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    NIA GEMSSTAR Scholars Award

    Funding Announcements
    Aging Research and Early Career Physician Professional

    Aging Research
    The National Institute of Health (NIH) through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will be accepting applications for the 2016 Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) awards program beginning September 7, 2015. GEMSSTAR awards program provides early career physicians up to $150,000 of direct funding (over a two-year period) to support aging research. Interested applicants have the option of submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) prior to submitting their GEMSSTAR application to NIA.  The deadline to submit an application is October 7, 2015. Read the full text of the GEMSSTAR award announcements below. The NIA announcement includes a helpful list of responses to questions that are frequently asked about the GEMSSTAR program.

    NIH Announcement NIA Announcement

    GEMSSTAR Application Process

    For the 2016 cycle, applicants are encouraged to include with their R03 application a professional development plan (PDP). The R03 application and the PDP will be due  to NIH by October 7, 2015.  Applicants will not be asked to submit a PDP at a later date.  In addition,  applicants will be asked to include the funding sources they are purusing to support a PDP, however they are not expected to secure funding by the October 7 deadline. PDP funding has to be secured by the GEMSSTAR award start date.  

    Early career physicians applying for GEMSSTAR are encouraged to submit a  professional development plan (PDP) and identify a funding source. The T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program is one source of professional development support available to applicants.

    Professional Development and T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program

    The T. Franklin Williams Scholars program support for funding professional development plan ended in 2015.  AAIM encourages GEMSSTAR appplicants to contact the specialty society relevant to your research to receive information on other funding opportunties to support a professional development plan.

    For general information regarding the T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program, contact the AAIM office at or (703) 341-4540.





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