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Research Resources


BSR supports research resources in all of our priority AD/ADRD areas. Research resources include AD-focused Centers and Research Networks, Training and Career Development Awards, Conferences and Short Courses, and awards supporting the development of publicly available data repositories, infrastructure, bioinformatics and methods, and trial design innovations. BSR has long made it a priority to invest in establishing, maintaining, linking, and leveraging publicly available data infrastructure that enables a wide range of aging- and AD/ADRD-related research.

Related AD+ADRD Research Implementation Milestones: 3A, 4J, 10D, 12A, 12B, 12D, 12F, 12H, 14C, 14E, 15A

Active Projects as of September 2021: Research resources

Data Infrastructure

BSR supports or co-funds multiple data infrastructure projects that enable various types of research on AD, mild cognitive impairment, cognitive decline, and other dementias, including, but not limited to, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP), Midlife in the U.S. (MIDUS), National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its related study, the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), American Life Panel (ALP), National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) and its related Add Health Parents Study, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), Survey of Health and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), Study of Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE), China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), and Longitudinal Aging Study in India Diagnostic Assessment of Dementia (LASI-DAD).

Visit BSR’s Data Resources and Global Aging webpages for more information.

AD/ADRD Centers

BSR’s has specialized AD/ADRD Centers as well as a subset of centers focused on AD/ADRD within each of our three Centers Programs (RCMAR, Roybal, Demography and Economics). These Centers provide important infrastructure to the research community and support diverse new and established investigators, through developing and sharing the knowledge base, hosting open pilot award competitions, establishing key community partnerships, and developing key areas of science through various cores. View a map of BSR’s current awarded centers and a list of publications from active centers.

NIA IMPACT Collaboratory

The NIA IMPACT Collaboratory serves as a national resource to improve the care and health outcomes of people living with dementia and their care partners in partnership with various health care systems by conducting embedded pragmatic clinical trials of interventions. Learn more about the IMPACT Collaboratory, including information on pilot and demonstration project programs, training opportunities, and their learning resources.

Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories for Aging Research (AITC) – Coming soon!

AD-Focused Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMARs)

Centers on the Demography and Economics (D&E) of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Dementia Care Provider Support

AD/ADRD Research Networks

Research networks provide infrastructure for advancing the development of high priority emerging areas of behavioral and social research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through meetings, conferences, small scale pilots, training, educational activities, and dissemination of resources to the field at large. Networks are typically interdisciplinary and are comprised of multiple institutions, as they are intended to serve the broader community of behavioral and social researchers engaged in a each designated scientific area.

Research Programs and Contacts

Program Contact

Relevant Area(s)

Partha Bhattacharyya

  • Data infrastructure
  • IMPACT Collaboratory
  • Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories for Aging Research (AITCs)

Minki Chatterji

  • International Network
  • Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP)

Melissa Gerald

  • AD RCMARs, diversity supplements
Amelia Karraker
  • Centers on Demography & Economics of AD/ADRD

Jonathan W. King

  • Data infrastructure

Lisa Onken

  • AD Roybal Centers

Georgeanne Patmios

  • Institutional training portfolio
  • Short courses and special training initiatives

John W.R. Phillips

  • Data Infrastructure
  • Centers on Demography & Economics of AD/ADRD

Funding Opportunities

Targeted funding opportunities to support AD/ADRD research resources are listed below. In addition, any AD/ADRD-focused application can be submitted to NIA’s parent AD/ADRD R01 and R21 program or through the parent R13 or Training announcements. Notices of Special Interest associated with these parent NOFOs specify high priority behavioral and social research topics. For a list of all of BSR’s active funding opportunities, visit our funding opportunities and applicant resources page.

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