If you are in your third or fourth year of your PhD program, and you are interested in gaining skills in aging and geriatric research and transitioning into that research area following graduate school, you may be interested in the Transition to Aging Research Award for Predoctoral Students (F99/K00), offered by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
According to NIA, this award is designed to help outstanding graduate students receive aging-related postdoctoral training, with the overall purpose of increasing, retaining, and diversifying the pool of students and early-career scientists in aging and geriatric research. The award helps cover six years of graduate and postdoctoral training.
The award is complex, containing two phases; the F99 phase of the award provides two years of support to PhD students to complete their dissertation research. Next, the K00 phase represents the transition into a mentored, aging-focused postdoctoral phase lasting for four years. Awardees are then encouraged to apply to NIH for future career development awards to further their research funding and careers.
Applicants to this opportunity are required to identify a sponsor or team of sponsors who will supervise the first portion of the award. Applicants are also encouraged to consider who will mentor the second, postdoctoral phase of the award.
Applications are due October 22, 2019; NIA intends to offer 7-10 awards in 2020.
As always, APS encourages interested students to read the program announcement carefully and consult with an NIH program officer before beginning the application process.