Request for Inter-NIA Center Pilot Proposals on Aging, Race and Health Disparities

  • Funding Type:
    Grant Funding
  • Opportunity From:

    The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) i

Opportunity Description:


The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) is seeking to fund at least two pilot or developmental projects of up to $50,000 each that involve multiple NIA-sponsored research centers to foster new research as it relates to Aging, Race and Health Disparities. Applications are due October 17, 2022.


This award program is sponsored by the NIA’s Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN). The RCCN’s goal is to bring together researchers from the 6 NIA Centers programs to foster the development of cross-center collaborations around issues important to the health and wellbeing of older adults.

The RCCN sponsors a series of workshops addressing specific problems of high salience to multiple NIA Center programs. These workshops feature the sharing of paradigms, conceptual models, and key insights from perspectives of the participating centers programs.

Workshop participants identify research priorities which then serve as the focus of workshop-based RFAs. The seventh workshop, Aging, Race and Health Disparities, was held June 28-29, 2022. The workshop agenda, recordings, and slides can be found here.

Priority areas/questions identified at the workshop included:

  • Biologic mechanisms by which early life racial disadvantage affects health and function later in life.
  • Understanding, characterizing, and/or addressing racial disparities in health and wellbeing in aging.
  • Interventions to reduce the burdens of health disparities targeting not only individuals, but providers, health systems, and communities.
  • How social determinants of health influence health, access to health, and/or well-being in aging.
  • How social determinants of health affect biological aging.
  • Physiologic impacts of chronic stress across the life course.
  • Strategies for introducing measures / questions relevant to disparities research into work not specifically designed to study disparities.

Proposals that address topics outside of these priority areas will also be considered for this RFA.

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