Pepper Center Funding Announcement

Tideswell at UCSF is collaborating with the UCSF Pepper Center to release a funding announcement for $30k Career Development and Pilot Project Awards.  Proposals are due Monday, May 1st, 2017.

Call for Proposals: Career Development and Pilot Project Awards
UCSF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (Pepper Center)

The UCSF Pepper Center is a NIA funded program that supports research that improves the quality of life and outcomes of older persons at risk for, or currently suffering from, disability.

By disability, we mean the physical impairments that lead to loss of independence in older age. These impairments are generally defined by the loss of the ability to do activities of daily living (e.g.: bathing, dressing, transferring, toileting, eating, managing medicines and finances), mobility deficits, and syndromes such as falls and incontinence.

Research that improves the quality of life of older persons can either be focused on the prevention of disability, elucidation of risk factors, or improving the quality of life of those who are disabled.

Our Pepper Center focuses on clinical and outcomes research. We have a particular interest in vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations are those that are at increased risk because of adverse medical circumstances (e.g.: multiple comorbid illnesses, cognitive impairment, nursing home residence) or adverse social and economic circumstances (e.g.: poverty, homelessness, social isolation).

We are offering both junior career development awards and pilot project awards in this cycle. For both of these mechanisms, fit with our center’s mission and relevance to an aging population are crucial components of our review.

We are often asked what defines relevance to an aging population and is aligned with our Center’s mission. We are looking for projects that actively consider at least one crucial aspect of Geriatric clinical science, such as the following:

  • Research that considers the impact of multimorbidity (e.g.: how the presence of one or more diseases or conditions affects the disease of interest)
  • Research that considers outcomes and predictors of particular relevance to Geriatric populations (e.g.: ADL and IADL disability, geriatric syndromes such as delirium, falls, and incontinence, and cognitive impairment)
  • Research that considers settings of particular relevance to geriatrics or care across settings (e.g.: research in nursing homes or home care, transitions between home, nursing homes, and hospitals)
  • Research that considers the role of informal (family) and formal (paid) caregivers
  • Research that integrates principles of palliative medicine into the care of older adults (This includes but is not limited to end of life research. We are also interested in research that considers symptom burden and quality of life throughout the progression of chronic disease.)

It is important to recognize that simply studying a disease or condition that is common in older persons does not make a proposal synergistic with our Center’s geriatric focus, as the vast majority of diseases are more common in older populations. Similarly, a study population that is older does not by itself create synergy with our focus.

In select circumstances, research that does not focus on populations of advanced age can be relevant, if it informs our theme of geriatric disability. For example, we have previously supported research that examines the early development of geriatric conditions in high risk populations such as the homeless and those with HIV.

We welcome pre-submission inquiries about the relevance of your idea.

Proposals are due Monday, May 1st, 2017.  Please submit proposals or questions to Caroline.Sou@ucsf.edu.

Research Career Development Awards

Maximum Budget: $30,000 for one year.  Award dates are 7/1/17 – 6/30/18.

Appropriate Candidates:
This opportunity is for early career faculty who will soon be applying for K awards. (The typical applicant will be in their first few years of faculty appointment; faculty appointment by July 1, 2017 is required). We are open to candidates across a wide range of fields. However, regardless of your field, we will want to see how you will incorporate geriatric science into your current and future work.

Application requirements:

  1. NIH biosketch: Your biosketch should include an extended personal statement that details your background and training, your career goals, and a clear explanation of how this award will lead to a successful K application. Note that this statement includes much of the material traditionally included in the candidate section of many career development applications.
  2. NIH biosketch of mentor: This biosketch should include an extended personal statement that describes your mentor’s commitment to you, their motivation for mentoring you, and their mentoring plans. Note that this statement includes much of the material traditionally included in a mentor letter for a career development application.
  3. Specific Aims (1 page)
  4. Career development plan (1 page): Succinctly outline any career development activities you plan for the year, including developing your knowledge of geriatric or gerontologic science.
  5. Research Plan: Significance, innovation, and methods (4 pages)
  6. Budget and budget justification (NIH allowable expenses only)

Pilot Project Awards

Maximum Budget: $30,000 for one year.  Award dates are 7/1/17 – 6/30/18.

Appropriate Candidates:
Any UCSF faculty member (applicants must have a UCSF faculty appointment by July 1, 2017). We are open to applicants both with or without a background in geriatric or gerontologic research. We are most eager to consider applicants who will newly incorporate aspects of geriatric inquiry into their research platforms. In either case, we are looking to support research that will lead to a R01.

Application requirements:

  1. NIH biosketch: Include an extended personal statement that either describes your prior background in gerontologic science, or a description of how this pilot will help you incorporate gerontologic science.
  2. Specific Aims (1 page)
  3. Research Plan: Significance, innovation, and methods (4 pages). Be sure to be clear as to how this pilot will lead to R01 or equivalent funding.
  4. Budget and budget justification (NIH allowable expenses only)

Proposals are due Monday, May 1st, 2017.

Please submit proposals or questions to Caroline.Sou@ucsf.edu.