RFA-AG-18-002 - Alzheimer's-related Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) (P30)
RFA-AG-18-003 - Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (P30)
RFA-AG-18-004 - Resource Centers for Minority Aging (RCMAR) Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
NOT-AG-22-024 - Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
This Notice informs the research community that the National Institute on Aging (NIA) intends to reissue two Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for new and renewal applications proposing: 1) Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Centers that focus on behavioral and social science research in a key area related to aging and/or to health disparities in older adults [RFA-AG-18-003 - Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (P30)]; and 2) AD/ADRD RCMAR Centers that focus on research related to Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD) in a selected area of behavioral and social science [RFA-AG-18-002 - Alzheimer's-related Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) (P30)].
The two-fold goal of the RCMAR program is: 1) to diversify the research workforce in priority areas of social, behavioral, psychological, and economic research on aging by mentoring promising scientists from diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women (see Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity, NOT-OD-20-031); and 2) to develop a research and mentoring infrastructure to foster rigorous behavioral and social science research on aging or AD/ADRD in high priority research areas, that can advance aging- or AD/ADRD-relevant scientific discoveries, lead to the elimination of health disparities and health inequities, and improve the health and well-being of older adults who are members of NIA’s Priority Populations, as specified in the NIA Health Disparities Research Framework.
This Notice encourages applications supporting investigators with scientific expertise in behavioral and social science research related to aging and/or to health disparities in older adults, including behavioral and social research on AD/ADRD; the ability to coordinate, integrate, and provide guidance in the establishment of programs in key scientific areas related to aging or AD/ADRD and to exercise effective scientific judgment and leadership; extensive experience in successfully mentoring early career investigators from diverse backgrounds for independent research careers; and a history of a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA).
To learn more about the RCMAR program, please visit NIA’s RCMAR webpage.
These FOAs and the companion FOA for the RCMAR Coordinating Center (see NOT-AG-22-024) are expected to be published in July 2022 with an application due date in October 2022.
This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.
These FOAs will utilize the Center Core Grants – Research Program Projects and Centers (P30) funding activity code.
Details of the planned FOA are provided below.
Changes in the forthcoming FOAs include new and revised scientific and program priorities for the purpose of broadening and strengthening the overall reach of the RCMAR program. NIA is particularly interested in supporting new and established RCMARs and AD/ADRD RCMARs that: 1) aim to foster longstanding mentorship relationships with scientists in the parent and affiliated institutions; 2) show evidence of a commitment and investment in a diverse and inclusive workforce of skilled mentors; and 3) include Multiple Principal Investigators (MPIs), Core Leads, mentors, and scientists from multiple local institutions, particularly, from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and institutions historically committed to, or that have a demonstrated track record of, training Hispanic students or other students from underrepresented minority groups.”
In addition, NIA endeavors to support Centers with intentional and holistic approaches that integrate and advance DEIA practices, which are of critical importance to attract, develop, and retain a diverse scientific community conducting behavioral and social research on both aging and health disparities, and to support the cultivation of future research leaders in aging research in the behavioral and social sciences. New strategies and infrastructure are also needed to support and foster the inclusion of scientists and mentors from HBCUs, TCUs, and institutions historically committed to, or that have a demonstrated track record of, training Hispanic students or other students from underrepresented minority groups.
RCMARs will be required to include, at a minimum, three required Core components, a/an: Leadership and Administrative Core (LAC), Research Education Component (REC), and Analysis Core (AnC). Applicants are also encouraged, but not required to propose a Community Liaison and Recruitment Core (CLRC).
For the RFA-AG-18-002 reissue, application budgets are limited to $500,000 in annual direct costs, excluding facilities and administrative (F&A) costs.
For the RFA-AG-18-003 reissue, application budgets are limited to $500,000 in annual direct costs, excludingfacilities and administrative (F&A) costs.
Applications are not being solicited at this time.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Melissa Gerald, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR)