Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases : NIDDK

Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases

The Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases Program emphasizes support of patient-oriented clinical research focusing on nutrition, obesity, and digestive diseases.  Small clinical studies (pilot), single-site clinical trials, planning grants, or Phase III clinical trials may be appropriate to this program.  The small clinical studies should focus on research that is innovative and/or potentially of high impact.  They should lead to full scale clinical trials.  Phase III clinical trials usually are multi-center and involve several hundred human subjects that are randomized to two or more treatments, one of which is a placebo.  The aim of the trial is to provide evidence for support of, or a change in, health policy or standard of care.  Nutritional interventions to improve health and to treat diseased conditions are emphasized, including studies using either enteral or parenteral feeding.  The program will also include clinical trials on interventions/treatments to achieve and maintain weight loss over the long term.

Clinical trials may be funded by one of several mechanisms: a research project grant, a cooperative agreement, a planning grant, or a contract.  Please see the current program announcement for small grants for clinical trials.

For more information contact; Dr. Mary Evans, Director, Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity, and Digestive Diseases.

National Commission on Digestive Diseases

The Director of the NIH, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, has established a National Commission on Digestive Diseases based on the mutual interest in advancing digestive diseases research shared by the NIH and the Congress.

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