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NIA’s latest cleared research concept for possible future funding

Amy Kelley
Deputy Director, NIA,
Office of the Director (OD)

Earlier this month, NIA’s National Advisory Council on Aging approved a proposed concept for a research and development (R&D) contract for technology to facilitate characterization of the exposome in under-resourced populations for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias studies. This concept combines our ongoing dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility with the developing field of the exposome, which is the comprehensive set of exposures in people’s physical, chemical, social, psychological, and economic environments.

If you’re a seasoned reader of the Inside NIA blog, then you know that a scientific idea making it to the cleared concept stage doesn’t guarantee a future award mechanism or funding, since nothing is official until published. However, the majority of NIA’s past cleared concepts tended to emerge later as notices of funding opportunities or contract solicitations. R&D contracts and requests for proposals are published on the website.

Start planning now and stay tuned for more concepts

Don’t be discouraged by the solo concept this time around! We tend to have fewer cleared concepts proposed during our May council meeting than in September and January. Stay tuned for more cleared concepts this fall and in early 2024.

If you are interested in our May concept, a savvy move is to begin planning now for a successful proposal by mapping out necessary personnel, resources, and collaborative strategies. As is customary, a concept’s listed program officer contact is the best resource for your questions.

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