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A resource roundup for finding funding opportunities

Kimberly Kramer
Kimberly KRAMER,
Health Specialist,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)

Whether you’re an aspiring scientist or a seasoned principal investigator, you likely know that NIH announces grant and similar award opportunities through its Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs). These announcements contain, among other information, descriptions of the research to be funded through the NOFO, eligibility criteria, and application instructions.

While NIA receives many applications through NIH’s parent NOFOs, which are broadly focused NOFOs that enable the submission of investigator-initiated applications, we also publish our own NOFOs that are specifically tailored to areas of aging research NIA wants to further develop. To better your chances of receiving funding, it’s important to keep up to date on newly published NOFOs so that you can find those that best fit your research interests. But how?

Where can I find NIH NOFOs?

Your first stop should be the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, colloquially known as the NIH Guide. The official publication for all NIH NOFOs, the NIH Guide enables you to apply filters and search for keywords to identify NOFOs that might be of most interest, and also to find related notices of new guidelines, policies, etc. To keep abreast of the latest announcements, you can also subscribe to the NIH Guide LISTSERV for weekly emails that compile all the NOFOs and related announcements published in the past seven days, or follow the NIH Guide on Twitter.

What about NIA NOFOs, specifically?

If you want to focus solely on aging research NOFOs, NIA offers a variety of ways to find the most recent announcements. Our website contains pages highlighting NOFOs about Alzheimer’s and related dementias research, NOFOs on aging biology, and NOFOs on behavioral and social research in aging. You can also sign up to receive monthly emails featuring our newly released NOFOs and related announcements. And, as always, be sure to keep an eye on this blog — our posts often profile new NOFOs.

Don’t forget about cleared concepts!

Many of our blog readers know that soon after each session of the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), NIA publishes a post spotlighting the concepts for aging research that were approved during the meeting. While not all concepts that receive NACA clearance move forward as funding opportunities, many do eventually make their way into the NIH Guide. So, if you want to learn about NOFOs that may be coming in the future, remember to check our approved concepts page.

Better yet, stay ahead of the pack and tune in to a NACA meeting! Our next public meeting is on Wednesday, May 17, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch at

Get in touch

If you have a question about a specific NOFO, we encourage you to reach out to the scientific/research contact listed in Section VII of the announcement. Or, feel free to leave a comment below!

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