Announcements

  • November 14, 2013

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is currently recruiting for a Senior Public Health Advisor position.

    ABOUT THE NIA: The NIA conducts, fosters, and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research and training pertaining to the aging processes and common problems of older people through: (1) research performed in its own laboratories and through contracts; (2) a program of research grants and individual and institutional research training awards; (3) cooperation and collaboration with other Departmental agencies, voluntary organizations, and other institutions; and (4) collection and dissemination of the findings of aging research and studies, and other information about the process of aging. For more information about NIA, please visit our website at www.nia.nih.gov.

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Advise the NIA Director, Deputy Director, and senior leadership staff about congressional relations, legislative policy, international activities; including opportunities and potential vulnerabilities for the NIA programs;
    • Analyze, evaluate, and report data in response to special requests from DHHS, NIH, and Congress;
    • Prepare and/or coordinator testimony, in cooperation with NIA scientific staff, for delivery by NIA officials and coordinate and/or prepare other materials in response to congressional inquiries;
    • Serve as an expert and consultant on legislative matters and as a contact for the Institute;
    • Supervise and direct the congressional correspondence function;
    • Prepare presentations and speeches for NIA/NIH officials on legislative policies and aging-related topics;
    • Coordinate meetings in response to requests from congressional staff, members of Congress and representatives of outside organizations;
    • Serve as NIA Liaison to organizations outside of the NIA and NIH, including the General Accounting Office, Congressional Research Service, patient advocacy groups, professional organizations, and scientific organizations;
    • Coordinate the NIA’s international health and aging research activities;
    • Work with other NIH institutes who have ongoing research activities that relate to the goals and mission of the NIA; and
    • Review and analyze reports and proposals produced by other agencies that could effect the NIA and advice NIA leadership on potential policy matters.

    SALARY: GS-15 ($123,758- $155,500)

    LOCATION: Bethesda, MD (NIH Campus)

    QUALIFICATIONS: Specialized experience and a degree in public health or other field of study with course work directly related to the work of the position to be filled. Legislative experience is desirable but not required.

    HOW TO APPLY: Please send cover letters and CV to Ms. Jessica Schwartz at schwartzj@mail.nih.gov. Please contact Ms. Schwartz with questions or concerns at 301-402-7719.

    NIH and NIA are equal opportunity employers. People with disabilities may be eligible under the Schedule A hiring authority, and are encouraged to apply.

  • November 13, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.The National Institute on Aging, like the rest of the NIH, faces a downturn in support for scientific research. In a new blog post, NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes explains how the sequester and the government shutdown have changed operations, "We have been scrambling to reschedule review meetings and to keep scientists and critical research activities from experiencing gaps in funding that could shut-down labs, layoff lab staff, and end productive projects." Dr. Hodes describes the creativity and dedication of NIH staff, the research community, and aging and research organizations in the face of these challenges.

    Read the full blog post: Moving research forward: creativity amid constraints.

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • November 6, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.The National Advisory Council on Aging meets three times a year to consider grant applications and programs and make recommendations. Materials for the meetings contain critical information about research priorities and future directions for the National Institute on Aging, including outlook for funding in future years, new areas of research, and new kinds of grants.

    Dr. Robin Barr, director of NIA's Division of Extramural Activities, explains how to access this information in a new blog post, How to find the best parts of our Council minutes.

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • October 30, 2013

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    The National Institute on Aging just wrapped up fiscal year 2013. In this new blog post, Dr. Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities summarizes our funding strategy for 2013 and the outlook for 2014. "We want to get the most benefit from every dollar invested," he writes, "And that means identifying and implementing even more efficient spending and cost cutting."

    Read the full blog post: Was fiscal year 2013 our unlucky number?

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • October 23, 2013

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    The NIA, like the rest of the NIH, is working to get back to normal after the 16-day government shutdown.

    Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities describes grants policy and guidance changes in a new blog post, Ripple effects: getting research funding restarted. "The grant application and review process has been greatly affected by the shutdown," she explains. "We want to thank all of you for your patience and support during this period."

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • October 21, 2013

    Dr. Carl V. Hill, P h D, M P HTo lead efforts addressing health disparities in biomedical research and its workforce, the National Institute on Aging is pleased to welcome Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., M.P.H. Hill joins NIA as the new Director of the Office of Special Populations. In this position he will help facilitate studies focused on health disparities; facilitate the development of initiatives to enhance NIA’s research and training efforts targeting underrepresented groups, including minorities and women; and provide advice and guidance to senior staff on health research related to special populations.

    “Dr. Hill’s experience and innovative ideas for addressing health disparities will enrich NIA’s existing initiatives, as well as generate new ideas and approaches,” said Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director of NIA. “Reducing health disparities is a top priority for the Institute, even more so as the aging population becomes larger and more diverse.”

