Research and Funding

Division of Extramural Activities

On these pages are descriptions of the NIA Training and Career development activities, as well as the many Research Grant Mechanisms, including programs for Small Businesses. Find out about the process of getting an NIH grant. You can also learn about Scientific Review at NIA and whether your application will be assigned to NIA for review or to the Center for Scientific Review. Also you may learn about NIA policies that apply to our grant activities and find links to sites that address applicable NIH policies.

December 2014 Update: NIH (including NIA) is currently supported under a continuing resolution that expires on December 11. Some uncertainty remains about both our final budget for FY2015 and the number and cost of applications obtaining competitive scores in FY2015 – following the change in policy announced in April 2014 that allows subsequent applications to be submitted on a topic similar to previously unfunded submissions.

Early Stage & New Investigators

When submitting a R01 application, first evaluate whether you are a New Investigator (NI) or Early Stage Investigator (ESI) according to the NIH Early Stage and New Investigators Policies.

Read more about NIA opportunities for Early Career Investigators »

Scientific Review

The Scientific Review Branch (SRB) is responsible for the initial peer review of specific research applications assigned to NIA. These include contract proposals; applications for Centers, program projects, scientific meetings, and training and career development; and applications responding to requests for applications published by NIA.

Opportunities for Special Populations

Programs to diversify the research workforce:

Funding Opportunities

Research Support

Mechanisms supporting research on the aging processes, age-related diseases, and special problems and needs of older people at the postdoctoral, midcareer, and senior investigator levels. Tables providing NIA’s research projects, research centers, and other research-related awards are listed. Guidelines for Program Projects (P01) also are available.

Small Business Opportunities

NIA's SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs support small businesses and nonprofit research organizations that conduct research leading to the development of products and services that improve the health and well-being of older Americans. Learn More »