Research and Funding

Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translation 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.

The Roybal Centers are credited with building a research infrastructure that: (1) Enhances the productivity of relevant basic research and existing projects; (2) Accelerates the development of new ideas or applications (including successful grant funding from other sponsors); (3) Facilitates collaborations among academic researchers and commercial interests and recruitment of new researchers to aging and/or translational research, and ; (4) Provides a context for assembling multidisciplinary teams to solve practical problems.

Principal Investigator (PI)
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Yale University
Princeton University
University of Southern California
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Southern California
Oregon Health and Science University
Brandeis University
National Bureau of Economic Research
Reid, Manney Carrington (contact); Pillemer, Karl A; Wethington, Elaine
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Washington
University of Pennsylvania


NIA Staff Contact:

Lisa Onken
Division of Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging
National Institutes of Health
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, #533
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Phone: (301) 496-3131
Fax: (301) 402-0051