Research Funding

Postdoctoral Fellows in Aging Research Program

The Ellison Medical Foundation, in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research, created the Ellison/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows in Aging Research Program to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows with outstanding promise in the basic biological and biomedical sciences relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to permit these postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging.

The program was developed to address the current concerns about an adequate funding base for postdoctoral fellows (both M.D.s and Ph.D.s) who conduct research in the fundamental mechanisms of aging.

Projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging will be given highest priority. Projects investigating age-related diseases may be considered if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders also will be considered. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible. The applicant must be a postdoctoral fellow (M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree) at the start date of the award (July 1, 2013). The proposed research must be conducted at any type of not-for-profit setting in the United States.

It is anticipated that up to fifteen one-year grants ranging from $47,114 for a first-year fellow up to $55,670 for a fellow with five years of training will be awarded in 2013.

Visit the AFAR Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

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