Research and Funding

Inside NIA Archives: April, 2014

Posted on April 16, 2014 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

The NIA recently hired someone new, Melinda Kelley, to help us work with Congress, outside groups, and others who would like to interact with NIA leadership. The person who previously filled this... Read More
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Posted on April 9, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Why do some grant applications receive a percentile rank and others not? Which NIA applications get a percentile rank? Applications for an NIA grant that are reviewed at the NIH Center for... Read More
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Posted on April 2, 2014 by Luigi Ferrucci, Director, NIA Intramural Research Program.

The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, or BLSA, is one of the world’s longest running studies of aging. Started in 1958, the BLSA enrolls healthy volunteers ages 20 years and older and... Read More
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Posted on March 26, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

With apologies to Dickens and to Chaplin… It is the best of times. When the dust cleared on our budget this year, the NIA was blessed with a 12.5%, $130 million increase over fiscal year... Read More
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Posted on March 19, 2014 by Davide Guerrieri, Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow, Neuroplasticity and Behavioral Unit, Laboratory of Neurosciences, Intramural Research Program.

Doing science, living abroad, and learning how to speak and think in a new language. Not so easy! But like many of you, I enjoy challenges. So, I took up all of these, all at once. I left Italy 3... Read More
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Posted on March 12, 2014 by Carl V. Hill, Director, Office of Special Populations.

The application deadline is fast approaching for NIA’s prestigious summer training opportunity: the Butler-Williams Scholars Program. I hope that you’ve already applied, or have... Read More
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Posted on March 5, 2014 by Kate Nagy, Senior Public Health Analyst, Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation.

While we are beginning to understand the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities through medical research, one area that needs attention is research on the health of older... Read More
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Posted on February 26, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

The Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging is holding one of its thrice yearly meetings today. Did you know you can watch online? The next meeting is on May 21, 2014, from about 8am to... Read More
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Posted on February 19, 2014 by John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

You’ve now figured out which NIA program officer handles your kind of science. But how to get in touch? I hope you’re not agonizing over whether now is the right moment or whether your... Read More
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Posted on February 12, 2014 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Last month, the NIA got good news about our budget for fiscal year 2014: $130 million more than last year. We are grateful for this increase. It means that this year there will be more funding than... Read More
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Posted on February 5, 2014 by Carl V. Hill, Director, Office of Special Populations.

Just last month, NIA-funded researchers reported on a relationship between racial discrimination and telomere length among a community sample of African American men.  Telomere length, of course... Read More
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Posted on January 29, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

With paylines being what they are at NIA and NIH, we tend to hear that discriminating among applications in the narrow range of scores represented by the top 20 percent of applications reviewed by... Read More
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Posted on January 22, 2014 by David Schlessinger, NIH Distinguished Investigator and Chief, Laboratory of Genetics, Intramural Research Program.

I am grateful that the NIA blog team has offered me an opportunity to reflect briefly on 50+ years of work in molecular biology and genetics research.  Here are a few personal reflections—... Read More
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Posted on January 15, 2014 by Nancy Nadon, Program Officer of the Biological Resources Program and Chief, Biological Resources Branch, Division of Aging Biology.

The NIA has invested heavily in resources to support the study of aging biology. In part, this is because the resources needed to conduct such research simply don’t exist elsewhere. Recently,... Read More
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Posted on January 8, 2014 by John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

NIH program officers—what do they really do? How can you get the best from your program officer? Our main job is to make sure the NIA is funding the best research projects, career development,... Read More
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Posted on December 18, 2013 by Basil Eldadah, Acting Chief of the Geriatrics Branch, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology.

There’s a lot of attention to new innovations in biomedical research, and we are proud to be a part of it. While the headlines may tout the latest in whole genome sequencing or the promise of... Read More
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We have been here before. The continuing resolution provides some research funds—not a lot though. Like a ticking clock it winds down on January 15. And our backdrop is a familiar debate on... Read More
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Posted on December 4, 2013 by Jennifer Illuzzi, Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology, Intramural Research Program.

