Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:
June 23, 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-18-004 - Resource Centers for Minority Aging (RCMAR) Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
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)
NOT-AG-22-023 - Notice of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements for Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs) and AD/ADRD RCMARs (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)

Issued by

National Institute on Aging (NIA)


This Notice informs the research community that the National Institute on Aging (NIA) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the development and maintenance of a coordinating center (CC) for the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program through a cooperative agreement with NIA.

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, individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, 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 Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (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.

Applicants are expected to be familiar with the structure, functioning, and activities of the RCMAR program, and to familiarize themselves with the companion FOAs, but need not be a part of an active RCMAR Center. To learn more about the RCMAR program, please visit NIA’s RCMAR webpage.

This FOA and the companion FOAs for the RCMAR and AD/ADRD RCMAR Centers (see NOT-AG-22-023) are expected to be published in Summer 2022 with an application due date in Fall 2022.

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

This FOA will utilize the Resource-Related Research Projects Cooperative Agreements (U24) activity code.

Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The primary responsibilities of the RCMAR CC will be to:

  • Coordinate and provide logistical support to RCMAR Centers;
  • Facilitate cooperation and collaboration across RCMAR Centers;
  • Administer and oversee a small pilot study program;
  • Create and maintain an interactive RCMAR CC website;
  • Identify and share research and training resources and materials with RCMAR Centers, other NIA and NIH center programs, and the broader aging research community and public;
  • Provide support, technical assistance, and resources to early career investigators;
  • Support and streamline the routine collection, management, and sharing of RCMAR-related information and data; and
  • Complete an annual program evaluation and assessment of the RCMAR program.

The CC will also develop and implement strategies to enhance the visibility of the RCMAR program and behavioral and social research on aging and AD/ADRD as a whole, and to communicate the importance and value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the aging and AD/ADRD research enterprise.

The RCMAR CC will be expected to have:

  • A proven track record of adaptive, effective, and resourceful leadership;
  • A demonstrated commitment to DEIA;
  • Scientific expertise in behavioral and social science research related to aging and/or health disparities in older adults, including behavioral and social research on AD/ADRD;
  • Expertise and experience in working cooperatively with internal and external stakeholders and in program evaluation and data management; and
  • Technical skills and experience in website design and development through the lens of DEIA, and in relational database design and development.
Funding Information


Estimated Total Funding

For the Coordinating Center FOA, NIA intends to commit approximately $800,000 in total costs in fiscal year 2023.

Expected Number of Awards

NIA intends to fund 1 Coordinating Center.

Estimated Award Ceiling

The budget should be consistent with the work proposed, but it must not exceed $800,000 in total costs per year.

Primary Assistance Listing Number(s)


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
The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education: Hispanic-serving Institutions Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Melissa S. Gerald, Ph.D.

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