Research Grants, Awards, and Training Programs

Research Training

Advanced Research Institute: is accepting applications until November 17, 2017. ARI is a national program designed to help junior faculty and other early-stage investigators in geriatric mental health transition into independent scientists (i.e., R01-level funding). Supported by an NIMH grant to Dartmouth College (R25 MH068502; PI: M Bruce), the two-year program matches participants with an external mentor, supports an annual retreat, and offers other career development resources. For more information and to apply visit

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program: To encourage medical students - particularly budding researchers - to consider a career in academic geriatrics, this program awards short-term scholarships. AFAR has partnered with the NIA and several foundations to continue and strengthen the original Hartford/AFAR Medical Student Geriatric Scholars Program. Information available at

Summer Research Institute. The Summer Research Institute (SRI) is a career development program for postdoctoral fellows and other early-stage investigators in geriatric mental health. The program's focus is translational, interventions, or services research. Supported by an NIMH grant to Weill Cornell (R25 MH0199 46; PI: M. Bruce), SRI sponsors an annual 5-day research institute that combines educational seminars with one-on-one and group mentoring. Learn more at

Research Grants is the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grant Opportunities:

Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program

Since 1995, the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program (formerly the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Program) has supported 162 Beeson Scholars from 42 of the nation's top medical schools and research institutions. Today, the Beeson program continues to foster the independent research careers of clinically trained investigators - a growing cadre of talented physician-scientists - whose research and leadership are enhancing the health and quality of life of Americans, particularly older people. 

Beginning September 27, applications will be accepted for the Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), working in part with funds contributed by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and The American Federation for Aging Research, are providing this initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging. Within the field of aging research the small numbers of individuals receiving training in geriatrics, and the smaller numbers pursuing research on aging remain inadequate to address the burgeoning needs of the rapidly growing older population. Applications are due October 27, 2011. Learn more at:

AAGP Research Awards

Learn more about AAGP's awards.