NIA Administrative Supplement Now Available

June 19, 2014

The NIA Office of Special Populations - in collaboration with each NIA Division - is pleased to offer Administrative Supplements for Aging Research on Health Disparities. These one year awards are designed to support promising research that addresses disparities in aging and health.

Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors that influence health, accelerate aging and reduce life expectancy. Early socioeconomic disadvantage, social deprivation and weathering have all been posited as contextual factors that accelerate aging processes and reduce life expectancy for specific U.S. populations. Gender differences in health and longevity are also observed across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic status (SES) groups. For example, while on average U.S. women live longer than men, depression is twice as common among women, and women are more likely to suffer from dementias in older age when compared to men. Moreover, African American men of any SES live shorter lives than other men belonging to comparable socioeconomic statuses, highlighting the powerful influence of race on accelerated aging and life expectancy in the U.S.

Priority populations for health disparities research supported by NIH – as defined by its National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities - include Hispanics, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Populations, and Rural Populations. This NIA administrative supplement funding opportunity seeks to motivate health disparities research that:

  • Examines cellular and molecular mechanisms of aging biology/physiology (i.e., inflammation, stress, cellular senescence, etc.) that underlie health disparities
  • Investigates mechanisms underlying the health disparities in aging of sensory, motor, cognition, and/or other neural systems and/or Alzheimer’s disease
  • Adds populations to ongoing studies that permit comparisons and analyses of health disparities
  • Develops measures appropriate for health disparities populations that enhance research on the mechanisms by which health disparities affect health and well-being outcomes over the life span
  • Examines racial or ethnic disparities in functional, physiologic, or metabolic outcomes across the life span and in old age

Specific examples of applications that are relevant to this administrative supplement program include projects that propose to add human tissue in order to conduct exploratory analyses that informs health disparities; supplement of a particular population to an existing data set that enables health disparities research; the development and/or psychometric testing of measures that enable health disparities research; new analyses of existing data that are adequately powered to allow comparative analyses.

The research proposed under this administrative supplement program must be within the original scope of a NIA parent award. The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award. It is strongly encouraged to contact your assigned program officer to discuss this supplement opportunity before applying. Additional information about this exciting funding opportunity may be found at:

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