The Sagol Network GerOmic Award for Junior Faculty

Funding Agency:
American Federation for Aging Research

Given the biological complexity and heterogeneity of the aging process, the emerging field of various -omics research can play an important role in providing important insights into the aging process and many age-related diseases. The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research and ger-omics, –omics research focused on aging and/or age-related disease research in particular.

The Sagol Network GerOmic Award will provide up to $125,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (MDs and PhDs) to conduct aging-related -omics research. Research areas supported include, but are not limited to:

  • Genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics, and methylomics (and other areas of -omics research) that focus on biological versus chronological aging in animals and humans.
  • Comparative -omics in animals with different life spans.
  • Omics of aging-related interventions and therapeutics.

It is anticipated that one grant of up to $125,000 will be awarded in 2022. Applicants may propose to use the award over the course of one or two years as justified by the proposed research. Up to 8% of funds may be budgeted for overhead or indirect costs (not to exceed $9,259). Funding will begin July 1, 2022.

LOI Deadline: Dec. 15, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, the applicant must be:

  • An independent investigator with independent research space at institutions as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair,
  • No more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2022. Exceptions to the ten year rule may be requested by emailing an NIH-style biosketch to AFAR at at least one week prior to the deadline date. Due to challenges related to the COVID pandemic, we will allow one additional year - 11 years total - for the 2022 award cycle.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


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

External Deadline

December 15, 2021