Beeson Change AGEnts Fund FAQ
Beeson Change AGEnts Fund FAQ


Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research


Beeson Scholar/ Change AGEnts Action Fund


Frequently Asked Questions


Question: What is meant by "aligning with the Change AGEnts initiative”?

Answer: The project must have a focus on changing health care practice and the applicant is encouraged to work in interprofessional collaboration to achieve the practice change.


Question: What is meant by “focused on practice change"?

Answer: Practice change includes a wide variety of efforts, from highly targeted improvements in services or care that directly impact the quality of care for older adults and their families on a specific unit, in a clinic, care setting, social service agency or community, to larger scale change as such the redesign of organizations or health and human service delivery systems, the diffusion of new interventions, or policy/advocacy work that informs how care for older adults is paid for or delivered.

For the project to be considered aligned with the Change AGEnts program, it should serve as a catalyst to change the way health care is delivered to our aging society. Therefore, traditional academic projects (i.e, white papers or setting a research agenda) would not be appropriate. Forming a community-based task force with an action plan or disseminating a toolkit are examples of appropriate activities.  More examples are included in the RFA.

The Change AGEnts initiative has identified six principles of practice change:

• Involve inter-professional collaboration and utilize proven approaches to teamwork and team care;
• Are informed or driven by evidence that may be developed with a variety of rigorous research methodologies;
• Demonstrate excellence, that is, best practices and approaches that are informed by our field’s unique understanding of the health and well-being of older adults and their families;
• Involve partnerships across settings and with the community and that lead to more integrated, coordinated care and services;
• Advance person- and family-centered care that honors and responds to what older adults and their families say they need and want from their health care; and
• Promote equity and access so that more, ultimately all, older adults and their families can obtain the high quality care they need.


Question: Do(es) the project require collaborators and, if so, do other collaborator(s) have to be (a) Hartford-supported Scholar(s)?

Answer: While we highly encourage and will give preference to projects with collaborations, particularly those that are interprofessional and among Hartford-supported Scholars (such as Hartford Change AGEnts in medicine, nursing, and social work), this is not strictly required.


Question: Does the application have to come from a Beeson Scholar?

Answer: Yes, the application has to be submitted from a current or alumni Beeson Scholar.


Question: Who are Hartford Change AGEnts?

Answer: A Hartford Change AGEnt is anyone who has been affiliated with a Hartford-funded program (scholars, mentors, advisors, etc.) who is interested in changing health care delivery and practice.


Question: For the section of the budget titled "Matching Funds," is it necessary to provide details on how matching funds will be used?

Answer: It is NOT necessary to provide details on the use of matching funds.  It is acceptable to simply provide the total of any matching funds.


Question: Do you allow overhead/indirect cost?

Answer: Overhead or indirect costs are not allowed


Question: Is there a word count for each section?

Answer: No, you just need to be sure you stay within the page limits, as described in the application guidelines.


Question: Do you require an interim and final narrative report?

Answer: We only require a narrative report upon completion of the project. A financial report is also required at that time. Details regarding the reporting will be shared in the award materials.