Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities

Since 1981, AFAR has provided over $172 million to over 4,000 talented investigators and students. To learn more about each grant, click below or contact the AFAR grant program staff at

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty

AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics. Since 1981, over 700 AFAR Research Grants have been awarded. Up to 10 awards will be given in 2017. Please note: The 2017 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in fall 2017 for updated application materials.

The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

*NEW!* The program provides up to seven two-year fellowships of $120,000, allowing for flexible and portable use of the funds, providing leverage to senior postdoctoral fellows to negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs either at their own or other institutions. A supplemental award of up to $30,000 may be available if the candidate successfully transitions to an independent junior faculty position within two years of completing the Diamond/AFAR Fellowship. Please note: The letter of intent deadline has passed for 2017. Please check back in late 2017 for updated materials.

Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

In a collaborative effort, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) are seeking grant applications that focus on studying the underlying mechanisms of the aging process as it relates to arthritis. One year awards of up to $100,000. The deadline for Applications is January 13, 2017.

The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the major goal of this partnership program is to support important research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The program also serves to encourage junior investigators in the United States and Israel to pursue research and academic careers in the neurosciences, and Alzheimer's disease in particular. Up to three one- to two-year awards of $100,000 each will be awarded. Please note: The program is currently under review for funding in 2018.

The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) are collaborating on this initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging.

Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award

The goal of the Glenn/AFAR BIG program is to provide timely support to a small number of research projects that are building on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinically-relevant strategies, treatments and therapeutics, addressing human aging and health span. Full-time faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher who can demonstrate a strong record of independence are eligible. Two two-year grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded. Please note: The 2017 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in fall 2017 for updated application materials.

Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging

This program is for postdoctoral fellows (MD, MD/PhD and PhD) who specifically direct their research towards translational findings and who will demonstrate how their research will have direct benefits to human aging. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible. Up to ten one-year fellowships will be awarded in 2017. The award levels range from $49,000 to $60,000, based on years of relevant experience. Please note:The letter of intent deadline has passed for 2017. Please check back in late 2017 for updated application materials.

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

The MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2017. Please carefully review the application materials as they have changed for 2017.

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging have been established in order to continue to attract new generations of talented investigators to the field of aging research. The program is designed to give students enrolled in MD, DO, PhD, or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. Up to twelve $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2017.The deadline for Applications is January 17, 2017.