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 his/or chosen mentor(s) 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 Scholars Programs that include a focus on research may be granted an additional 3 years beyond completion of the APA Scholars Programs, provided their academic rank is at an Instructor or Assistant Professor-level, or the equivalent. APA Scholars Programs include: Educational, Research, New Century, and Quality Safety and Improvement 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 primary mentor's letter should also support this request for extended eligibility and attest to the applicant's commitment to research.

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

Preference will be given to those proposals that have the potential of leading to projects of a larger or longer term nature as well as to proposals that go beyond merely describing nutritional issues or nutrition-related health issues. To that end, proposals that link with nutrition-related health outcomes or lead to actionable next steps will be more favorably considered.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for the Nutrition Young Investigator Award, please click here for further instructions, and ensure you submit all materials specific to your selected funding path.

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