I’m a postdoc at the NIA labs in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve been here for three wonderful years, and I wanted to share some of my experience with you. If you have a graduate student who... Read More
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Posted on November 20, 2013 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

Junior investigators always face challenges. Those from diverse backgrounds face even more challenges. If you’re mentoring someone, or if you yourself are one of these junior investigators, you... Read More
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Posted on November 13, 2013 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Optimism and pessimism compete with each other as we contemplate the future for research and research funding. The prospects for important breakthroughs in NIA’s primary areas of medical... Read More
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Posted on November 6, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Our National Advisory Council on Aging meets three times a year to consider grant applications and programs and make recommendations, as do the Advisory Councils for the other NIH Institutes. If you... Read More
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Posted on October 30, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We just wrapped up the fiscal year. The quick summary? We scraped through. For research project grants like R01s, we held our payline (or funding line) to the same level as the prior two years. This... Read More
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

The NIA, like the rest of the NIH, is working to get back to normal after the 16-day government shutdown. This has been an extremely difficult time, for you and also for us. The grant application and... Read More
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Posted on September 25, 2013 by Vicky Cahan, Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

Congratulations! You have just heard that your major manuscript has been accepted for publication. Countless hours of creative and hard work by you and your team went into this… oh, and... Read More
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Posted on September 18, 2013 by Rebecca Ferrell, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

Work jargon is not riveting conversation. Government acronyms? Even worse. But knowing the language does come in handy when you are trying to navigate an organization and its culture. Familiarity... Read More
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Posted on September 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

For the past few years, the NIA has been trying to increase the number of R21 grant applications and awards. The R21, of course, is an NIH-wide grant program “intended to encourage exploratory... Read More
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Posted on September 4, 2013 by Ron Kohanski, Deputy Director, Division of Aging Biology.

Will you join us in Bethesda, Maryland this coming October 30 and 31 to talk about aging research in a new way? The Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG), with the support of the Alliance for... Read More
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Posted on August 28, 2013 by Laurie Ryan, Program Director, Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trials, Division of Neuroscience.

Did you know that there’s a new way to search for funded research projects in Alzheimer’s disease? You can find out who is doing work in your area of interest in the US and other... Read More
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Posted on August 21, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

As many people know, the federal budget situation in recent years has led to late starts in our annual award process. When we do not know how much money we will have for the year, we don’t make... Read More
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Posted on August 14, 2013 by Sue Zieman, Medical Officer, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology.

Are you an early career gastroenterologist, neurologist, or orthopedist, or some other type of medical or surgical specialist? Do you spend time caring for older patients? If so, you’ve... Read More
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Posted on August 7, 2013 by Nancy Nadon, Program Officer of the Biological Resources Program and Chief, Biological Resources Branch, Division of Aging Biology.

Have you come across a compound or treatment in your own research that you think might promote healthy aging? Now is the time to propose it be tested! An NIA program is accepting proposals for... Read More
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Posted on July 31, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

While preparing for a recent talk, I took a close look at our data on the scoring of grant applications. Every applicant wants great scores, and we want to help you understand how you’ll be... Read More
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Posted on July 24, 2013 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

Why a summer program? Since 1986, the NIA has hosted a training institute every summer. Applying is a competitive process, and not everyone can attend. But once they get here, the informal, yet... Read More
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Posted on July 17, 2013 by Rebecca Ferrell, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

Scientific Review Officers like me often hear from reviewers about things that applicants have or haven’t done in their grant applications, and how those applications fare in peer review. Many... Read More
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Posted on July 10, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Maybe you are a graduate student, a postdoc, or a new junior faculty member. You have carefully crafted a fellowship application or a career development application. Now, you sit on pins and needles... Read More
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Posted on June 26, 2013 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

The NIA views support for research career development and pre and postdoctoral fellowship training as a priority. The availability of funds to support career development (K) and fellowship training (... Read More
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Posted on June 19, 2013 by Colin Baker, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

Recently an NIA-funded study on the economic costs of caring for people with dementia was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study drew a lot of attention, and I want to tell you a... Read More
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Posted on June 12, 2013 by Suzana Petanceska, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... --Charles Dickens These words sum up the state of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research, specifically therapy development, over the last few... Read More
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Posted on June 5, 2013 by Rebecca Ferrell, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

You’ve traveled overnight between back-to-back meetings, rushed from the airport to a hotel in Bethesda, and dragged your bags and yourself to a stale ballroom just in time to review tons of... Read More
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Posted on May 29, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Our fiscal year 2013 budget was finalized March 26, but we were unable to post our funding policy until May 8. This year, as in every other year, my team worked hard to get a funding policy published... Read More
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Posted on May 22, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Buried within our NIA 2013 funding policy is the apparently shocking statement that our payline for NIA-reviewed research grant applications is 13. When the top score is 10 and the lowest possible... Read More
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Posted on May 15, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

I’m excited to announce something new for researchers. Inside NIA, our new blog, begins with this post. If you are a grantee, applicant, trainee, or anyone else in the scientific and advocacy... Read More
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