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UCLA Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Pilot Program Seeks Participation in OAIC Renewal Application

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The UCLA OAIC is soliciting applicants for Pilot Grants in basic, clinical and health services research within the UCLA OAIC theme: Inflammation, Aging, and Independence.  Selected pilot applications will be included in the OAIC competing renewal, which will be submitted in October 2017. If the UCLA OAIC competing renewal application is successful, OAIC and pilot funding would commence in July 2018.

Key Dates

  • July 31, 2017              Letter of Intent due
  • August 7, 2017.          Notification of applicants invited to participate in Phase two
  • August 28, 2017.        Full pilots due
  • September 5, 2017.    Notification of selected pilots
  • October 19, 2017.       Submission of OAIC renewal

Types of Pilots, Funding Levels and Project Durations

  • Basic science projects: These studies may be up to 1-year in duration and must conduct substantial new data collection, analysis, and manuscript write-up in animal models or other model systems. May request a maximum $40K over a one-year period.
  • Studies conducting analyses and running biomarkers on already collected human samples: These studies may be up to 1-year in duration and must include data analysis and manuscript write-up. May request a total of $40K over a one-year period.
  • Primary human subjects data collection: These studies may be up to 2 years in duration and are the highest funded category because data collection with human subjects is generally more time consuming and expensive than the other types of pilots described herein.  May request a maximum of $50K/year (maximum 2-year total $100K).

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Junior Investigators: The PI must be a UCLA junior faculty member or advanced trainee at the post-doctoral level (pre-doctoral students are not eligible) with an identified and committed UCLA faculty mentor (the mentor will be the PI of record and responsible for the project).
  • Senior Investigators:  The PI must be a UCLA senior faculty member who wishes to use this pilot funding to create a new area of emphasis in her/his work that is aging-related.

Award criteria: 

  • Proposed work must be responsive to the UCLA OAIC research theme (see next page).  Applications that are not directly responsive to the mission will not be reviewed.
  • Application must provide a robust rationale for the sample size (number of subjects, animals, or sample)
  • If the applicant is a junior investigator, the work must advance their independent research goals.
  • If the applicant is a senior investigator, the work must represent a new geriatrics focus to that investigators work.
  • Results must have high likelihood of resulting in preliminary data for a larger research grant application and/or first-authored publication.
  • The time-line and requested funding amount must be appropriate for the proposed work.

Center Theme:Inflammation, Aging, and Independence”. 

The UCLA OAIC will conduct basic science, observational, and interventional research on factors that contribute to increased inflammation in aging and its consequences. To be eligible for consideration, proposed pilots must:

  • focus on inflammation mechanisms that are affected by aging or diseases or disorders associated with aging that are mediated or influenced by inflammation
  • study inflammation in aged populations (animal or human). If pilot is basic science, then model system must be applicable to an aging population
  • affect clinical outcomes, including function, or have the potential to affect clinical outcomes that relate to independence of older Americans

Translational research is encouraged but not required.

For information on pilot application process please refer to the PDF file containing the full announcement.



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