The average age of first-time R01 funded investigators who have PhDs remains 42 even after seven years of policies at NIH to increase the numbers of new and early-stage investigators.  And, over the same interval, age has continued to increase for first-time R01-funded MDs and MD-PhDs, despite the policies we have in place. What is going on?


I want to share with you part of a recent discussion I had with the Friends of the NIA about the importance of public-private partnerships in aging research.


Heart disease and multimorbidity information available online

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the U.S., but it doesn’t occur in isolation. A new website—http://www.accagsniamultimorbidityworkshop.com—now provides the latest information on how to address the complex issues involved in caring for older adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and multiple coexisting conditions (MCCs).

How do I write a grant application that will get funded?


Following every meeting of the National Advisory Council on Aging, we set about the task of fundi


The deadline is fast approaching for the 2015 Butler-Williams Scholars Program, NIA’s premier aging research training program. Apply by March 27, 2015, and encourage your contacts and friends to do the same.


There are a handful of run-of-the-mill ‘R’ grants offered by the NIH that are familiar to most investigators: everyone knows the R01. Ever heard of the R34? Not one of those that most people know. The R34 is a “planning grant.”


Blog post - supporting aging research in challenging times

Cartoon of four people in conversation.

This is an extremely difficult time in aging research. Dr. Richard J. Hodes, NIA director, describes some of the challenges that lie ahead, as well as what the next fiscal year will bring. “While the scientific and fiscal challenges are very real, it is still an exciting time to be in aging and Alzheimer’s research,” writes Dr. Hodes.

NIA seeks director for Division of Neuroscience

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director, Division of Neuroscience (DN).

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