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Louisiana Center for Advancing Underrepresented Scientists’ Careers in Health, Nutrition, Obesity, and Disparities Research

LAUNCHED is a highly innovative training program with the long-term goal of increasing the success rate of underrepresented scientists competing for federal research funding in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and diabetes. Located in the Deep South, LAUNCHED is focusing on providing training to scientists in Louisiana and neighboring states.


It is increasingly recognized that a diverse workforce is important to academic productivity. However, there are several groups of scientists,  who are currently underrepresented in academia. This underrepresentation has a direct effect on scientific research in general, but especially within health disparities research, including studies related to nutrition, obesity, and/or diabetes.

The LAUNCHED Program includes:

  • Mentoring
  • Grant Writing
  • Professional Development
  • Career Coaching
  • Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes Didactics
  • Pilot & Feasibility Funding Opportunities


Participating Institutions

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LAUNCHED is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of NIH, the NIH Office of Disease Prevention, the NIH Office of Nutrition Research, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Grant #U24DK132740.

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