Inviting RCMAR applications to continue NIA’s investment in diversifying the research workforce in the behavioral and social sciences
NIA has long appreciated the value of diverse experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds in aging research. Since 1997, a key investment in this effort has been through our Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program. The RCMARs help advance NIA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) by enhancing the diversity of the aging research workforce and increasing the number of researchers focused on health disparities and the health and well-being of older adults affected by health inequities.
Supporting early career scientists and workforce diversity
Each RCMAR awards pilot projects to early career scientists, providing the opportunity to conduct an independent research project, receive hands-on mentoring, connect with the larger RCMAR network, and generate preliminary data and experience applying for NIA grants. In the last five years alone, the program has supported 236 researchers from diverse backgrounds. Many former pilot project awardees have gone on to receive their own NIH-funded grants and/or assume leadership roles in RCMARs.
Apply by October 21 to establish or renew a RCMAR!
As part of ongoing efforts to enhance the RCMAR program’s impact, NIA recently published three new, interconnected funding opportunity announcements that underscore our DEIA resolve. We are accepting applications now through Oct. 21, 2022, for the following:
- RFA-AG-23-026, which seeks new and renewal applications for RCMARs that focus on behavioral and social research related to aging and/or to health disparities in older adults.
- RFA-AG-23-025, which invites new and renewal applications for Alzheimer’s and related dementias RCMARs that focus on a selected area of behavioral and social science.
- RFA-AG-23-027, designed to support the development and maintenance of the RCMAR coordinating center, which provides leadership to the RCMAR program through a cooperative agreement with NIA. This funding opportunity has been changed from a grant to a cooperative agreement to facilitate collaboration among RCMAR centers, other NIA-funded centers, and the broader NIH.
Applications must demonstrate a commitment to mentoring early career investigators from diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women. Competitive applicants should also emphasize inclusion and support of scientists and mentors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other institutions historically committed to training students from underrepresented minority groups.