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UIHC-CCOM Iowa Aging Initiative

A new and exciting Carver College of Medicine (CCOM) program to understand the biological underpinnings of aging and to potentially intervene in these processes is now underway.  A first step in the creation of this multi-disciplinary initiative is to support new, high impact aging research through the funding of pilot projects.  

The CCOM Aging Initiative Committee (AIC) announces an opportunity for physician and basic scientists with current NIH funding to apply for pilot projects.  Projects may involve starting a new study, gathering additional data for a grant related to aging that needs additional data to get it over the line, or extending research from an existing grant to branch into a new direction related to the science of aging.  

As a deliverable, awardees are required to submit a new NIH grant within 6 months of completion of the pilot project.  Principal Investigators will work with AIC members serving as internal reviewers to create the most compelling NIH application.  To assist in formulating a project that will be fundable, applicants are encouraged to review the program announcements and requests for applications from the National Institute of Aging and other relevant NIH institutes and centers (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/search). 


  • Projects taking one to two years to complete will be considered.
  • Awards will be up to $100,000/year, with funding of the second year contingent upon first year progress.
  • Awardees must report final progress to the AIC and agree to work with that committee to develop a new NIH grant within 6 months of completion of the pilot project.


  • The project must focus on an important topic related the biologic mechanisms of aging and/or identifying potential interventional targets for addressing aging and age-related diseases and conditions.
  • The application may be on a new subject, may add value to existing research by providing critical pilot data for an already reviewed grant proposal, or may extend funded research into a compelling new direction.
  • Basic, translational or clinical proposals are encouraged.
  • Applications must be from CCOM faculty members.
  • Applicants must have an active federal award for basic science (e.g., NIH/DOD/NSF) at the time of application. REVISED 1/27/2020
  • Participation of researchers outside of the field of aging is encouraged.  


  • Cover page that includes: Project title, Principal Investigator (and co-PI or significant contributor) contact information, and a non-confidential lay abstract highlighting the goal and importance of the project.
  • A two-page description of the project including significance, scientific goals, preliminary data, and the value added to the investigator’s research program.
  • Cite any NIH PA or RFA relevant to the proposed project.
  • A one-page description of the budget and a budget justification. Direct costs for research (e.g., research personnel, core usage, animal care, etc.) are allowed. Travel, tuition and faculty salary are not allowable. 
  • Investigator(s) NIH biosketch including current funding.
  • Submit applications electronically via InfoReady: https://uiowa.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1804032
  • Additional materials may be required after submission for review.


Aging Initiative pilot grants will be evaluated by the AIC based upon

  • Scientific impact and approach.
  • Potential for additional extramural funding.


  • Applications are due by 5 PM on Monday, February 17, 2020. Awards are expected to be announced by April 1, 2020.


Questions should be directed to Erin Brothers, Research Administrator, at erin-brothers@uiowa.edu.