communities and settings. One of the Center’s key goals is to accelerate the identification of novel, systems-oriented environmental change and policy approaches to address the childhood obesity epidemic. This RFA, therefore, solicits applications for pilot studies through a Rapid Response funding mechanism that will only support opportune pilot and feasibility projects that might not be fundable via the regular NIH review cycles. This RFA provides funds for researchers to collect time-sensitive data for impending environmental or policy changes. Pilot projects should use a systems science framework, but need not use system science methods. The JHGCCO seeks to jumpstart systems-oriented childhood obesity research in a rapidly-changing physical or policy environment by supporting opportune pilot and feasibility projects with timelines that would not allow funding through the regular NIH review cycles. Support from this RFA will enable researchers to more successfully compete for additional funding at the NIH or elsewhere to collect follow-up data and complete the evaluation of policy and/or environmental changes. Studies funded through this program will contribute to assessment of the effects or potential effects of existing or impending policy, system, and/or environmental changes— (e.g., schools, homes, food and dining outlets, health care settings, community-based organizations)—on children’s diet, physical activity, energy balance and weight status.
    Expires: March 30, 2012

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