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Request for Applications
Pilot Grants for Aging Research

Introduction: Weill-Cornell's Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care is delighted to announce the availability of pilot funds to further aging research at Cornell. Funding is available for all aspects of aging research, ranging from biomolecular to health systems research. The Center is especially interested in providing pilot funding to projects that (1) foster interdisciplinary collaboration among Cornell researchers, and (2) that are translational in nature (i.e., have a high potential for moving a basic, clinical, or health systems research idea or strategy into practice to benefit the lives of older people).

Award: Pilot grants will be awarded in amounts up to $20,000 to individual investigators, but preference will be given to projects that demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration between Cornell researchers from distinct divisions or departments. Funds may be used to support the conduct of research itself (e.g., equipment, supplies, technical assistance) but not for direct salary support of faculty. Faculty members at all levels are encouraged to apply with special consideration given to junior faculty embarking on a career in aging research or established investigators who are transitioning their existing efforts to aging. This funding is available for February 1, 2005 start date.

Guidelines: The application should include:
  • synopsis of the proposed work (three-page maximum) in twelve point, times-roman font with margins of 0.5 in.(see Items A-F below),
  • one-page budget (Item G),
  • NIH-style curriculum vitae of each of the faculty involved in the project (Item H).
In general, the application must include the following:

A. Specific Aims: The goals of the study and the hypothesis of research.

B. Background and Significance: A brief statement of how the work (a) relates to aging, (b) has potential to improve clinical care of older adults; and (c) where applicable fosters collaboration among Cornell Investigators.

C. Experimental Design: Outline of the planned experiments, including experimental endpoints, statistical and analytical considerations.

D. Next Steps: What will be the next step following completion of the pilot studies. What specific grant applications do you plan to submit following the completion of successful pilot studies?

E. Vertebrate Subjects: Please indicate whether or not animal studies are involved. If you are planning to conduct animal studies, you must apply for IACUC approval. Although IACUC approval is not required at the time of application, funding will not be released until the IACUC has reviewed and approved your proposed protocol.

F. Human Subjects: Please indicate whether or not human subjects are involved. If you are planning to conduct human studies, you must apply for IRB approval. Although IRB approval is not required at the time of application, funding will not be released until the IRB has reviewed and approved your proposed protocol.

G. Budget: Please provide a budget and an itemized budget justification.

H. Curriculum Vitae: Include a current NIH-style C.V. of each faculty participant (not considered as part of the 3 page limitation of the application) Each C.V. should be no more than two pages in length.

Application Review Process: Pilot grant applications will be reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Center with assistance from its Internal Advisory Committee. Details about the Center's mission, leadership, and activities can be found at

Application Submission: Submit the original application plus six (6) copies to the Weill Cornell Medical College Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care by [TBA]. Please include a cover letter that has your contact information, both email address and phone number.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology
Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care
525 E. 68 St., Box 39
New York, NY 10021
Phone: 212-746-1729
[TBA] Submission
[TBA] Notification of funding decision.
Successful applicants will be asked to present their work as either a poster or paper presentation at Cornell's next Aging Symposium.

Questions about the pilot grant program can be directed to the Center's Administrative Coordinator, Elenora Levin at [email protected].

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