Additional Centers & Resources

The Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at Harvard is supported in large part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s largest medical research agency dedicated to supporting scientific research that turns discovery into public health. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), within NIH, is committed to supporting those research programs that enhance the public’s understanding of some of the most prevalent diseases impacting public health.

NIDDK funds twelve university-based Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) that are specifically designed to support research that explores the development, treatment, and prevention of obesity and closely examines the relationship between health and nutrition. The overall goal of the NORC program is to bring together basic science and clinical investigators to enhance and extend the effectiveness of nutritional sciences and obesity research.

For more information about other NORCs please go to the NORC Central site.

Funding Opportunities

Outstanding Manuscript Award Nomination

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard is delighted to announce an Outstanding Manuscript Award to be given to a First Author performing investigation in nutrition, obesity, and/or metabolism.  This award is intended for an Assistant Professor, Instructor, or Post-Doctoral Fellow who has made a significant scientific contribution as first author of a manuscript.  The award will be announced at our Annual Symposium on June 30, 2020, and will be accompanied by a $1000 Travel Award to a conference of the awardee’s choosing.

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Eligible manuscripts include those reporting science broadly related to nutrition, metabolism, and obesity published (electronically or in print) between January 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020.  Nominated first-author applicants should be affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard School of Public Health, or an HMS Affiliate institution.  We welcome nominations from across the research spectrum (T1-T4).  Only original research articles should be nominated (i.e., no review articles or perspectives).


Nominations must be received by 5PM on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and decisions will be communicated by Friday, May 15, 2020. We hope that awardees will be able to attend the Annual Symposium held at Harvard Medical School on June 30, 2020, to receive the award.

INFORMATION:  The ideal nomination will come from a NORCH member who is the First Author’s research mentor, laboratory PI, or division or department chief/chair.  The nominee should be an Assistant, Instructor, or Post-Doctoral Fellows.  We will consider up to two co-first authors to share the award.  Nominations are brief and require only

  • Manuscript citation or PMID
  • Biosketch or CV for the first author nominee(s)
  • Brief optional mentor statement.

Preference will be given to high-impact manuscripts with novel and/or highly significant findings related to nutrition, obesity, or metabolism.  Please provide nominations by clicking here.

Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition

Harvard Medical School developed the Division of Nutrition in 1996 in order to establish nutrition as a discipline. The purpose of this Division was to coordinate nutrition activities between the medical school and the Harvard teaching hospitals, including research, teaching, postgraduate education and patient care.

MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism

The MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism was formed under the Direction of Dr. Steven Grinspoon, a recognized expert in the nutritional regulation of pituitary function and the metabolic consequences of obesity and fat redistribution.

Publications Supported by NORC-H

For a list of publications that have been supported by NORC-H, please click here.