Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging (P30)

Notice Number: NOT-AG-14-014

Key Dates
Release Date: March 27, 2014
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: July 2014
First Estimated Application Due Date: October 28, 2014
Earliest Estimated Award Date: May 2015
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 2015

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Issued by
National Institute on Aging (NIA)


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit competitive applications for Centers, known as Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging. These Center grants will provide funding for leadership and training activities in the research areas supported by the Division of Aging Biology of the NIA ( ). They are intended for institutions that can demonstrate a substantial current investment in - and commitment to - research on the basic biology of aging. These grants are not intended to directly support the research of the Program Director/Principal Investigator or the Core Directors, and are not intended to support clinical research or clinical trials.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. 

The FOA is expected to be published in July 2014 with an expected application due date in November 2014.

This FOA will utilize the P30 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice informs teams of investigators with expertise and insights into the main foci of interest in basic biology of aging, of the NIA's intent to publish a FOA to continue support for Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging. The focus will remain on basic biology of aging (excluding neurobiology).

As in previous publications of this FOA, applicant institutions will be required to show substantial current investment in and commitment to the field of basic biology of aging supported by the Division of Aging Biology of the NIA, either in the home institution or, in the case of multiple PDs/PIs, among the various institutions involved.

Major new expectations for this renewal will include: 1) a quantifiable and verifiable plan for serving the community at large, beyond the home institution(s), including collaborative projects with new investigators; 2) development of innovative cores that are uniquely needed for the field of aging biology, rather than expansion of cores already in place at the applicant institution(s); 3) a verifiable plan to effectively publicize or advertise the activities of the Center to the larger community, so as to encourage collaborations; 4) involvement in conceptual leadership in terms of a plan to identify and promote promising areas of research and address controversial subjects; 5) agreement to coordinate a joint conference every 2 years among all Centers, likely in conjunction with NIA staff.

Together, these instructions will necessitate that proposals be rather specific and focused in specialized areas. The reviewers will be instructed about these new expectations.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Felipe Sierra, Ph. D.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Telephone: 301-451-4515