Request for Inter-NIA Center Pilot Proposals on Measuring Biologic Age

Funding Agency:
Research Centers Collaborative Network

The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) is seeking to fund at least two pilot or developmental projects of up to $50,000 each that involve multiple NIA-sponsored research centers to foster new research as it relates to Measuring Biologic Age. Applications are due May 13, 2022.

This award program is sponsored by the NIA’s Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN).  The RCCN’s goal is to bring together researchers from the 6 NIA Centers programs to foster the development of cross-center collaborations around issues important to the health and wellbeing of older adults.  

The RCCN sponsors a series of workshops addressing specific problems of high salience to multiple NIA Center programs.  These workshops feature the sharing of paradigms, conceptual models, and key insights from perspectives of the participating centers programs.     

This mechanism provides funding for at least two collaborative pilot, planning or meeting grants supporting interdisciplinary research collaborations in the theme area. Each award will provide up to $50,000 in direct costs. The proposals must include investigators representing at least two different NIA Centers Programs (Shock, Roybal, Older American Independence Centers (Pepper), Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research, Centers for Demography and Economics of Aging, and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers). Investigators not affiliated with NIA programs may also be included.  Applications may seek support to collect or analyze data, convene experts to explore aspects of the theme area in detail, or develop multi- or interdisciplinary conceptual models to motivate further cross-center work. There must be clear evidence that all investigators will contribute importantly to the intellectual design and conduct of the research.  

Deadline: May 13, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Principal investigators must be faculty who are affiliated with any of the 6 NIA Center programs as confirmed by letters from the directors of the relevant Center programs.  Investigators who are not (yet) faculty can be Co-Investigators on the grant. Proposals must include investigators from at least 2 different NIA Center programs.  Proposals can be submitted by two or more Center Program investigators at the same institution or Center Program investigators at different institutions. Applications must be relevant to the Workshop topics generally, and ideally address questions and priorities addressed at the workshop as outlined above.  Small clinical trials are eligible under this mechanism. 



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

May 13, 2022