Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity (R36)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide dissertation awards in all areas of research within NIA’s strategic priorities to increase diversity of the scientific research workforce engaged in research on aging and aging-related health conditions.


  • R36 Deadlines: Feb. 16, Jun. 16, Oct. 16.
  • AIDS Deadlines: Jan. 7, May 7, Sep. 7.

PAR-17-025 Expiration Date: January 8, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

This FOA targets these individuals at a particularly critical juncture in their doctoral training, a period during which institutional support often declines or terminates altogether. Importantly, NIA’s R36 Program provides funds for individuals from diverse backgrounds to conduct dissertation research on aging, with funds or support not readily or sufficiently available in NRSA predoctoral (F31) programs, which limit support to stipends, tuition and fees, and institutional allowance. These awards are available to predoctoral students from backgrounds underrepresented in research who are enrolled in good standing in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions).

Specifically, this R36 announcement seeks to stimulate participation of individuals from the following groups:

A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2007, p. 262). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are defined as:

  • Individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 16, 2019