The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules (NPOD) seeks to identify a new cohort of project leaders. The NPOD is funded by a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant (award number P20GM104320) from the NIH, and builds research infrastructure in obesity research and nutrient signaling at UNL and UNMC.


The NPOD supports up to five project leaders at any given time. Project leader funding is the highest level of support provided by NPOD, and project leaders will be paired with mentors to guide them to success, defined as securing independent federal funding.




  • Applicants must be in a tenure leading appointment at UNL or UNMC
  • The proposed research must have a focus on obesity or obesity-related metabolic diseases, and signaling by nutrients or dietary signals
  • Project leaders will devote six months of their time to their NPOD project
  • Project leaders must not have a history of securing major federal funding as PI


Deadline and overall Time line:


  • Letters of intent must be received by NPOD no later than August 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m. CDST (see Instructions, below)
  • Select applicants will be invited in August to submit a full proposal
  • Full proposals (NIH R01 style) will be due no later than January 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. CST
  • NPOD reviewers will review applications throughout January using NIH review criteria and make recommendations for funding to the center’s external advisory board (EAB)
  • NPOD’s EAB will review and approve/disapprove proposals for funding in February/March of 2017
  • NIH will review and approve/disapprove proposals for funding in April/May of 2017
  • Funding will start June 1, 2017




  • Letters of intent must be received by NPOD no later than August 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m. CDST
  • Letters must provide the following information:

ü  Cover letter with contact information (no more than one page)

ü  Brief outline of the proposed (one page, Arial 11, 0.5” margins): at a minimum state the central hypothesis, specific aims, a short description of methods, and plans for future funding. Note that NPOD will provide funding of up to $150,000 per year for up to three years (no F&A, no equipment); the proposed research must be appropriate for the level of funding. Preliminary data are not required, but may be included.

ü  NIH-style biosketch (no more than five pages)

  • Submit letters of intent to Dr. Janos Zempleni and/or Ms. Sarah Gibson (see below for contact information)


Next steps:


  • NPOD will contact select applicants with additional information


Additional information:


  • NPOD project leaders will become members of the center (see for benefits)
  • Project leaders are expected to participate in monthly NPOD meeting, spring retreats, fall research symposia, and provide written progress reports in preparation for annual renewals with NIH (typically in February/March), and oral reports to the EAB (typically in September)


Contact information: