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Institute on Aging Pilot Research Grants: April 16
February 13, 2007, Volume 53, No. 22

The Institute on Aging (IOA) at the University of Pennsylvania will fund eight multidisciplinary pilot projects on biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral or health services research in basic science, clinical or psychosocial areas in aging.

Four will be funded by the School of Medicine and four are funded through a generous matching grant from The Bingham Trust. IOA Pilots may be led by a member of the University of Pennsylvania full-time faculty from any of its 12 schools.

Each pilot will be funded at a level of up to $50,000/year for personnel and supply costs, but not equipment or instruments. It is encouraged that the budgets equal $50,000 exactly. These one-year, non-renewable grants support multidisciplinary pilot projects in aging-related research. The purpose is to assist faculty in obtaining preliminary data to serve as the basis of a grant application to the NIH or other public or private agencies concerned with aging. For fiscal year 2008, it is anticipated that one pilot will focus on a collaborative project between the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine in animal models of aging.

A committee of IOA Internal Advisory Board members will review all proposals. Funding depends on scientific merit and the likelihood that the pilots will lead to independent funding to continue the research. Principal Investigators must be full-time faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and collaboration with other departments is strongly encouraged. Priority will be given to:

• Faculty in the early stages of their career who seek to enter the aging research arena
• Senior faculty who intend to shift their research emphasis towards aging 

 Application Process

Applications should utilize the basic NIH PHS 398 format, with one exception: a title page should be substituted for the NIH face page. Applications should be limited to 5 pages (exclusive of title page, budget, biosketches, letters of collaboration and literature cited). Animal and/or IRB protocols may be pending. Consult the IOA website at www.med.upenn.edu/aging/2008pilotresearchgrantannouncement.shtml  for suggested organization of your proposal. If you experience any problems in doing so or have questions, please call (215) 898-2445.

Deadline is April 16, 2007. Submit one hardcopy original to: Kathryn Jedrziewski, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania, 3615 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2676 and an electronic PDF file via e-mail to  jedrzmk@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Pilot awardees must provide an interim research progress report (Financial and Narrative) in spring 2008, as well as a full financial and narrative report at the end of the pilot year and present their pilot data to the IOA. 

Almanac - February 13, 2007, Volume 53, No. 22