Pilot Funding Available for Researchers of Alzheimer’s, Aging

Housed within the Schaeffer Center, three NIH-funded Centers have funding for one-year pilots available: the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (USC AD-RCMAR), USC Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CeASES-ADRD), and the Roybal Center for Behavioral Interventions in Aging (Roybal).

Pilot funding amounts range from $25,000 to up to $45,000. An informational session on the application process will be held over zoom on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. pacific. 


The USC AD Resource Center for Minority Aging Research aims to provide infrastructure and resources to support the academic success of underrepresented minority researchers and to increase the number and diversity of researchers in aging. Applications from junior faculty focusing their research on the health and economic wellbeing of minority elderly populations are encouraged. The program provides mentorship to AD-RCMAR scientists in multidisciplinary training, launching new lines of research, and tracking and evaluating the success of pilot investigations. Funding for selected scientists includes $25,000 in total direct and indirect costs. Deadline: 2/25/2022. Learn more.


CeASES-ADRD is an interdisciplinary research center whose mission is to advance innovative social science research in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).  Applications from scholars at all stages of their research career interested in social science research related to ADRD are encouraged to apply. Funding for selected scholars includes up to $35,000 in direct costs for the 2022/2023 academic year. Deadline: 1/28/2022. Learn more.


The Roybal Center for Behavioral Interventions in Aging seeks proposals for pilot projects that involve randomized controlled trials (RCTs).  If approved for funding by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the pilots would receive support during the period June 1, 2022-May 31, 2023.  Applications from senior and junior researchers from academic and research institutions focused on the consequences of current patterns of practice and the development of interventions that will improve care delivery, the quality of care, and its value to aging adults are encouraged. Potential project funding is limited to $45,000 in direct costs. Deadline: 1/31/2022. Learn more.