The NIA utilizes the F30 fellowship to support an integrated medical and graduate research training program that leads to the conferring of the combined PhD and MD degrees. NIA will support students who have identified a dissertation project and an appropriate dissertation mentor in an area of research supported by the Institute. NIA’s focus is on aging and the contribution of aging to disease etiology, prevention and treatment. Applications should include a letter from the director of the institution’s dual-degree program, clearly explaining the structure and timeline for completion of the dual-degree training program. This letter should be uploaded as an “Other Attachments” file (item 12) of the “Other Project Information Component” of the SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship application.
Continued support under the F30 fellowship is contingent upon documented and sustained effort in research for the duration of the award period. NIA expects fellows to continue an active role in research minimally through publication, presentation and participation in research seminars. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NIA Program Official before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to the Institute’s research priorities. Information on the priority areas for the Behavioral and Social Research, Biology of Aging, Neuroscience and Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Programs are found on the National Institute on Aging website.