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Launched in 2007, The Pilot Seed Grant program supports innovative, high-risk, multi-disciplinary research in aging including basic and translational research leading to innovations in health care for older adults.
The program was developed to encourage junior faculty researchers to explore new areas of research in aging that have a potential for further funding from extramural funding sources.
Seed grant awardee Dr. Edward A. Burton is featured in this story from Time.com.
Call for Letters of Intent
Theme for 2017: From Molecules to Man - The Sciences of Aging and Rehabilitation of Age-Associated Disabilities
Due October 14, 2016
For the FY2017 Seed Grant program, we are thrilled to collaborate with the entities above to support novel and new research directions within this year’s theme of Aging and Rehabilitation of Age-Associated Disabilities. This multidisciplinary pilot program seeks to fund innovative, transdisciplinary and translational projects in aging that can lead to new lines of research with independent funding.
Submissions of projects within this theme are encouraged from investigators ranging from the basic, social, and applied sciences throughout the schools of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.
The number of adults aged 65 years and older, as well as the number of individuals living with disabilities is expected to increase significantly over the coming generations, yet many research gaps remain. The theme of Aging and Rehabilitation of Age-Associated Disabilities broadly encompasses the extension of the health span to stave off decline in function as a person ages, and investigation into the aging process in individuals with disabilities to promote and maintain health and function.
This program is funded to support multidisciplinary, innovative research in this important area and is intended to draw from the full spectrum of disciplines within the health sciences, from basic biology, rehabilitation effectiveness, clinical and translational approaches, epidemiological, psychosocial, health policy and health services research.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Deadline for Letter of Intent: October 14, 2016
Final Notice of Award: Spring 2017
Only proposals that fall within the theme of Aging and Rehabilitation of Age-Associated Disabilities will be considered for full proposal. All proposals must include multidisciplinary collaborations.
Focus areas include, but are not limited to:
Each award will be for the period of up to two years.
Funds are for direct costs of the project only and are restricted to use for supplies and technical support only. No funds may be used for investigator, research associate, or postdoctoral associate effort.
The total amount available this year is up to $300,000.
Type I Awards - up to $75,000
Type II Awards - up to $10,000
Anticipated start date: July 1, 2017
The Letter of Intent should include the following:
The results of your Letter of Intent: Each Letter of Intent will be reviewed by a committee for responsiveness and potential impact. Letters of Intent, submitted as one electronic file, are due to Taafoi Kamara at email@example.com by October 14, 2016.
Only proposals that fall within the theme of Aging and Rehabilitation of Age-Associated Disabilities will be considered for full proposals. Selected candidates will be contacted by November 14, 2016 and asked to submit a full proposal (if invited) by February 14, 2017.
Final awardees will be notified in spring 2017.
The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent is October 14, 2016.
Submissions are due to Taafoi Kamara, submitted as one electronic file at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky Clarkson, PhD
Researchers will study the causes and triggers of urge urinary incontinence by recreating situations during urodynamic studies of the bladder and urethra.
Patricia L. Opresko, PhD and Bennett Van Houten, PhD
In this study, researchers will explore the link between telomere and mitochondria mechanisms and how damage to each contributes to organ decline and disease with aging.
Mijung Park, PhD, MPH, RN
Researchers will conduct personal interviews with a diverse group of older adults with depression, family caregivers, and providers to examine how families can be included in a collaborative depression care program for those with complex health care needs.
Patrick Sparto, PhD, PT and Susan Greenspan, MD
Investigators will use portable, novel, and state-of-the-art equipment, including a gait analysis app developed for the iPhone (iGait), to measure strength, muscle mass, cognition, and sway of 20 residents of a long-term care facility. That information in addition to a standard assessment of cognition, function and falls will be used to demonstrate the feasibility of conducting assessments in LTC facilities.
Carolyn T. Thorpe, PhD, MPH
In this study, researchers will examine the decision-making process for treatment of older patients with both Type 2 diabetes and dementia to better understand barriers to controlling blood sugar levels.