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Call for Proposals

The University Institute on Aging is pleased to offer several opportunities for consideration of grant proposals for projects at Boston College that make contributions to the field of aging.  

The amount of funding that may be requested may range from $2,500 to $25,000 per year.  Proposals can request funding for one, two or a maximum of three years depending on the grant applied for. Grants will be awarded to full time faculty with a project that goes beyond the work ordinarily performed and contributes to the field of aging. 

Projects will be reviewed and selected by the IOA director and the advisory board. Proposals with a focus on interdisciplinary research and involving students are especially encouraged.

Application Dates for spring of Academic Year 2014-2015

  • We will begin accepting applications May 15, 2014 until deadline of June 30, 2014.
  • Decisions announced in August.
  • Funds will be awarded in August and will need to be used by May 2015.

Proposals should include:

  • Cover sheet.
  • Up to 2-page description of project –including the impact on Aging research and awareness at Boston College. Please try to write as much in lay persons terms as possible
  • Letter of support from Dean or Department Chair.
  • List of publications and extramural support for all faculty listed on proposal and CV summary (2 pages).
  • Proposed budget.

Proposals should be submitted as email attachments to Susan Dunn at the Center for Centers (


Aging Research Incentive Grants (ARIG)
ARIG proposals will be awarded on a competitive basis, and intended primarily for full time faculty members. The ARIG program is designed to support research carried out directly by the faculty applicant and normally will not be awarded to the same faculty member more than once in three years. Preference will be given to proposals from junior faculty who envision the ARIG as instrumental for extramural funding opportunties. 

The ARIG is designed to support individual faculty members who wish to conduct research in the field of aging beginning with the summer recess and continuing through the subsequent academic year. Applicants are expected to have attempted to obtain extramural support to the best extent possible; this effort will be taken into account by the review committee. Purposes for which grant funds may be used include, but are not limited to, salary, equipment, travel, supplies, and computer time that directly contribute to the success of the proposal. The research must be performed directly by the faculty member receiving the grant.

Each ARIG recipient will be awarded up to a total of $25,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years. At the conclusion of each fiscal year, a brief summary of the project outcomes must be submitted to the Center for Centers ( no later than June 30, 2014. Funding for the next fiscal year award is contingent upon receipt of the progress report and submission of extramural grant application by PI.  A final cumulative report is due at the end of the entire funding period.