The Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Awards Program A Supplemental Grant Program for Recipients of the National Institute on Aging Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR)

Funding Agency:
American Geriatrics Society

Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Awards are offered by a number of specialty societies, and the AGS serves as a central coordinating body for applicants applying to the NIA’s GEMSSTAR Award. AGS staff also serve as the first point of contact for Jahnigen applicants and can answer any questions you may have about the application process. In addition, staff can help you find geriatrics mentors to assist you in writing your proposal, and we will identify a specialty mentor with geriatrics expertise to provide a pre-application review for your proposal.

The program offers funding for a Professional Development Plan (PDP) to complement the R03 research project funded under the National Institute on Aging’s GEMSSTAR award mechanism. This is a competitive awards program and funding is only provided to those applicants who successfully compete for a GEMSSTAR award. The application due date for the NIA GEMSSTAR R03 is October 2, 2019.

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Areas of Interest

Jahnigen Awards are currently available in the following specialties:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Planning to submit an application for a GEMSSTAR grant under the RFA.
  • Be a physician who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have a mentorship team that, at a minimum, is comprised of a research mentor, a geriatrics mentor, and a subspecialty mentor (the research and specialty mentor may be the same person).
  • Have a letter from the department chair and the division/section chief stating that the applicant will have a substantial amount of protected time that covers career development.
  • Agree to participate in the JCDA activities at future American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meetings and in the U13 Conference Series, Physician Scientists in Aging: Developing and Activating Specialty Investigators.
  • Agree to provide AGS a 12- and 24-month progress report on the proposed career development plan in addition to meeting the NIA reporting requirements.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

October 2, 2019