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RFA-AG-20-032 – MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences (T32)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        September 28, 2019

External Deadline:                          October 28, 2019

Award Information:                        Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: NIA intends to commit $777,000 in direct costs in FY 2020 to fund four awards

Anticipated Amount: Each institutional training program may appoint up to four trainees annually. Budgets need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.               

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://app.wizehive.com/webform/USCgrants

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                                  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-20-032.html

Who May Serve as PI:                    Applications may propose multiple PDs/PIs, particularly when each brings a unique perspective and skill set that will enhance training. At least one of the PDs/PIs should be an established investigator in the application’s target scientific area, capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. Additional PDs/PIs may be included to achieve the training goals. The PDs/PIs will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees to the approved research training program and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PDs/PIs will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PDs/PIs have responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the program and are responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable) and using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.

Purpose:

NIA’s MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences is designed to help strengthen the pipeline of physician-scientist leaders dedicated to using social and behavioral science approaches to addressing the nation’s challenges posed by Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD). This FOA provides support to eligible domestic institutions to develop and implement effective approaches to integrated dual-degree training leading to the award of both an MD and a research doctorate degree (PhD or equivalent). This FOA invites applications from institutions with externally funded grants in the social/behavioral sciences that are relevant to the research topics proposed under this FOA. Fields of graduate training that are responsive to this FOA are economics, health economics, health services research, public policy, healthcare policy, social work, demography, sociology, social epidemiology, and psychology. Integrated medical and graduate research training programs may be built around single disciplines or may be multidisciplinary, may be flexible in structure, and should be consistent with individual institutional strengths. Proposed training programs should be flexible and adaptable in providing each trainee with the appropriate background in the social/behavioral sciences relevant to AD/ADRD research and clinical practice, yet be rigorous enough to enable graduates to function independently in both basic social/behavioral science research and clinical investigation.

 

The specific objective of this FOA is to grow the workforce of outstanding physician-scientists who will integrate social and behavioral science perspectives and approaches for theoretical, empirical, and clinical application to the challenges raised by Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD).

The training program should provide:

    • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques in one or more of the following social/behavioral science disciplines as they relate to AD/ADRD: economics, health economics, health services research, public policy, healthcare policy, social work, demography, sociology, social epidemiology, and psychology. Applicants may choose to design an MD-PhD training program around a single discipline or a program that is multidisciplinary.
    • Enhancement of the trainees’ ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence.
    • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods and data resources, as well as experience presenting and publishing their research findings.
    • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at relevant scientific meetings and workshops.
    • Enhancement of the trainees’ understanding of AD/ADRD-related sciences and the relationship of their research training to AD/ADRD.

The proposed research training program may complement other ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, including formal MD-PhD training programs, but the proposed program must be clearly different and distinct from related programs currently receiving Federal support.

 

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