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Career Development Awards

Let your research retire some of your educational debt

The NIH Loan Repayment Program provides up to $35,000 per year for qualified researchers to pay off student loans. The program is accepting applications now, as it does every fall, and NIA is one of several institutes involved in this important program. If the program is appropriate for you, apply now. You may be able to get part of your student loans repaid by NIA or one of the other NIH Institutes and Centers accepting applications.

News on Career Development Awards funding

We are now paying career award applications to a score of 15. I know this will bring cold comfort to too many of you. And, the shock of learning that we are paying those career award applications with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease to a score above 30 leaves a sharp sting for those whose worthy aims do not address that priority.

Our not-yet-quite-final funding policy for fiscal year 2015

We posted an update to our funding policy on Friday. The sobering news is that for most areas of research within NIA’s mission the payline will be at the 8th percentile, with 5th percentile for applications requesting $500,000 and over, and 12th and 14th percentiles, respectively...

A supplement to keep scientists on track at critical life junctions

As John Lennon once sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” This famous adage rings true in scientific careers, where critical life events — the arrival of a child or a loved one’s illness and caregiving responsibilities — often pause a promising career. NIA...

Diversity and inclusion will build the scientific workforce of the future

Our mission at NIA is to support and train scientists in aging research to promote healthy aging and improved care for individuals in our communities. To do so, we believe it is vital to build a diverse and inclusive scientific environment where innovative ideas and solutions can emerge. This week...

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

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.

Three steps to training grant success

As the number of older people increases worldwide, the need for scientists and clinicians in aging research is greater than ever. To fulfill our mission of enhancing the pool of researchers in aging, NIA participates in a broad span of training programs. Some are sponsored by the NIH, others are...

Career development award pay lines are posted!

I have an early holiday present for those of you who’ve been waiting for this news: NIA’s FY 2019 pay lines for our career development program are 21 for our general allocation and 28 for our Alzheimer’s allocation. These numbers mean that we will pay most general allocation career award applications to the 21 score. We may require some applicants to resubmit within that line, and we may pay one or two beyond that line. The same holds true for the 28 score—for career award applications that focus on Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

Interim paylines

We announced interim paylines on our funding policy site the other day. When you read that we are funding to the 5th percentile for research grants, and to a score of 14 on career awards and only paying NIA-reviewed applications that achieved scores of 10 or 11 you must wonder at our apparent miserliness. Why not release more awards now?

The next generation: what will it take to keep them in research?

Earlier this month, I spent a week with NIA’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research). These early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come to Bethesda from all over the country. They learn about the best of our science—aging biology, behavioral and social research, neuroscience, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and health disparities. Perhaps even more importantly, they learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections. It’s something that the NIA has been doing for decades: bringing bright, promising scientists to residential programs to grow their skills and encourage them to stay the course. What an honor it was to meet this year’s class. And what fun!