Since 1981, AFAR has provided approximately $132 million to more than 2,800 talented investigators and students. To learn more about each grant, click below or contact the AFAR grant princesses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research
Please note: The 2013 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted. The tentative deadline for applications for the 2014 awards is December 16, 2013; please check back in fall 2013 for updated application materials.
Julie Martin (1929-2005) was trained in medical technology and art history at the University of Washington. Over a period of more than forty years, hundreds of visiting gerontologists from around the world were guests at her lovely Seattle home. She traveled widely with her husband, George M. Martin, Scientific Director of AFAR, helping him with field research in India, Syria, Turkey, Europe and Japan, work that eventually led to the identification of the helicase/exonuclease mutations responsible for the Werner syndrome, a striking segmental progeroid syndrome. Julie was devoted to family, friends and colleagues, and to her collection of folk art, which included some of her own creations.
Sponsored by The Ellison Medical Foundation, this program was designed for outstanding mid-career scientists who propose new directions of high importance to biological gerontology. Proposals in areas where NIH awards or other traditional sources are unlikely because the research is high risk, are particularly encouraged if they have the potential for leading to major new advances in our understanding of basic mechanisms of aging.
Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, but only 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 are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. 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.
Recipients of this award are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference. The purpose of the meeting is to promote scientific and personal exchanges among recent AFAR grantees and experts in aging research.
- The applicant must be an Associate Professor who was promoted to that position (with or without tenure) after December 1, 2009.
- Scientists not previously engaged in aging research, but whose research could lead to novel approaches in aging are eligible.
- Scientists already engaged in aging research but whose proposed research is a new high-risk direction of investigation with a potential high payoff in our understanding of basic aging processes, are also eligible.
- The proposed research must be conducted at any type of not-for-profit setting in the United States. Individuals who are employees in the NIH Intramural program are not eligible.
- Recipients, past or present, of the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar Award in Aging are not eligible to apply for this award.
The following criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:
Qualifications of the applicant
Quality and promise of the proposed research, and potential for a high-payoff for advancing our understanding of basic aging processes.
Excellence of the research environment
Questions about eligibility or suitability of the research project can be addressed to email@example.com.
The deadline of receipt of applications and all supporting materials is December 17, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the Julie Martin Mid-Career Award instruction sheet and application for complete application procedures. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Applications should be submitted through the website www.afar.org/grants/.
All candidates must submit applications endorsed by their institution. Applications are reviewed in two stages: An initial screening is made by an international team of reviewers after which candidates are advised of the status of their applications via email by mid-April. Proposals that are successful in the initial screening are then reviewed by members of a second committee and final awards are announced by early June. The award start date is July 1, 2013. AFAR can only provide critiques for those applications that went through to the second level of review.
Two four-year awards of $500,000 will be made in 2013, at the level of $125,000 per year. In addition, up to 10% ($50,000) may be requested for administrative/indirect costs.
If you are using animals in your research, please review Principles of Animal Use for Gerontological Research.
For an application, click here.
Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Investigators will be required to submit brief narrative reports on the progress of their research annually. Final narrative and financial reports are required within three months following the end date of the award.
The Ellison Medical Foundation, established and supported by Lawrence J. Ellison, fosters creativity in biomedical research by supporting basic biomedical research on aging relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The Foundation particularly wishes to stimulate new, creative, research that might not be funded by traditional sources or that is often under-funded in the U.S. The Ellison Medical Foundation fosters research by means of grants-in-aid to investigators at universities and laboratories within the United States using a variety of award mechanisms.