Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty

American Federation for Aging Research

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Anticipated deadline: Dec 16, 2020 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Aging/Gerontology Developmental Biology (non-medical)

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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About this funder:



The Program

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. GMRF and AFAR support research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging rather than disease-specific research. Projects investigating age-related diseases are supported 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
  • 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.


  • 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, the year following application.
  • Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested for unusual circumstances by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at [email protected]  at least one week prior to the deadline date.


  • 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 (applicants may hold K or R21 funding)
    • 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 2019 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) award
    • Applicants who are conducting research at a for-profit institution, or at an institution outside of the United States
    • Alzheimer's Disease and/or related dementias research


This page was last reviewed July 30, 2020 and last updated July 30, 2020