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Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers

Welcome to NIA’s new blog

Welcome to NIA’s new blog

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 communities please read and share it. Comment freely when an issue grabs you. Let it be your blog, too.

We plan to cover a range of useful topics:

  • grantsmanship tips
  • NIA funding policy
  • data on past and future funding
  • research priorities and news
  • emerging concerns and misconceptions
  • meetings and event announcements

Sequestration happens and NIA starts a blog! Coincidence? You be the judge! But this really is a critical time to share what is happening in terms of funding policies, research priorities, and new programs. We believe that it’s especially important now to be open and transparent. Through the blog, you will know what we know when we know it and you can even comment on it, too!

I hope we’ll spark some interesting conversation. We’re planning to post approximately once a week. I’ll write some of the posts, and will be joined by others from the NIA as times and topics warrant. My next post will discuss the recently released NIA 2013 funding policy. You can read more about what we plan to post and what we’re hoping to accomplish over at About This Blog.

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We do need your help to get the blog off to a good start. Comment below, and tell me the topics that would be most interesting or helpful to you.

We review comments before they are published, but we will be as fast about it as we possibly can. It’s all described in our comment policy. And yes, you can comment on the comment policy.

So it’s your turn: what kind of information would you find most useful from the NIA?

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Posted by Orion Courtin on May 15, 2013 - 2:50 pm

As an aspiring clinician/researcher in aging, I find the idea of an open exchange of ideas and priorities encouraging (hopefully inspiring too) as we all try to make meaningful discoveries with fewer funds.

Posted by Anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 5:50 pm

What impact did the sequestration have on career development awards (K) with respect to the NIA? Were grant fundings cut uniformly between R and K awards, or did one mechanism take the brunt of the sequester at the NIA? Does the NIA publish paylines anywhere. That is, what kind of impact scores got funded for the different R awards and K awards. I am a new investigator and I feel worried about current and future funding opportunities. Thank you for answering these questions.

Posted by NIA Blog Team on May 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

You can find some information about paylines in the NIA funding policy: There's also a blog post on paylines in the works for tomorrow, so please stay tuned. We'll plan on getting into career awards and training budgets sometime soon.

Posted by Nancy Lundebjerg on May 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Congrats on the new blog. I am looking forward to keeping up with NIA news I am looking forward to hearing about priorities and how budget decisions impact NIA research funding! Would love to hear a bit about the U13 conferences (not just those at AGS) as these take place and also looking forward to updates on your ongoing collaborative work with other Institutes and agencies.

Posted by DrugMonkey on May 21, 2013 - 10:53 am

Your funding data, like the posts pioneered by Dr. Berg at NIGMS, should be your first priority.

Posted by Jmz4 on Jul 03, 2013 - 10:17 pm


Posted by Chris Callahan on May 24, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Hi Robin- Long time listener first time caller. How about a post on the roles and responsibilities of the NIA program officers. Faculty often ask: "When should I contact my program officer?" "What can I ask him/her?" "What can s/he tell me?" "How can they help or guide me?" "Can I get a second opinion?"

Posted by Robin Barr on May 29, 2013 - 11:18 am

Thanks for the suggestions, Chris. I will certainly be giving advice like that in future posts. Meanwhile you can find some of the answers in our FAQs:

Posted by HelpFindaCure on Jul 08, 2013 - 3:22 am

Thank you for the blog. I believe you could fund research by decreasing pay to resident physicians who are still in training. [Editor's Note: The rest of this comment did not comply with the comment policy and will not be published.]