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 AGS serves as a central coordinating body for applicants applying to the NIA’s GEMSSTAR Award. AGS staff also serve as the first point of contact for Jahnigen applicants and can answer any questions you may have about the application process. In addition, staff can help you find geriatrics mentors to assist you in writing your proposal, and we will identify a specialty mentor with geriatrics expertise to provide a pre-application review for your proposal.

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. 

Jahnigen Awards are currently available in the following specialties:

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Planning to submit an application for a GEMSSTAR grant under the RFA.
  • Be a physician who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a mentorship team that, at a minimum, is comprised of a research mentor, a geriatrics mentor, and a subspecialty mentor (the research and specialty mentor may be the same person).
  • Have a letter from the department chair and the division/section chief stating that the applicant will have a substantial amount of protected time that covers career development.
  • Agree to participate in the JCDA activities at future American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meetings and in the U13 Conference Series, Physician Scientists in Aging: Developing and Activating Specialty Investigators.
  • Agree to provide AGS a 12- and 24-month progress report on the proposed career development plan in addition to meeting the NIA reporting requirements.

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

  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Thoracic Surgery

Our JCDA Funding Partners

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R)
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 Foundation (SAEMF)

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 R03 mechanism that will provide up to $200,000 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 website.

RFA-AG-20-018: Apply for a GEMSSTAR Award

GEMSSTAR website