Program Specifics

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The LAUNCHED Program is a comprehensive program designed to provide mentorship, training, and career development opportunities. Underrepresented scientists in nutrition, obesity, diabetes, and related research are encouraged to apply. The goal of LAUNCHED is to increase the success rate of scientists being awarded research funding and to help them develop independent research careers.

Program Overview

LAUNCHED is a two-year program that will provide cohort scholars mentorship, training, grant writing opportunities, didactic instruction, and a pilot and feasibility grant program. Cohort scholars will follow an individual development plan designed to help them achieve the following activities and more:

What to Expect from the LAUNCHED Cohort Scholar Program
  • Create an individual development plan
  • Publish journal articles
  • Submit pilot and feasibility grant application
  • Participate in grant writing webinar series
  • Participate in regular mentoring and peer coaching meetings
  • Receive professinal career coaching sessions
  • Present research
  • Submit research to mock study section
  • Attend research methods seminar series
  • Attend and present at an annual meeting
  • Encouraged to participate in NIDDK's Network for Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI), if applicable, and attend the annual meeting.



We have selected an outstanding group of skilled mentors with extensive experience conducting diabetes, nutrition, obesity, and health-disparities research. Each LAUNCHED cohort scholar will establish a mentoring team consisting of a primary mentor and two secondary mentors.

Meet Our Mentors

Pilot and Feasibility

The Pilot and Feasibility program specifically focuses on providing funding related to diabetes, obesity, and nutrition research. The LAUNCHED program will award up to $50,000 in Pilot and Feasibility funding to our cohort scholars and scientists.

Apply to the LAUNCHED Pilot & Feasibility Program


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