Frequently Asked Grants Questions

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Frequently Asked Grants Questions


Biology of Aging Programs


MSTAR Program

Biology of Aging Programs



Q: Are there citizenship requirements for your programs?
A: There are no citizenship requirements for the biology of aging programs. The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) and Beeson Career Development programs require that the applicant is a US citizen or permanent resident.

Q: Is the _______ award available internationally?
A: No, you must be conducting research at a U.S.-based not-for-profit institution by the start date of the award.

Technical Stuff

Q: Can I get an extension on the deadline? My cat died.
A: We are very sorry that your cat died, but, no you cannot get an extension on the deadline for ANY reason.

Q: How will I know that my Letter of Intent or application was received?
A: After submitting your Letter of Intent/application through the appropriate email address, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation email. Please keep this email for your records. If you do not receive this email within hours of submitting your application, please check your spam folder. If you do not receive the confirmation email, contact AFAR immediately.

Q: When is the start date of the award?
A: July 1, 2020 (this does not apply to the Kalman/AFAR Scholarship recipients.)

Q: Can my figures and graphs be included as appendices to the LOI or application?
A: No. If any figures/images are used, they must be included in the LOI on page two or in the proposal portion of the application. If you do not follow these instructions, your application may not be reviewed. Also, the reviewers do not want to use a magnifying glass to read the legend on your figures/images - please keep them legible.

Q: I was selected to submit a full application, can the budget include postdoctoral students and graduate students under personnel?
A: Yes. But we only cover salary or stipends, not tuition. (This does not apply to the postdoctoral fellowship programs.)

Q: Under personnel in the budget, can fringe benefits be included as well as salary?
A: Yes. (This does not apply to the postdoctoral fellowship programs.)

Q: Are indirect costs allowed?
A: Yes, but it varies by grant. Please read the grant materials carefully and contact us if you have questions.

Q: Are publication costs allowed?
A: Yes, up to $2,000.

Q: Is the budget amount for the AFAR Grantee Conference $1500 or $1750? And if my award is for 2 years, do I need to budget it for both years?
A: You should budget $1750 for the AFAR Grantee Conference. You will only be invited to attend once, so you can budget it for either year.

Q: Can there be more than one PI?
A: No, but we will allow for co-PIs and Collaborators. The award will only be made to one person.

Q: I have a co-PI/Collaborator on my project. Should I have them write a letter of collaboration?
A: You should list them on your LOI and if your LOI is selected for a full application ask them to write a letter of commitment and include their NIH-style biosketch.

Q: Can I include a manuscript that has not yet been accepted for publication?
A: No, you can only include it if it has been accepted for publication but has not yet been published. We will remove manuscripts from your application should they not meet this criteria, so please indicate where the manuscript has been accepted and the anticipated publication date.

Q: Do I need to include IRB/Animal Use Committee approval with my application?
A: No, but if your application is recommended for funding you must provide it prior to the start date of the award.

Q: Can my application be submitted a few days late? The official authorizing the proposal is in Tibet meeting the Dali Lama.
A: No, it has to be submitted with the page of original scanned or electronic signaturesby the deadline. We will not accept late submissions. Please plan accordingly.

Q: I was selected to submit a full application. Is it ok if my letters of reference come in after the deadline?
A: Yes. We prefer that the letters arrive by the deadline, but we will accept them up to two weeks after.

Q: I already have an award, how can I find out about reporting requirements/no-cost extensions/rebudget/other administrative issues?
A: Head on over to our administrative policies page.

Q: I see that ‘family care’ is allowed in the travel budget, what does that meant?

A: This expense allowance is aimed at removing travel-related barriers to the professional advancement of grantees. It is not intended for everyday caregiving services, but for those extraordinary expenses specifically related to grantee travel to essential scientific meetings. Costs for childcare, eldercare, or other dependent care, in excess of everyday caregiving costs, may be included when a grantee could otherwise not travel to a scientific meeting. The scientific meeting must be directly related to the research project supported by the AFAR grant.  This allowance is subject to the policies and administrative requirements of the grantee institution, including determination of taxable benefits and the interpretation of these guidelines relative to institutional practices.  Not all grantee institutions may be able to accommodate this expense allowance.

Examples of eligible expenses, not to exceed $2,000 per year, include:

• Caregiving services at a conference site while the grantee attends a scientific meeting;
• Travel expenses of a child/dependent to a conference site with a grantee who will be attending a scientific meeting;
• Travel expenses for a caregiver to accompany a child/dependent to a conference site with a grantee who will be attending a scientific meeting;
• Caregiving costs at home incurred while the grantee travels that are not part of the standard care received by the dependent, such as overnight care for a dependent when a grantee is a single parent.

Grantees seeking guidance about a particular expense should contact the appropriate person/department at their home institution.

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Junior Faculty Grant

Q: Is the total amount for the Glenn and AFAR Junior Faculty Grant $100,000 for one year and $200,000 for two years?
A: No, it’s $100,000 total over one or two years.

Q: I am not yet junior faculty, but I will be by the start date of the award-- am I still eligible to apply?
A: Yes, as long as you are junior faculty by July 1, 2020. This should be indicated on the Institutional Commitment form which must be submitted by your Department Chair or Dean.

MSTAR Program

Q: Is there a citizenship requirement for the MSTAR program?
A: Yes. The Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program requires that the applicant is a US citizen or permanent resident.

Q: Are MD/PhD students eligible?
A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to complete the MSTAR program in the summer between my first and second year of medical school?
A: While most applicants do complete the program between the first and second year of medical school, it is not required. It is only required that students have completed at least one year of medical school and that they are currently enrolled while participating in the program (i.e. they have not graduated). However, students are encouraged to conduct the program during the summer as there are group activities that will not be available during other times of the year

Q: When is the deadline?
A: Confirm with each National Training Center directly, although the deadline is typically in late January.

Q: I received the MSTAR last year. Will I receive a W-2 or some type of tax document to use when I file my taxes?
A: We do not provide any documentation for tax filing. You should check with the IRS or your tax-preparer to determine the best way to declare the scholarship.