Research Funding

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Up to ten scholarships will be awarded in 2013. They will enable PhD, MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging. Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible – the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area. Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered. Examples of promising areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging and immune function
  • Stem Cell Aging
  • Inflammation
  • Genetic Control of longevity
  • Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging
  • Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models
  • Cardiovascular aging
  • Aging and cellular stress response
  • Metabolic and endocrine changes
  • Age-related changes in cell proliferation
  • Caloric restriction and aging
  • DNA repair and control of gene expression
  • Biology of the menopause
  • Aging and apoptosis
  • Biodemographic analysis of aging
  • Comparative gerontology
  • Evolutionary biological aspects of the biology of aging
  • Macular degeneration*
  • Regenerative biology
  • RNA control of gene expression in relation to age-related diseases

*For the 2013 program, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on age-related macular degeneration, and a portion of the available funds will be set aside for this purpose.
The research project must be carried out under the supervision of a faculty mentor. It may be carried out in any not-for-profit setting, such as universities, medical schools, hospitals, or non-government agencies. Applicants who also receive NIH, NSF or DOD stipend support are eligible to receive the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. However, recipients cannot hold any other awards or scholarships concurrently with the Glenn/AFAR Scholarship. Each scholarship carries an award of $5,000. No indirect costs or overhead are allowed. Award recipients will be invited to attend the 2014 AFAR Grantee Conference.

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