Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities

Since 1981, AFAR has provided more than $178 million to more than 4,100 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)

This National Institute on Aging (NIA) Small Research Grant Program supports important and innovative research in areas in which more scientific investigation is needed to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD).



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 17, 2018.



The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

• Who is eligible: Senior postdoctoral fellows
• Research area: Translational aging research focused on basic aging discoveries that have a clearly articulated pathway towards clinical relevance
• Amount of award: $120,000
• Award period: 2 years
• Number of awards given: 7
The deadline for Letters of Intent is January 21, 2019.



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. Please note: The 2018 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted.  Please check back in fall 2018 for updated application materials.



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 2018 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted.



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 Stroke (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 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 17, 2018



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 21, 2019.



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. Please note: The 2018 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in fall 2018 for updated application materials.



AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

The 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 eight scholarships will be awarded in 2018. Please note: The 2018 awards are closed and applications are no longer being accepted. Please check back in fall 2018 for updated application materials.





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