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Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging distinguishes itself from other postdoctoral fellowship programs by providing full-time research training and flexible and portable grant support to senior postdoctoral fellows – those with at least 3 and not more than 6 years of prior postdoctoral training – providing leverage to negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research programs either at their own or other institutions. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the development of junior faculty members who have training and expertise in translational aging research as described below.
Translational research, in the broadest sense, is defined here as a systematic effort to convert basic research knowledge into practical applications to improve human health and well-being. This program will prioritize Type 1 translational aging research, i.e. research focused on basic aging discoveries that have a clearly articulated pathway towards clinical relevance to the health and well-being of older adults. These may include proof of concept studies or small scale studies related to new diagnostic, treatment or preventive modalities related to aging-relevant biology. Type 2 translational research, such as projects that are strictly clinical in nature, are not eligible. Studies should use one or more of the following models:
Programs using other types of models (i.e. yeast, invertebrates, etc.) will only be considered when there is a compelling justification that these studies may be directly relevant to human health and aging.
It is anticipated that up to 7 two-year fellowships of up to $120,000 will be awarded in 2018. The applicant’s salary/stipend must equal or exceed NIH pay scales for postdoctoral fellowships, appropriate to the level of training. Funds may also be requested for research supplies, equipment, health insurance, travel to scientific meetings, and additional research and educational training to build expertise in translational research. Overhead/indirect cost and tuition are not allowed.
If the awardee successfully transitions to a tenure-track (or tenure track equivalent at non-tenure track granting institutions) junior faculty position during the two-year period, the unpaid balance of the award may be transferred. Any equipment purchased during the fellowship with funds from the award must be transferable to the institution providing the faculty appointment. If the awardee successfully transitions within two years of completing the fellowship to a tenure-track (or tenure-track equivalent) junior faculty position, he/she may be eligible to receive an additional award of up to $30,000, to be used as start-up funds in the new position. If an awardee transitions to a faculty position within the two year award period, he/she is not eligible for the additional $30,000 award. AFAR alone will review and determine whether an obtained junior faculty position meets all requirements for transferal of funds and/or additional funding.