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BSR Centers

Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging

The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently supports fifteen Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging (P30s), funded from RFA-AG-20-001 and RFA-AG-20-002, and one Coordinating Center (R24) from RFA-AG-20-003. This Research and Development Center (P30) Program is designed primarily to support the infrastructure and pilot data necessary for research and program development by investigators within an institution, and/or across domestic and international institutions, in the areas of demography and economics of aging, including related to Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD).

Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging

The NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research currently supports fifteen Roybal Centers, funded through 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.

Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

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.