Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities

Since 1981, AFAR has provided more than $181 million to nearly 4,200 talented investigators and students. To learn more about each grant, click below or contact the AFAR grant program staff at grants@afar.org.

Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in Alzheimer's Disease (R03)

• Who is eligible: Early stage investigators (ESIs) in AD/ADRD research and established researchers who are not currently doing AD/ADRD research
• Research area: Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias
• Amount of award: $200,000
• Award period: 2 years
• Number of awards given: approximately 12
The application deadlines are February 16, June 16, and October 16, 2020.



Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty

• Who is eligible: Independent Junior Faculty
• Research area: Biology of aging
• Amount of award: $100,000
• Award period: One or two years
• Number of awards given: Approximately 10
The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 16, 2019.



U.S. NAM Catalyst Award Competition

The U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recently launched its Healthy Longevity Global Competition. The NAM, with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will award up to 24 Catalyst Awards per year in 2020-2022: each includes a $50,000 cash prize and travel costs to an annual Innovator Summit. Catalyst Awards will reward bold, new, potentially transformative ideas to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being of people as they age—to extend the human healthspan through innovative approaches. The first application period opens in early January 2020.



Things To Consider When Submitting an Application to AFAR

Things To Consider When Submitting an Application to AFAR



The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

The Diamond/AFAR Fellowship is no longer available. Eligible candidates may consider applying for the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research.



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 17, 2020.



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

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), and The John A. Hartford Foundation, are collaborating on this initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging. The deadline for Applications is October 22, 2019.



Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award

• Who is eligible: Full-time faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher
• Research area: Biology of aging
• Amount of award: $300,000
• Award period: Three years
• Number of awards given: Two
The deadline for Letters of Intent is December 16, 2019



Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research

• Who is eligible: Postdoctoral fellows
• Research area: Basic and translational research that builds on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinical relevant strategies
• Amount of award: $60,000
• Award period: 1 year
• Number of awards given: 10
The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 22, 2020.



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 MSTAR program is in a renewal cycle for the 2020 program. Please be in touch directly with the National Training Centers to determine their availability and program deadline.



Diana Jacobs Kalman/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The Diana Jacobs Kalman/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 ten scholarships will be awarded in 2019. Please note: The 2019 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back for updated application materials.



The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Please note: This funding opportunity is no longer offered. Please view Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in Alzheimer's Disease (R03).





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