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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)

The Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Award (JCDA) is administered by the Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative (GSI) of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). The program offers funding for a Professional Development Plan to complement the R03 research project funded under the National Institute on Aging’s GEMSSTAR award mechanism. The application due date for both the JCDA and the NIA GEMSSTAR R03 is October 28, 2014. To learn more about the GEMSSTAR Award, please review the RFA. JCDA awards are available in the following specialties:

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

Please contact Marianna Drootin at the AGS 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)

The JCDA is a competitive awards program and is offered only to those individuals who are awarded a  GEMSSTAR and also selected by the JCDA selection committee.  Reviewers for the Jahnigen Career Development Awards include representatives from all specialties and geriatricians. The review process is overseen by a multi-disciplinary Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Committee.

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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