IOA Report

In this Issue:

-From the Director
-BC Talks Aging
-Boston Roybal Center
-IOA Call for Proposals

From the Director


The Boston College Institute on Aging (IOA) has been working on some exciting initiatives for the 2014-2015 Academic Year, details of which can be found in this newsletter. I hope you’ll find this report both interesting and insightful.


James Lubben
Director, Institute on Aging
Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work

BC Talks Aging ScreenshotsBC Talks Aging

BC Talks Aging offers free access to a set of online learning modules provided by gerontological scholars at Boston College. The series aims to provide learning opportunities for those who wish to gain knowledge and resources on the issues related to aging, including social workers, nurses, and other practitioners in the field as well as instructors, students, and older adults and their caregivers.

The first module addresses Social Isolation, while upcoming modules will include Social and Productive Engagement; Human Growth and Development; and Delirium, Depression, and Dementia.

Watch BC Talks Aging »


Boston Roybal Center

The National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research recently announced the addition of the new Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions (RALI) to it’s current list of thirteen total centers. RALI is a consortium with Brandeis University, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Harvard Medical School. The Roybal Centers are intended to develop and pilot innovative ideas for translation of basic behavioral and social research findings into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. The BC Institute on Aging is functioning as an organizational bridge between the RALI Boston and faculty at Boston College.

RALI Boston offers small pilot grants and Dr. Christina Matz-Costa in the BC School of Social Work was one of the first recipients. Her study will examines the health promoting effects of activity portfolios on older adults. RALI Boston is seeking additional proposals for innovative pilot projects that have a theoretical and evidence-base in the behavioral and social sciences and fit within the Center’s mission and goals to increase and sustain active engagement. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Please see RALI Boston’s call for proposals for details.

Learn more about The Roybal Center »


IOA Call for Proposals: Aging Research Incentive Grants

Available to full-time faculty members, the Aging Research Incentive Grant (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. Each ARIG recipient will be awarded up to a total of $25,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years. IOA will begin accepting applications until February 28, 2015. Decisions will be announced in May 2015, with funding awarded by June. For more information visit

Read the ARIG Call for Proposals »


IOA Call for Proposals: Student Funding

The IOA has a variety of grant opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in the field of aging. Available grants include:

If you are a student interested in applying, or know of a student who would qualify for one of these grants, please visit for more information.

Learn more about our grants »