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2015 Funding Opportunities

Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit
The UCSF Division of Geriatrics announced the fifth annual Geriatrics Scholarship Award Summit for ACGME interns and residents in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. The award is intended to stimulate interest in a career in academic geriatrics by recognizing residents’ achievements in research on aging. Each award carries with it a cash prize of $250 and a stipend to cover travel and lodging in San Francisco to present work at a special award summit. The deadline to apply is Fri., Apr. 3. Questions regarding the award may be directed to Eric Widera, MD (

PCORnet Phase II CDRN / PPRN Funding Opportunities
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is offering up to $150.7 million to fund as many as 13 clinical data research networks (CDRNs) and 22 patient-powered research networks (PPRNs) for Phase II of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet). This announcement seeks to provide infrastructure funding to CDRNs and PPRNs to expand on the infrastructure built during Phase I of PCORnet, and is addressed to both current and new applicants. Overall, applications should align to the overarching goal of PCORnet Phase II: the more efficient conduct of multinetwork observational and interventional research studies using the PCORnet infrastructure resources. To learn more about CDRN opportunities, click here. To learn more about PPRN opportunities, click here.

NIH Opportunity for Testing Interventions to Improve Blood Pressure Control
This funding opportunity solicits applications to fund up to two patient-centered comparative effectiveness clinical trials using a UH2/UH3 cooperative agreement mechanism. This initiative is supported by the Hypertension Disparities Reduction Program Partnership (HDRPP), a research partnership between the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The research initiative aims to reduce disparities in hypertension, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease that disproportionately affects certain populations. The purpose of the opportunity is to compare alternative, evidence-based approaches to reduce inadequate control of hypertension among high risk populations, including racial/ethnic minority groups, patients with low socioeconomic status, and individuals residing in rural geographical areas with an above average lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease.

Local Adaptations of the Transitional Care Model
With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and guided by a national advisory committee, a multidisciplinary team based at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to identify and learn from clinicians or clinical leaders who are primarily responsible for transitional care services in health systems and communities throughout the United States. Their overall goal is to better understand how care delivery innovations are adapted for use in clinical practice. Dr. Mary Naylor, Principal Investigator, and lead architect of the Transitional Care Model (TCM), and Dr. Mark Pauly, health care economist on all TCM evaluations are the project leaders. The study team will pursue their aims over a 24-month period and in two phases: National Scan and Survey, and In-depth Interviews and Analyses. Information gained from these efforts will be disseminated through a multi-pronged strategy. Click here to access the survey and learn more about this study. Please contact Dr. Naylor with any questions regarding the study:

Air Force Health Study (Ranch Hand) Research Assets
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is making data and biospecimens from the Air Force Health Study (AFHS) available for further studies on health and aging. Standardized, comprehensive health questionnaire, physical examination, and biospecimens data were collected at six time points in the 20-year period of the study. At the conclusion of the original study, Congress designated IOM as custodian of the AFHS assets and asked the IOM to make them available to qualified investigators for further research. The Department of Veterans Affairs was directed to provide support for pilot studies using the materials. Proposals for innovative uses of the materials for research to further the goals of understanding the determinants of health and aging and promoting wellness are encouraged. All proposals are subject to review of their scientific merit by an IOM committee, and approval by the National Academies’ Institutional Review Board. The program accepts proposals as part of a rolling submission process; funding is available to support the most meritorious pilot studies and small-scale research projects. 

Applications for Jahnigen Career Development Award
The Jahnigen Career Development Award is one of several career development awards that offer matching funding to supplement the National Institute on Aging's(NIA’s) GEMSSTAR awards. The Jahnighen award will be offered only to those individuals approved for funding by the NIA via the GEMSSTAR Program. The AGS' Jahnigen Career Development Award (JCDA) will provide award recipients with as much as  $50,000 in direct career development funding over two years to supplement their GEMSSTAR funding, with $25,000 of that coming from Participating Specialty Societies and $25,000 coming from the American Geriatrics Society through a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Applications for T. Franklin Williams Scholars Award
The T. Franklin Williams Scholars Award is one of several career development awards that offer matching funding to supplement the National Institute on Aging's GEMSSTAR awards.  The Williams award will be offered only to those individuals approved for funding by the NIA via the GEMSSTAR Program and selected by the T. Franklin Williams Scholars Award committee. The AGS Health in Aging Foundation's T. Franklin Williams Award will provide the award recipient with up to $50,000 over two years in direct career development funding to supplement the GEMSSTAR funding -- with $25,000 coming from the Association of Specialty Professors and $25,000 from the AGS Health in Aging Foundation.

Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation Funding Opportunity 
The Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation (MMAAP) is accepting applications for three geriatrics fellowships.  The mission of the MMAAP Foundation is to improve world health by developing mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and China, as well as greater Asia. Working with some of the premier health organizations in the world, the MMAAP Foundation will bring together and fund exchanges among the best research, medical talent, and institutions in the regions. This strategy is a high priority for its founders, Howard P. Milstein and the Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation.

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging
The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) is currently accepting grant requests for its application deadline on February 2, 2015.

RRF is devoted to improving quality of life for older Americans. Through its responsive grants program, RRF supports:

  • direct service;
  • advocacy;
  • education and training programs for professionals working with elders; and
  • research to seek causes and solutions to significant problems of older adults.

Proposals for projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.  Advocacy, training, and research projects of national relevance are considered from organizations located anywhere in the U.S.

The Retirement Research Foundation, based in Chicago, is one of the nation’s first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Throughout its history, RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.

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