Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities

Since 1981, AFAR has provided nearly $175 million to over 4,400 talented investigators and students. To learn more about each grant, click below or contact the AFAR grant program staff at

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research (GFMR) and AFAR provide 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. These investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics. Since 1981, over 700 Research Grants have been awarded. Up to 10 awards will be given in 2018. The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 15, 2017.

The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

The program, focused on the development of translational aging research, provides up to seven two-year fellowships of $120,000. It is meant to provide portable and flexible transitional funding for senior postdoctoral fellows as they develop and negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs. 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 deadline for Letters of Intent is January 22, 2018.

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 12, 2018.

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. The deadline for Letters of Intent is April 13, 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.

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award

The goal of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research's Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) program, administered by AFAR, is to provide timely support to a small number of research projects that are relatively high risk but which offer significant promise of yielding transforming discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging. Full-time faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher who can demonstrate a strong record of independence are eligible. Two three-year awards will be made in 2018 at the level of $300,000 total ($100,000 per year). The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 22, 2018.

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research

This program was developed to address the current concerns about an adequate funding base for postdoctoral fellows (MD, MD/PhD and PhD) who specifically direct their research towards basic aging mechanisms and/or translational findings that have direct benefits to human aging. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible. Up to ten one-year fellowships of $60,000 will be awarded in 2018. Please note:The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 22, 2018.

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 26, 2018. Please carefully review the application materials as they have changed for 2018.

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

This program will not be offered in 2018.