Research and Funding

Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Two recent blog posts illustrate the complex challenge to NIA in its current budget planning. On the one hand, we have launched a substantial “short-term, high-priority” R56 award program in response to the intense competition for our limited pool of competing general research funds. On the other hand, we have announced the publication of 10 funding opportunity announcements with a primary focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Read More

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Posted on October 21, 2015 by Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience.

Imagine having access to more than 100 measures that can be used as a common currency across diverse study designs and settings. And, imagine being able to access this system through a tablet computer. You don’t have to imagine all this, because it exists and is available in the NIH Toolbox®. Read More

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Posted on October 14, 2015 by Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience.

In May 2015, the NIA released RFA-16-009, “Collaborative Networks to Advance Delirium Research.” In this post, Dr. Susan Zieman from the NIA Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology and I want to let you know that this is an important area for research, as we seek to address key questions for this difficult and frightening issue for patients and families. Read More

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Posted on October 7, 2015 by Neil Buckholtz, Director, Division of Neuroscience.

Our nation is focused as never before on investing resources—in time, talent, and treasure—to find effective treatments for this devastating disorder called Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In the past two weeks, we have posted a series of 10 program announcements focused on AD research, which could be funded starting in fiscal year 2016. These program announcements have set-aside funds associated with them, and will be supported according to the availability of funds in FY 2016 through FY 2019. Read More

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Posted on September 30, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We’re trying something different this year in the face of the intense competition for funding—we are aggressively using the NIH R56 activity code for the first time. This award program provides one or two years of support to allow investigators to collect more data, develop more publications, or conduct any other activity that allows them to respond to comments made in the review. Read More

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Posted on September 16, 2015 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Everyone who is anyone is going to be at the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), including many of NIA’s senior and program staff. If you want the most up-to-date information on NIA’s budget and funding, scientific program activities, and research highlights, tune in and join us for the National Advisory Council on Aging meeting tomorrow morning. Read More

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Go4Life® is NIA’s national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ which seeks to empower older adults to become more physically active. In September 2015, we celebrate our first-ever Go4Life Month, in collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, working with our Go4Life partners across the country to conduct events and attract further attention to the campaign. But, Go4Life has much yet to do—and we need your help. Read More

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Posted on August 19, 2015 by Carl V. Hill, Director, Office of Special Populations.

On July 8, 2015, NIA’s Office of Special Populations released PA-15-293, “Aging Research to Address Health Disparities.“ It seeks to support aging research that addresses disparities in health, including preclinical, clinical, social, and behavioral studies. A few weeks ago, I sat down with Dr. Felipe Sierra, director of the Division of Aging Biology (DAB) to discuss some opportunities for involving basic researchers in health disparities research. Read More

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Posted on August 5, 2015 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Just last week, I had the honor of presenting, on behalf of NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, the first-ever NIH Professional Judgment Budget for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Outlined at the July 27 meeting of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, the proposal—commonly referred to as a Bypass Budget—lays out NIH’s plan to speed discovery into these devastating disorders, aimed at meeting the research goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease—to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Read More

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Posted on July 22, 2015 by Carl V. Hill, Director, Office of Special Populations.

This year’s Butler-Williams Scholars Program will take place next week on the NIH campus. Recently, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes described to the Friends of the NIA why it’s so important to encourage new and early-stage investigators’ interests in aging research and explained some of the opportunities that we are providing new investigators. Read More

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