The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently support eleven Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging, funded in September 2014 from RFA-AG-14-005. Centers support the infrastructure and pilot data necessary for larger research projects; the development of national and international networks of researchers; and the development of methods for the analysis of state-of-the art, often-longitudinal, social science data that contains complex, deeply-described phenotypes. More information is available at the Centers’ website. From this site, you may also access the websites of the individual Centers.
The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently supports thirteen Roybal Centers, funded beginning September 2019 from RFA-AG-19-006 and RFA-AG-19-007, as well as a Coordinating Center, funded through RFA-AG-19-008. The goal of the Roybal Center program is the translation and integration of basic behavioral and social research findings into interventions to improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. Roybal Centers are structured within the conceptual framework of the multidirectional, translational NIH Stage Model to produce potent and implementable principle-driven behavioral interventions.
The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) are designed (1) to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging research in priority areas of social, behavioral, and economic research on aging, and (2) to develop infrastructure to promote advances in these areas while simultaneously increasing the number of researchers focused on health disparities and the health and well-being of minority elders. The program supports research at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational, with the goal to improve the health, well-being, function, and independence of older Americans. RCMARs encourage transdisciplinary social and behavioral science research on any theme addressed in the National Institute on Aging Strategic Plan. Consistent with the longstanding focus of the RCMAR program on minority aging research, Centers offer mentoring in health disparities and minority aging issues as a major component of their research education programs, thereby enhancing the potential impact of research supported by the program on all sectors of our aging society.