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Webinar features overview of grants process

Toccara Chamberlain
Toccara CHAMBERLAIN,
Program Analyst,
Office of the Director (OD)
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You have a burning idea about aging. Now you need the funding for it. What do you do? Or, you once sent an application through the inscrutable machinery of grants.gov. You even retrieved reviews after an eternity of waiting. And now, apart from burying the reviews in several feet of dirt where they will be of most use, you have no idea what your next move is. We may have the answer for you.

NIA 101

On June 14, Dr. Chyren Hunter, deputy director of the Division of Extramural Activities and NIA training officer, will be featured on “NIA 101,” a free webinar designed to explain the grant application and review process. She will explain each step and respond to questions from the audience. At the end of the hour-long webinar, you should have all the information you need to apply for NIA funding. As a participant, you’ll get a copy of Dr. Hunter’s presentation, a transcript of the questions and answers, and a link to the archived, recorded session.

You can register for the webinar online. Once you’re registered, you’ll receive an e-mail telling you how to join the webinar and other information.

An ongoing series

“NIA 101” is the latest in a series of webinars sponsored by NIA’s Office of Special Populations and the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Webinars on a variety of topics related to aging research are conducted seven or eight times a year by GSA. NIA is collaborating with GSA on two webinars each year.

Our most recent webinar took place in September 2015. Dr. Jamie Justice of Wake Forest School of Medicine and Dr. Todd Ruppar of the University of Missouri presented “Post-Doctoral Opportunities: A Complete Look at the Spectrum of the Post-Doc Experience.” We received good feedback on the session, and look forward to this next one.

This collaboration is part of an effort by ESPO and NIA to provide potential grantees with the information they need to succeed in applying for funding and accessing NIA’s training programs. ESPO is GSA’s link to undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in aging research. It provides students with chances to become involved in the gerontology field and connects students with mentors to guide them as they progress through their education.

What do you want to know?

We are currently planning our next webinar, which will take place in the fall of 2016. We haven’t set the date yet, but will let you know when it’s scheduled. We haven’t settled on a topic yet, either, so let us hear from you! If you have suggestions for potential topics, send them to Dr. Carl Hill, OSP director or you can email me. Or, feel free to pass on your suggestion in a comment below!

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