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March 26 webinar: (Almost) everything you wanted to know about NIA funding but were afraid to ask

Robin BARR [Former NIA Staff],
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA).

Update: video of the webinar is below for those who missed the event:

This blog is a great avenue to connect to you, share information, and collect feedback through your comments. These comments matter to me, whether a burr under my saddle or a constructive suggestion (or even a pat on my back—I will take that, too!). When I go to meetings, it is lovely running into people who know me through posts they have read here.

That reminds me: The next big meeting I’ll be attending is the American Geriatrics Society in Portland, Oregon, May 2–4. I hope to talk to some of you there and listen to your research ideas. These are extraordinary times at NIA, and your ideas are critical to shaping NIA research priorities.

Let’s have a conversation

In that spirit of extraordinary opportunity in the air, we are trying new ways to reach out to our readers. That is why I am excited to announce that I will host my own webinar on Tuesday, March 26. We’ll dedicate an hour for you to ask me (almost) anything about NIA and how to secure funding. I can’t promise that I will have every answer at hand, but I will be honest when I don’t know the answer and refer you on if the answer can be found elsewhere.

I’ll begin the webinar with a few slides on NIA’s current funding lines, upcoming initiatives, and a few tips on how to secure funding. But the experience will be made or broken through your questions and comments—that is how it will be most valuable to you. Have you been wondering about how to write an application for Alzheimer’s funding? Are you curious if you are eligible for a diversity supplement? Do you have questions about how we determine pay lines? You can have these questions answered directly from the source by registering for the webinar.

To get things rolling, it would be of great help to submit some questions in advance, as that informs which kinds of material I emphasize (career awards, fellowships, small research grants, R01s, diversity supplements, etc.). To submit your questions, add them below as a comment to this blog post or email

How to participate

The webinar will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. The event is free, but registration is required to participate. If you can’t make it for the live version, don’t fret. The webinar will be recorded and available online within a couple of weeks.

We’re so excited

I hope you will be able to join me for this one! Our goal is for this to be the first of many events that will help us to connect better with you, the research community, and offer “pro tips” in real time. I look forward to speaking with you on March 26!


Submitted by Alexandra Rodrigues on March 06, 2019

I'd like to attend from Lisbon. I'm a neuroscientist. Thank you!

Submitted by Ling on March 06, 2019

learn about mechanism about secondary data analysis, career trajectory regarding funding, etc.

Submitted by Susana Gonzalo on March 06, 2019

Interested on tips to secure NIA funding and also diversity funding opportunities

Submitted by Amber Dennis on March 06, 2019

Thank you for your blog and for holding this webinar. We are interested in STTR or possibly parent opportunities for a small business. Looking forward to learning from you!

Submitted by Robert on March 12, 2019

Dr. Barr, you indicated in your other blog that the paylines will be made available earlier this year.
Will you be sharing those insights here and/or in your webinar?

Submitted by Preeti Zanwar on March 12, 2019

I'd like to identify whether my proposed questions in ADRD would be a fit to any of the ongoing NIA grant mechanisms and if so, which one. I have a 1-page proposal with specific aims and wondering if I can get feedback on it's fit within NIA.

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