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The Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Awards Program A Supplemental Grant Program for Recipients of the National Institute on Aging Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR)

Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Awards are offered by a number of specialty societies and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) serves as a central coordinating body for Societies and applicants.  AGS staff can help you to identify geriatrics mentors to assist you in writing your proposal and will identify a specialty mentor with geriatrics expertise to provide a pre-application review of your proposal.  Society staff also serve as the first point of contact for Jahnigen applicants and can answer any questions you may have about the application process.

About the Jahnigen Award

The program offers funding for a Professional Development Plan (PDP) to complement the R03 research project funded under the National Institute on Aging’s GEMSSTAR award mechanism.  This is a competitive awards program and funding is only provided to those applicants who successfully compete for a GEMSSTAR award. The application due date for both the JCDA and the NIA GEMSSTAR R03 is October 6, 2016 by 5pm of applicant organization

Jahnigen Awards are currently available in the following specialties:

Emergency Medicine
General Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Vascular Surgery

Don’t see your specialty? Contact  Marianna Drootin about your application if you are in one of the following specialties:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Thoracic Surgery

Our JCDA Funding Partners

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American College of Surgeons (ACS)
American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)
American Urogynecologic Society Foundation (AUGS)
American Urological Association (AUA)
Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF)
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)
Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)

About the GEMSSTAR Award
The National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) awards support early career physicians trained in medical and surgical subspecialties through an RO3 mechanism that will provide up to $150,000 in direct costs over two years for research on the geriatrics aspects of their specialty. The award is an early career award with the goal of helping researchers establish a research track record in the field of geriatrics research.

GEMSSTAR Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include a Professional Development Plan (PDP) as a component of their application that provides protected time and mentoring for young investigators to develop the leadership and research skills that they will need in their careers.  The PDP can include formal classroom education, exposure to geriatrics-related activities, or other means of career development outlined in the GEMSSTAR RFA and FAQ.

Apply for a GEMSTSTAR Award


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