AFAR: Research Grants for Junior Faculty

American Federation for Aging Research


Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Next deadline: Dec 17, 2018 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 31, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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Overview:

The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes.

Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging.

Examples of potentially fundable areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging and immune function
  • Stem cell aging
  • Inflammation
  • Genetic control of longevity
  • Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging
  • Mechanisms of dementia
  • Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models
  • Cardiovascular aging
  • Aging and cellular stress response
  • Metabolic and endocrine changes

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2017.
  • Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at grants@afar.org  at least one week prior to the deadline date.

Ineligibility:

  • Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.
  • The AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty Program does not provide support for:
    • Postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of a senior investigator
    • Investigators who have received major extramural funding for research in any area (such as an NIH R01 or NSF Research or equivalent grant) prior to and including the start date of this award
    • Senior faculty, i.e. at the rank of Associate Professor level or higher
    • Former AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipients
    • Federal employees
    • Applicants for the 2017 Glenn/AFAR Breakthrough in Gerontology (BIG) award
    • Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States