Apply now: Longevity and Healthy Aging Pilot Award Grants 2024

Apply now: Longevity and Healthy Aging Pilot Award Grants 2024 - 

Longevity & Healthy Aging Research Consortium

Applications are being accepted for one-year pilot project awards of up to $50,000 for the project period 7/1/2024–6/30/2025.
Phase 1 Application Due Date: January 12, 2024. 

The application link is:

Who should apply to the L.E.A.R.N. consortium's pilot award grant?

Ideal applicants are a diverse cohort of early career faculty members with appointments at any of the seven schools on the Stanford campus, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto University, and any academic or research non-profit institution in the United States and its outlying territories.

Applicants must have a terminal degree (e.g., MD, PhD, MD/PhD) and wish to incorporate some aspect of behavioral and social science into their proposed project on longevity and healthy aging 

Why should I apply? How does this pilot award help me?

  1. To apply, you need to submit a one-page NIH-style Specific Aims via the link above. If invited to submit, the final proposal Research Strategy is only 3 pages.
  2. The proposals of the three selected finalists will be sent to NIA for approval. Once approved, the NIH will issue the pilot award in your name as the PI.
  3. You have an opportunity to join the brilliant group of past awardees ( Most of our past awardees have secured other prestigious intramural and extramural grant support.
  4. Awardees will be distinguished by NIA/NIH as “RCMAR Scientists” and be invited by the National Institute on Aging to exclusive conferences and training opportunities.
  5. Awardees receive research and career mentoring during the funding period. 
  6. The L.E.A.R.N. Program Director will work with the awardees to identify mentors who can help with the implementation of the pilot project and in career advancement. 
  7. Awardees will have the opportunity to interact with faculty across the L.E.A.R.N. Consortium to enhance their skills and knowledge related to aging and disparities research using emerging methodologies.
  8. Awardees will receive mentoring and be able to participate in research training on issues about minorities and disparities research, aging research, grant writing, and participate in monthly world-in-progress sessions and opportunities provided by the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Funding Details

Each award is up to $50,000 total cost. The funding period is for 1 year (7/1/2024–6/30/2025). We encourage applicants to budget funds for travel to the annual Gerontological Society of America annual meeting.

Focus of Pilot Projects

All projects must:

  1. Include a focus on longevity, equity, and healthy aging research.
  2. Use innovative methodologies, such as machine learning approaches, precision medicine, virtual reality, digital interventions, and wearables in the field of longevity, equity, and healthy aging research.
  3. Include at least one Specific Aim that focuses on socio-cultural and bio-behavioral research. The L.E.A.R.N. leadership will help you with constructing this component (please contact us to discuss before submitting a Phase 1 application).

Note: Animal studies or aging biology studies are outside the scope of this pilot award program


All details here:

We strongly encourage potential applicants to reach out to either Jessica Moon, Ph.D. ( and/or VJ Periyakoil, MD ( to discuss the alignment of the proposed research project with the mission of the L.E.A.R.N. Consortium BEFORE submitting a Phase 1 application.