Research and Funding

Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers

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 research—aging and Alzheimer’s disease—have never been brighter. We receive thousands of applications each year, many deemed exceptionally worthy after peer review. On the other hand, we at the NIA and across the NIH are constrained by a budget that, in real terms, is shrinking dramatically. 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. If you’re like most people, you have never bothered to look at the meeting materials available online. But Council materials contain critical information about research priorities and future directions for NIA. If you never look at them, you are missing out on information that might be useful for your next grant application. 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 is what we promised in the funding policy back in May, and I’m really happy to report that we kept that commitment. 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 review process has been greatly affected by the shutdown. You may have been unable to access NIH staff, help desks, or electronic systems. Scheduled review meetings were cancelled, and review of your application may have been delayed. We all faced a tremendous amount of uncertainty. 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 funding from the NIA! What should you do next? Tell us, of course! My communications team wants to partner with you to raise awareness of your study findings. 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 with NIH concepts and lingo can be useful when you need to discuss your A1 R01 application with your PO or SRO… the NIH has a language all its own. So, here are some key NIH terms, as well as some links to lists of NIH acronyms and definitions. You may know them all, or you may think you know them all. Some have changed recently. Some are routinely used incorrectly. 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 and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages…” You might wonder why we are so eager to support these awards. Well, it has to do with countering conservatism in the peer review of new science. 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 Aging Research and the Gerontological Society of America, has organized a major meeting on aging as a risk factor for most chronic diseases. We hope you’ll be able to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration closes soon. Please register today to reserve your place! 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 countries, and who is paying for that work. It’s a great way to identify funders, find collaborators, and search for gaps that may need to be addressed. How? By using… IADRP—The International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio. 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 many awards. And as you’d imagine, when we are without a budget, it is hard to develop a payline for the year. One unintended consequence of these delayed starts is that we have made a very large share of our awards towards the end of the federal fiscal year. So our awards are stacked up in September—how do we untangle that traffic jam? Read More

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