REAL Pilot Awards: REsearch Across the Lifespan
The Special Populations program of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is seeking applications for a new pilot funding opportunity, REAL (REsearch Across the Lifespan). This funding opportunity is designed to encourage new research addressing how biological processes, clinical problems, response to therapy, or other health-relevant phenomena change or evolve during the human lifespan. Research studies are often developed with one particular age group in mind. Data for other age groups may exist, but may not be considered by a research team used to focusing on one part of the lifespan. In addition, some life stages are commonly excluded from most research: examples include pregnancy, infancy, and aging.
This aim of this funding opportunity is to stimulate new research into biological and psychosocial mechanisms that change over the course of the human lifespan. Applications should address a focused scientific question with biologically plausible change across the lifespan. To be responsive to this opportunity, projects must include or compare two or more of the following groups: fetuses, infants, children, adolescents, young adults, middle-age adults, and older adults. Simply including multiple age groups or replicating findings in a different age group is not sufficient: Studies must specifically analyze the effects of development and aging in order to determine how underlying biological mechanisms change across life stages.
Because this funding opportunity is for pilot studies, applications should include an explicit discussion of how the intended aims can lead to larger studies in the future.
Examples of projects that would fit this opportunity include:
|September 15, 2017||Submissions due at 11:59 p.m.|
|October 23, 2017||Review process completed|
|January 1, 2018||Estimated start of funding|
Funds are available at the level of $25,000 over one year.