    The demographics of aging are changing dramatically, according to the most recent federal report, “Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of Well-Being.” In 2010, non-Hispanic whites accounted for 80 percent of the U.S. older population; projections for 2050 indicate that the composition of the older population will be 58 percent non-Hispanic whites, with increasing proportions of Hispanic, Black and Asian older Americans.

    Hill comes to NIA from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where he was a Contract Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) with the National Children’s Study after serving as Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) for the Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) in the NICHD Division of Special Populations. Before NICHD, Hill was an HSA with the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (now the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities). He is the current chair of the trans-NIH Special Populations Research Forum and member of the NIH Diversity Council.

    “The science of considering populations that are disproportionately affected by various health outcomes is critical for protecting public health. Research suggests that what we experience in early life and through adulthood can significantly influence our ability to thrive as seniors. With my previous experience at NIMHD and child health and now at the aging institute, I’m excited for the opportunity to address health disparities across the lifespan,” said Hill. “I especially look forward to working with the amazing community of scientists at NIA to continue this work.”

    Hill was a member of the inaugural class of the Master of Public Health program at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He later joined the charter class of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS), where he worked on the CDC's 1997 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), helped to establish the Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University, and implemented a local version of the YRBS in Harris County, Texas. Upon completing the PHPS program, Hill was a research fellow at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and joined the W.K. Kellogg Doctoral Fellowship Program in Health Policy at Michigan. He completed his dissertation research on the influence of ethnicity, stress, and coping on black men's health at the Michigan’s Institute of Social Research Program for Research on Black Americans. Most recently, Hill has teamed with extramural investigators at Morgan State and Central Florida Universities to publish a public health and health disparities approach to crime and violence.

    “Dr. Hill’s career demonstrates a long dedication to supporting the health needs of our most vulnerable populations. We are thrilled to have him be part of the NIA team and join us in helping to improve the health of all older Americans,” said NIA Deputy Director, Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

  • September 18, 2013

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    Read Rebecca Ferrell's new blog post on key NIH terms and phrases that every grant applicant should know: Misused and misunderstood terms: NIH is a foreign language.

    Rebecca is a Scientific Review Officer in NIA's Scientific Review Branch, part of the Division of Extramural Activities. She explains that knowing the language does come in handy when you are trying to navigate the NIH organization and its culture.

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • September 11, 2013

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    For the past few years, the NIA has been trying to increase the number of R21 grant applications and awards. The R21 is an NIH-wide grant program “intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages…” Robin Barr, Director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities, explains why we are so eager to support these awards in a new blog post: Why support R21 awards?

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • September 30, 2013

    Richard J. HodesWelcome to this issue of Spotlight on Aging ResearchSOAR , our periodic update on NIA policies, programs, and events. This issue features a conversation with Dr. Neil Buckholtz, director of our Division of Neuroscience, along with articles on HIV and aging, research on multiple chronic conditions in older people, summaries of recent NIA-funded research, and updates on happenings at NIA.

    As we close out fiscal year 2013, I know that many of you have concerns and questions about budget and funding issues. Despite a constrained budget and the additional cuts imposed by the congressional sequester, we were able to hold our payline for R01s at the same level as in previous years. We did a little better with career development awards and fellowships, and even managed a respectable payline for small business grants. We continued to give priority to new and early-stage investigators, along with those grants requesting less than $500,000 in direct costs. We have been able, even in this environment, to continue to support important ongoing and new research.

    But over that time, our buying power has continued to erode. And the additional funding directed in the last two years specifically to Alzheimer’s research by the NIH, to help meet the research goals of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, is not guaranteed to happen again. Looking ahead in FY 2014, I cannot make any firm predictions or promises. We are still looking at continued, likely significant, sequester-related cuts.

    Please stay tuned on the NIA website, through our news updates and e-alerts, and, specifically, by following our research blog, for updates on funding and grants policies specific to NIA. If you are currently a grantee, don’t hesitate to get in touch with program staff, and if you are a prospective applicant, Robin Barr and his team at the Division of Extramural Activities will provide whatever information and guidance they can. As soon as news becomes available, we will share it with you.

    Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
    Director
    National Institute on Aging, NIH

  • September 25, 2013

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    If you are publishing an article in a scientific journal, the NIA communications team may partner with you to raise awareness of your study findings.

    Vicky Cahan, Director of the NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison, describes the importance of informing the American public about research discoveries funded by tax dollars. Her new blog post is up now: What's the story? Letting the media know about your research.

    Not only does it make sense to report back to our investors, especially in times of restrained resources, but also, we’re required by law to do this. Did you know that the legislation that established the NIA mandates that we disseminate findings based on the research that we fund? So, please be in touch with us when you have a publication coming out.

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

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