Cleared concepts: A crystal ball for likely future funding initiatives
NIA is excited to unveil our latest collection of cleared concepts for funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). As presented at our final fiscal year 2019 National Advisory Council on Aging meeting, the late-summer crop yielded 15 intriguing ideas to share with the research community to help spark innovation and advances in the field.
As is recent tradition, we’ve published summaries of the newly cleared concepts on the NIA website, along with contact information for appropriate program staff. It’s important to note that this list doesn’t include award mechanisms or funding allocations, which won’t be finalized until any resulting FOAs are officially published in the NIH Guide. While cleared concepts represent interest at NIA for future FOAs, there is no guarantee that all of the concepts will end up as published FOAs. Nonetheless, in the past the vast majority of concepts have been published as FOAs in the weeks to months following their announcement.
To take advantage of the opportunity, if you are not already doing so, please monitor or subscribe to the NIH Guide and bookmark the NIA Grants and Funding page. You can also sign up to receive a monthly e-alert of the latest NIA funding opportunities at http://bit.ly/NIAFOAlist.
NIA first began posting our cleared concepts in fall 2016 to enable broader dissemination of our research priorities to the scientific community. Since then, this information has been among our most in-demand content as researchers consider future applications and directions for their own labs or centers.
The fall lineup
With that said, here are the most recent set of approved concepts:
- The Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) Functional Genomics Program (FGP)
- Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity
- Artificial Intelligence and Technology Centers for Aging Research
- Central and Peripheral Control of Balance in Older Adults
- Emotional Well-Being: High Priority Research Networks
- Glial Plasticity in the Aging Brain
- Harmonization of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) Genetic, Epidemiologic, and Clinical Data to Enhance Therapeutic Target Discovery
- Mechanisms of Rejuvenation and Accelerated Aging in Heterochronic Blood Exchange
- National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) Wave 6
- New/Unconventional Animal Models of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Oligomer Seed Bank Initiative
- Prodromal α-Synucleinopathies Consortium
- Planning Projects for Clinical Trials on Effects of Sustained Reductions in Caloric Intake and Related Dietary Practices in Younger and Older Persons
- Research Education Resources to Foster Development of Geriatrics-Related Translational and Clinical Scientists
- Stem Cell Aging and Oncogenic Transformation
Be smart, start prepping now
If your field of study is on this latest list, it’s a smart idea to begin brainstorming now on how you might respond to possible future related Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, or Notices of Special Interest. Be sure to compile an updated tally of the facilities, equipment, personnel, and other resources you’ll need to pursue your desired topic. It’s also a perfect time to initiate informal dialogue with your colleagues to begin planning strategies and angles of approach for topics of interest.
Read and reach out
We share these concepts with the hope that they are a valuable resource. But more importantly, we seek and value your input. Once you have read them, reach out to contact program staff with questions, or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you as you explore NIA’s new possibilities on the horizon!