Cognitive Aging an Memory Pilot Grant Program

The Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory (CAM Center) announces two pilot research opportunities for individuals interested in developing extramural lines of research related to understanding and improving brain health and cognition in older adults. Specifically, proposals are sought in two areas: (1) cross-species translation of brain health and cognitive aging mechanisms and (2) interventions with promise for prevention or remediation of cognitive decline in older adults.  For the translational research initiative, research must span human subjects and animal models, and may include pathology, molecular biomarker or cognitive endpoints. Proposed intervention studies may include preclinical studies or proof-of-concept clinical trials.  Both existing CAM faculty and faculty members new to cognitive aging research are welcome to apply.  Preference will be given to early stage investigators and those who wish to develop new research programs in this area. Proposals that employ AI approaches and/or integration with peripheral aging are particularly encouraged.

Applications will be evaluated in a two-stage process. The first stage will involve a two-page written proposal which includes, a brief description of the aims, approach and NIH Biosketches for the research team. Finalists will then be invited to present to the CAM leadership for final selection. Up to two awards of up to $25,000 will be made, with an option for one-year renewal. All awardees will be expected to participate in CAM Center activities, complete an annual activity report, and submit an NIH research grant within eighteen months of the initial award.  Please submit the application materials as a single PDF to Katie McIntyre ( Application received prior to March 1, 2023 will be considered.