Applications are being accepted for one-year pilot project awards of up to $50,000 for the project period 7/1/2024–6/30/2025. All pilot applications must include a focus on socio-cultural or bio-behavioral research.
The application link is: https://tinyurl.com/Stanfordhealthyaging
Who should apply to the L.E.A.R.N. consortium’s pilot award grant?
Ideal applicants are a diverse cohort of early career faculty members with appointments at any of the seven schools on the Stanford campus, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto University, and any academic or research non-profit institution in the United States and its outlying territories.
Applicants must have a terminal degree (e.g., MD, PhD, MD/PhD) and wish to incorporate some aspect of behavioral and social science into their proposed project on longevity and healthy aging
Why should I apply? How does this pilot award help me?
- To apply, you need to submit a one-page NIH-style Specific Aims via the link above. If invited to submit, the final proposal Research Strategy is only 3 pages.
- The proposals of the three selected finalists will be sent to NIA for approval. Once approved, the NIH will issue the pilot award in your name as the PI.
- You have an opportunity to join the brilliant group of past awardees (https://aging.stanford.edu/sage-scientists/). Most of our past awardees have secured other prestigious intramural and extramural grant support.
- Awardees will be invited by the National Institute on Aging to exclusive conferences and training opportunities.
- Awardees receive research and career mentoring during the funding period.
- The L.E.A.R.N. Program Director will work with the awardees to identify mentors who can help with the implementation of the pilot project and in career advancement.
- Awardees will have the opportunity to interact with faculty across the L.E.A.R.N. Consortium to enhance their skills and knowledge related to aging and disparities research using emerging methodologies.
- Awardees will receive mentoring and be able to participate in research training on issues about minorities and disparities research, aging research, grant writing, and participate in monthly world-in-progress sessions and opportunities provided by the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Each award is up to $50,000 total cost. The funding period is for 1 year (7/1/2024–6/30/2025). We encourage applicants to budget funds for travel to the annual Gerontological Society of America annual meeting.
Focus of Pilot Projects
All projects must:
- Include a focus on longevity, equity, and healthy aging research.
- Use innovative methodologies, such as machine learning approaches, precision medicine, virtual reality, digital interventions, and wearables in the field of longevity, equity, and healthy aging research.
- Include at least one Specific Aim that focuses on socio-cultural and bio-behavioral research. The L.E.A.R.N. leadership will help you with constructing this component (please contact us to discuss before submitting a Phase 1 application).
NOTE: Animal studies or aging biology studies are outside the scope of this pilot award program
Timeline and Key Deadlines
|January 12, 2024 (5 pm PT)
January 19, 2024
|Applications must be submitted using our online form in Qualtrics: https://tinyurl.com/Stanfordhealthyaging
– Curriculum vitae
– 1-page NIH style Specific Aims page
Candidates will be notified if they have been selected to prepare and submit a full (3-page) proposal.
– Revised 1-page NIH-style Specific Aims page
– 3-page Research Strategy (Significance, Methods, Alternative Strategies, Future Directions)
– References (no page limit)
– Budget and justification
|February 2, 2024
March 1, 2024
|Full proposals must be emailed to Dr. Jessica Moon, LEARN Executive Director (email@example.com) by 5 pm PT.
Candidates will be notified if they have been selected as finalists.
July 1, 2024
|Finalists will be mentored to prepare a proposal package for submission to NIH for approval.
– Human subjects research attachments
– Any revisions to previously submitted documents
Upon approval by NIA, funds are released to pilot awardees. Awardees MUST have project approval by their institutional IRB before funds can be released. Awardees at institutions other than Stanford University MUST have all subcontract documentation completed before funds can be released.