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Multidisciplinary Pilot Grants from the Institute on Aging, ADCC, and Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders: February 5
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November 24, 2009, Volume 56, No. 13


The University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging (IOA), with the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) will fund ten one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants in the 2010-2011 academic year to support biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral or health services research, as well as basic science, clinical or psychosocial research.

Two of the pilots, funded by the Penn ADCC, will focus on Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.

At least one pilot, supported by funds from the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, as well as funds from the Penn School of Medicine and a generous matching grant from The Bingham Trusts, should be related to musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair with a focus on aging.

The remaining seven pilots, supported by funding from the Penn School of Medicine and The Bingham Trust, will focus on aging and aging related diseases.

Applicants may consider using data from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center. More information can be found at their website: https://www.alz.washington.edu/.

The Principal Investigator for each of these 10 pilots must be a member of the Penn full-time faculty from any of the 12 schools. Collaboration with other departments or schools is strongly encouraged.

Each pilot will be funded at a level of up to $50,000/year for personnel and supply costs, but not equipment or instruments. (Note that due to matching requirements, it is encouraged that budgets equal $50,000 exactly.) The purpose of these one-year, non-renewable grants 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, musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair, or Alzheimer’s Disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.

Applications will be considered for all pilot grant award programs—for which they are eligible—described in this announcement.

Application Process: Detailed instructions regarding the application process can be found on the IOA’s website, www.med.upenn.edu/aging/.  For information, contact Kathryn Jedrziewski, IOA deputy director, at (215) 898-2445 or via e-mail at jedrzmk@mail.med.upenn.edu. Deadline: February 5, 2010. Anticipated date of award: July 1, 2010.

Almanac - November 24, 2009, Volume 56, No. 13