Research and Funding

Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I had volunteered for an NIH committee looking at ways to reduce the average age of investigators funded on R01s. With the help of Rene Etcheberrigaray and Chuck Dumais from the Center for Scientific Review (thanks, guys), I pored over a lot of data on applications from investigators in different cohorts. I found some distinctive cohort patterns when we sorted submissions by years elapsed since the investigators obtained a Ph.D. (And I know that these are not aging effects. Read More

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Posted on November 11, 2015 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

We’re excited to be attending this meeting because it gives us here at NIA a chance to connect and re-connect with current and potential grantees. We’re hoping to see many of you at the sessions featuring NIA staff, who will be talking about research funded and conducted by NIA, as well as funding opportunities and applying for grants. And we look forward to your visiting the NIA exhibit booth to catch up on research resource information and materials for patients and providers. Please add these sessions to your schedule: Read More

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Posted on November 4, 2015 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

If you’ve been away from the lab for a while, it can be difficult to find your way back in. However, the NIH tries to make it just a bit easier by offering supplemental funding to support promising investigators as they re-ignite their scientific careers. Read More

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Posted on October 28, 2015 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Two recent blog posts illustrate the complex challenge to NIA in its current budget planning. On the one hand, we have launched a substantial “short-term, high-priority” R56 award program in response to the intense competition for our limited pool of competing general research funds. On the other hand, we have announced the publication of 10 funding opportunity announcements with a primary focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Read More

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Posted on October 21, 2015 by Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience.

Imagine having access to more than 100 measures that can be used as a common currency across diverse study designs and settings. And, imagine being able to access this system through a tablet computer. You don’t have to imagine all this, because it exists and is available in the NIH Toolbox®. Read More

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Posted on October 14, 2015 by Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience.

In May 2015, the NIA released RFA-16-009, “Collaborative Networks to Advance Delirium Research.” In this post, Dr. Susan Zieman from the NIA Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology and I want to let you know that this is an important area for research, as we seek to address key questions for this difficult and frightening issue for patients and families. Read More

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Posted on October 7, 2015 by Neil Buckholtz, Director, Division of Neuroscience.

Our nation is focused as never before on investing resources—in time, talent, and treasure—to find effective treatments for this devastating disorder called Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In the past two weeks, we have posted a series of 10 program announcements focused on AD research, which could be funded starting in fiscal year 2016. These program announcements have set-aside funds associated with them, and will be supported according to the availability of funds in FY 2016 through FY 2019. Read More

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Posted on September 30, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We’re trying something different this year in the face of the intense competition for funding—we are aggressively using the NIH R56 activity code for the first time. This award program provides one or two years of support to allow investigators to collect more data, develop more publications, or conduct any other activity that allows them to respond to comments made in the review. Read More

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Posted on September 16, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Everyone who is anyone is going to be at the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), including many of NIA’s senior and program staff. If you want the most up-to-date information on NIA’s budget and funding, scientific program activities, and research highlights, tune in and join us for the National Advisory Council on Aging meeting tomorrow morning. Read More

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Go4Life® is NIA’s national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ which seeks to empower older adults to become more physically active. In September 2015, we celebrate our first-ever Go4Life Month, in collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, working with our Go4Life partners across the country to conduct events and attract further attention to the campaign. But, Go4Life has much yet to do—and we need your help. Read More

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