Frequently Asked Questions: Inter-NIA Center Pilot Proposals on Behavioral Change to Benefit Older Adults

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Q. Do you need to be affiliated with the RCCN to submit an application?

A. Principal investigators must be affiliated with any of the 6 NIA Center programs as confirmed by letters from the directors of the relevant Center programs.

Q. How many NIA center programs need to be included in an application?

A. Proposals must include investigators from at least 2 different NIA Center programs. Proposals can be submitted by two or more Center Program investigators at the same institution or Center Program investigators at different institutions.

Q. Am I eligible to apply if I did not attend the workshop?

A. Yes, you are eligible to apply if you are affiliated with an NIA center program even if you did not attend this workshop. However, applications must be relevant to the Workshop Topic generally, and ideally address questions and priorities addressed at the workshop as outlined in the RFA. Materials will be made available from this workshop including slides, a summary, and recordings of the presentations. You can access these materials here.

Q. Are clinical trials eligible?

A. Yes, small clinical trials are eligible under this mechanism.

Q. Can a postdoc/early career investigator be PI on this application?

A. Principal Investigators should have a faculty appointment. Investigators who do not yet have a faculty appointment can be a Co-Investigator on the grant.

Application Guidelines

Q. What criteria will be used to evaluate the application?

A. The following criteria are used to determine the merit of an application:

  • Relevance of the proposed aims to the topic of the workshop;
  • The significance and innovation of the proposed research or planning project and likelihood that it will develop into new on-going inter-center research collaborations;
  • The feasibility of the proposed activities;
  • Productivity of the investigators;
  • Involvement of early career investigators;
  • Participation of women and minorities.

Application Procedures

Q. When is the deadline for submitting an application?

A. The deadline for receipt of all Applications is March 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Q. Who will be reviewing the applications?

A. The applications will be reviewed by the RCCN Steering Committee and independent reviewers selected by the American Federation for Aging Research.

Q. When will I be notified if I have received funding?

A. Applicants will be notified by April 30, 2019.

Q. What is the anticipated award start date?

A. The anticipated award start date is July 1, 2019.

Q. Will reviewer critiques be made available?

A. No. RCCN will not provide reviewer critiques to any applicants at any review level.

Q. Where can I submit further questions?

A. Questions regarding this RFA can be sent to: Elizabeth Pritchett-Montavon at A conference call to discuss the RFA will be held at January 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm ET. Please check the RCCN website for details.