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).
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.
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.
The NIA AD/ADRD Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, established as the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer's disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory in fall 2019, serves as a national resource to improve the care and health outcomes of people living with dementia (PLWD) and their care partners in partnership with various health care systems. The IMPACT Collaboratory’s mission is to build the nation’s capacity to conduct pragmatic clinical trials (ePCTs) of interventions embedded within health care systems for PLWD and their care partners. The IMPACT Collaboratory actively develops and disseminates knowledge, promotes research development, builds investigator capacity, and engages stakeholders to establish and strengthen an infrastructure to improve the health of persons living with dementia and their care partners.
The NIA supports the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratories (AITC) for Aging Research program through RFA-AG-21-009 (P30s) and RFA-AG-21-018 (R24). The AITC program serves as a national resource to promote the development and implementation of artificial intelligence approaches and technology through demonstration projects to improve care and health outcomes for older Americans, including persons with dementia (PWD) and their caregivers.