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NIA COVID-19 Response

In this rapidly evolving crisis, NIA supports research into COVID-19 and older adults, particularly why they may be more susceptible to the virus, how they can be most protected, and the social and economic effects of the pandemic on older adults.

In a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientific leaders from the National Institutes of Health, including NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, set forth a framework to increase significantly the number, quality and type of daily tests for detecting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and help reduce inequities for underserved populations that have been disproportionally affected by the disease. NIH established the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program to respond to this critical need.

The National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADxSM) Program

The RADx initiative is a national call for scientists and organizations to bring their innovative ideas for new COVID-19 testing approaches and strategies. NIA has been an integral part of these initiatives, especially the RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program, which strives to understand the factors associated with disparities in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. Learn more about RADx.

Check this page frequently for updates on NIA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NIA is Funding Aging Research into COVID-19

In April, NIA published a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) on NIA Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), NOT-AG-20-022. Open to NIA, National Institute of Mental Health, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grantees, the NOSI is designed to support administrative and revision supplements in aging biology, behavioral and social research, geriatrics and gerontology and neuroscience related to COVID-19. Learn more about the NOSI in this Inside NIA blog post.

COVID-19 Funding Opportunities from NIA
Number Title Release Date Expiration Date
NOT-AG-20-129 November 10, 2020 July 13, 2021 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
NOT-AG-20-022 April 2, 2020 May 1, 2021 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
PAR-20-234 June 15, 2020 February 2, 2021
NOT-AG-21-015 January 26, 2021 May 8, 2023

In addition to soliciting applications for administrative supplements, NIA has joined the following Notices, NOSIs, and FOAs originating with other NIH Institutes and Centers:

COVID-19 Notices, NOSIs, and FOAs from NIA
Number Title Participating Organizations Release Date Expiration Date
RFA-OD-20-018 OD, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIA, NIDCR, NIDA, NCATS, Common Fund, NCI August 6, 2020 September 19, 2020
RFA-OD-20-014 OD, NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NCCIH, NCI, NHLBI August 6, 2020 September 16, 2020
NOT-OD-20-152 OD, NIA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NINDS, NINR, ORWH August 6, 2020 September 16, 2020
RFA-OD-20-022 OD, NIA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NINDS, NINR, NLM, ORWH August 6, 2020 September 16, 2020
PAR-20-243 NIMH, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDA, NINR, NIMHD, NCCIH, NCATS, ODP, OBSSR, ORWH, SGMRO June 26, 2020 March 3, 2021
PAR-20-237 NIMHD, NEI, NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIMH, NINR, NCCIH, NCATS, SGMRO, ODP, ORWH June 17, 2020 December 2, 2020
NOT-OD-20-119 OD, NIMHD, NIA, NEI, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, NLM, FIC, NCCIH, NCATS, NCI, SGMRO, THRO, OD, ODP, OBSSR, ORWH June 12, 2020 September 9, 2020
NOT-OD-20-120 OD, NIMHD, NIA, NEI, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, NLM, FIC, NCCIH, NCATS, NCI, SGMRO, THRO, OD, ODP, OBSSR, ORWH June 12, 2020 September 9, 2020
NOT-OD-20-121 OD, NIMHD, NIA, NEI, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIAAA, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIAMS, NICHD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), NINR, NLM, NCCIH, NCATS, NCI, SGMRO, THRO, OD, ODP, OBSSR, ORWH June 12, 2020 August 8, 2020
NOT-OD-20-118 Office of the Director (OD) June 10, 2020 N/A
NOT-MD-20-022 NIMHD, NEI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIMH, NCCIH, NCATS, SGMRO, ODP, OBSSR, ORWH June 5, 2020 December 30, 2020 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
NOT-MH-20-053 NIMH, NEI, NHLBI, NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NINR, NIMHD, NCCIH, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO), OBSSR, ODP, Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) June 5, 2020 December 30, 2020 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
NOT-MH-20-058 NIMH, National Eye Institute (NEI), NIA, NIAAA, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDA, NINR, NCCIH, ODP, OBSSR June 4, 2020 N/A
NOT-MD-20-023 NIMHD, NIA, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), NIEHS, NIMH, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NCCIH, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), OBSSR, ORWH June 3, 2020 N/A
NOT-OD-20-097 NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIA, NIAAA, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NCCIH, National Cancer Institute (NCI) April 13, 2020 April 1, 2021 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
NOT-AT-20-011 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), NIA, NIAAA April 10, 2020 N/A
NOT-MD-20-019 NIMHD, NIA, NIMH, NIAAA, NINDS April 9, 2020 May 1, 2021 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
NOT-MH-20-047 NIMH, NIA, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIAAA April 9, 2020 April 16, 2021 (NIA Expiration: December 1, 2020)
NOT-AG-20-022 National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) April 2, 2020 May 1, 2021

Support for COVID-19 Interruptions for Funded Researchers

The pandemic and associated closures at institutions around the world present significant challenges for funded researchers managing existing studies. NIA is working with NIH and other HHS colleagues to help ease this burden and provide guidance and policies to ensure research can continue as much as is safe during the pandemic and resume with minimal negative impact after this crisis is over. After visiting the OER Coronavirus webpage for the latest guidance from NIH, NIA grantees are encourage to contact their program officers with specific questions.