Pilot & Feasibility Awards

The mission of PenNSAM is to facilitate research in diet and nutrition focused on the integration of clinical data, traditional dietary assessments, and nutritional biomarkers with the latest tools in molecular profiling and biostatistics.

In accordance with recent financial mitigation guidelines released by the Perelman School of Medicine, PenNSAM is issuing a request for pilot and feasibility applications where awardees will be offered free services rather than funding to conduct projects.  It is our hope that this will enable the research community at Penn and CHOP to learn more about how these new technologies can be applied to research in human nutrition.

Specifically, this P&F request is for studies on human diet and nutrition in one of two categories:

Category 1: Studies where both clinical phenotyping, diet and/or nutrition data, and biospecimens (plasma, urine, or stool) have been collected or will be completely collected by the end of 2020.

Category 2: Previously generated high dimensional analytic datasets (i.e. metabolomic, microbiome, proteomics, etc.) requiring additional analyses by the PenNSAM Nutrition Analytic Core (PNAC, see services in attached RFA).

For applications belonging to Category 1, PenNSAM will perform untargeted metabolomics free of charge for up to 250 biospecimens via proton NMR and mass spectrometry through a PenNSAM collaboration between Penn and Penn State University. Both lipidomic and general small molecule platforms are available. Once metabolomic datasets have been generated, the PenNSAM Nutrition Analytic Core (PNAC) will work together with the PI to perform analyses focused on integrating clinical metadata with the metabolomics dataset. There will be no charge for data analytics.

Similarly, for applications belonging to Category 2, there will be no charge for the analysis performed by the PNAC Core.

See the PDF here for the RFA, which contains more information about eligibility, submission requirements, and award terms.

To apply, submit a pdf via email to Wade Kirkpatrick (Wade.Kirkpatrick@pennmedicine.upenn.edu).
Complete proposals are due by 5:00 pm, September 15, 2020.

Contacts for questions:
Charlene Compher (compherc@nursing.upenn.edu)
or Gary Wu (gdwu@pennmedicine.upenn.edu)