Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (P30)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications from qualified institutions for the creation or continuation of Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs). The primary purpose of this FOA is (1) to support centers that will enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging research in a selected area of scientific focus, and (2) to develop infrastructure to promote advances in this area and increase the number of researchers focused on the health and well-being of minority elders. RCMARs focus on priority areas of social, behavioral, and economic research on the processes of aging at the individual or societal level. The program supports research at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational, with the goal to improve the health, well-being, function, and independence of older Americans. This new cycle of RCMARs will expand the scientific scope of the program to encourage transdisciplinary social and behavioral science research on any theme addressed in the National Institute on Aging Strategic Plan. Consistent with the longstanding focus of the RCMAR program on minority aging research, all centers are also expected to offer mentoring in health disparities and minority aging issues as a major component of their research education programs, thereby enhancing the potential impact of research supported by the program on all sectors of our aging society.  

Companion FOAs:

RFA-AG-18-004, R24 Resource-Related Research Projects

RFA-AG-18-002, P30 Center Core Grants


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): June 20, 2017
  • Application Due Date(s): July 20, 2017

RFA-AG-18-003 Expiration Date July 21, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Researchers from underrepresented backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as preceptors/mentors. Mentors should have research expertise and experience relevant to the proposed program. Mentors must be committed to continue their involvement throughout the total period of the mentee’s participation in this award.



Amount Description

NIA expects to fund Centers of different sizes. Application budgets are limited to $500K in direct costs and should reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

The project period is 5 years.  

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 20, 2017