Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunities

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Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research

(Formerly called the Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging)

The letter of intent deadline has passed for 2018. Please check back in late 2018 for updated application materials.

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.




The historical and continuing increase in human longevity brings with it a higher probability of multiple health problems, both chronic and acute.  However, there is growing scientific agreement that understanding how aging affects healthspan, and how that knowledge can be brought into practice, would benefit the overall well-being of an aging population. Significant breakthroughs in understanding and translating the basic biological processes underlying human aging that can lead to clinical interventions offer the most promising avenues to achieving prevention and amelioration of age-related diseases and conditions.

To pursue this new knowledge, talented investigators must be attracted to aging research. However, given the current funding climate, concerns about an adequate funding base for post-doctoral fellows exist and can be potentially detrimental to both the quantity and quality of research in the area. We need to continue to nurture the research base that will be necessary to enhance the healthspan of millions of older people. Serious gaps in biomedical and clinical research are placing the healthy aging and independence of older people at risk.

The Program

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, in partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), created the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research to encourage and further the careers of postdoctoral fellows, who are conducting research in the basic biology of aging, as well as translating advances in basic research from the laboratory to the clinic. The award is intended to provide significant research and training support to permit these postdoctoral fellows to become established in the field of aging.

The Glenn Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging as well as projects that have direct relevance to human aging if they show the potential to lead to clinically-relevant strategies that address human aging and healthspan. Projects investigating age-related diseases will be considered, if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders such as frailty will also be considered. Projects that are strictly clinical in nature such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible.

It is anticipated that up to 10 one-year grants will be awarded in 2018. The grant is $60,000, of which $52,000 (*see note below) is to be used for salary and the remainder to be used for allowable expenses (research supplies, equipment, health insurance, travel to scientific meetings where the Fellow is presenting his/her biology of aging research, and relevant research and educational training). (* The applicant’s salary/stipend must equal or exceed NIH pay scales for postdoctoral fellowships, appropriate to the level of training. Thus, if the NIH stipend guidelines for the corresponding level of experience exceed $52,000, additional award funds may be taken as salary to meet the NIH standard.)

Recipients of this award are expected to attend the AFAR Grantee Conference; funds will be withheld from the grant for this purpose. The goal of the meeting is to promote scientific and personal exchanges among recent AFAR grantees and experts in aging research.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a postdoctoral fellow (MD and/or PhD degree or equivalent) at the start date of the award (July 1, 2018).
  • The proposed research must be conducted at a qualified not-for-profit setting in the United States.
  • Individuals who are employees in the NIH Intramural program are not eligible.
  • Individuals who are currently receiving financial support at a Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research are not eligible.
  • Applicants who have received postdoctoral training beyond 5 years (before July 1, 2013) must provide a justification for the additional training period.
  • Fellows may not hold any concurrent not-for-profit or government funding for the same research project.

Former Glenn/AFAR postdoctoral fellowship awardees may apply if the criteria above are met. Applicants who submitted an LOI to the Diamond/AFAR postdoctoral award may also apply for the Glenn/AFAR postdoctoral fellowship but can only accept one if recommended for both awards.

Application Guidelines

The following criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:

  • Qualifications of the applicant
  • Quality of the proposed research
  • Proposed career development plan, and training opportunities for the applicant
  • Excellence of the research environment
  • Likelihood that the project will advance the applicant's career in aging research
  • Mentor's strength and qualifications to guide the applicant's research and career planning

If you are using animals in your research, please review Principles of Animal Use for Gerontological Research.

Application Procedures

The deadline for receipt of all Letters of Intent is January 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please refer to the Glenn/AFAR Letter of Intent. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All Letters of Intent must be emailed to The Letters of Intent will be reviewed by a committee. Applicants will be notified by by late March 2018, and a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application by mid May 2018. Final awards are announced by July 2018 and the award start date is July 1, 2018. AFAR will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.

For Glenn/AFAR Letter of Intent, click here.

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Reporting Requirements

Investigators will be required to submit narrative and financial reports within three months following the end date of the award.

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research

Founded by Paul F. Glenn in 1965, the mission of the Glenn Foundation For Medical Research is to extend the healthy years of life through research on mechanisms of biology that govern normal human aging and its related physiological decline, with the objective of translating research into interventions that will extend healthspan with lifespan.