Nutrition Young Investigator Award

Funding Path Overview

The Nutrition in Underserved Communities Young Investigator Award funds research focused on improving nutrition and nutrition-related health issues in children, ages 0-21. Projects must focus on low-income populations and involve primary data collection, including quantitative and/or qualitative methods.

This award is funded by a generous donation from the Karp Family in honor of Dr. Robert Karp. The program awards up to $14,000 per selected proposal.


The principal investigator and primary mentor of each submitted proposal must be members of the Academic Pediatric Association.

Receipt of applications is encouraged from individuals who are members of an underrepresented minority (URM), disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background.

Proposals are welcome from those who are:

  • Faculty members no more than 5 years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc)
  • Fellows


  • Extended family leave
  • Job sharing
  • Military service and deployment
  • Graduates of APA-sponsored programs that include a focus on research may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA program, provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor-level, or the equivalent. Examples of eligible APA-sponsored programs are Educational and Research Scholars Programs.

Applicants requesting extended eligibility should include the following items with their proposal submission:

  • An additional statement of 3 sentences or less describing their situation and rationale for this request. This statement should be provided on a separate document and does NOT count toward the application page limit.
  • The mentor's letter of support should attest to the applicant's commitment to research and support the request for extended eligibility.

Previous Young Investigator Awardees are not eligible to apply.


This is a one-time award for 1 year. Multi-year funding requests will not be considered.

Proposals should address an important gap in the evidence related to childhood nutrition and/or nutrition-related health issues.

Funding will support original studies involving primary data collection in low-income populations. Secondary data analysis is not permitted. Potential topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Growth and nutrition across the life course
  • Community policies and programs that support optimal nutrition
  • Childhood obesity and its associated diseases
  • Methods to enhance prevention of childhood obesity in low-income children
  • Understanding nutrition-related knowledge and beliefs in low-income families
  • Evaluating the impact of neighborhood factors on dietary intake in low-income families

How to Apply

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