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BSR Centers

Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging

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.

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 support thirteen Roybal Centers, funded in September 2014 from RFA-AG-14-004. The Roybal Centers are intended to develop and pilot innovative ideas for translation of basic behavioral and social research findings into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. The thirteen currently-funded Roybal Centers focus on the following topics: behavior change and health promotion interventions; financial and health decision-making; social networks and informal support resources for vulnerable older adults; health and mobility; disease and pain management; improving measurement of health and well-being; and health forecasting and informing policy-making.

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.