Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements for Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs) and AD/ADRD RCMARs (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
Notice Number:
NOT-AG-22-023

Key Dates

Release Date:
June 24, 2022
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
July 25, 2022
First Estimated Application Due Date:
October 17, 2022
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
July 01, 2023
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
July 30, 2023
Related Announcements

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)

Issued by

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Purpose

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.

Research Initiative Details

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).

Funding Information

TBD

Estimated Total Funding

For the RFA-AG-18-002 reissue, NIA intends to commit approximately $6.4 million in fiscal year 2023.

For the RFA-AG-18-003 reissue, NIA intends to commit approximately $4 million in fiscal year 2023.

Expected Number of Awards

For the RFA-AG-18-002 reissue: 7 to 9 awards

For the RFA-AG-18-003 reissue: 5 to 8 awards

Estimated Award Ceiling

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.

Primary Assistance Listing Number(s)

93.866

Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entity (Foreign Organization)
Regional Organization
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Melissa Gerald, Ph.D.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR)

301-496-3136