Funding Opportunity: Roybal Center Pilot Project

The Johns Hopkins Roybal Center (JHRC) is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to support the translation of behavioral and social sciences research into applied practices and programs for older adults.  The theme of the JHRC is to support research aimed at strengthening informal support resources of older adults, and, when feasible, to do so using innovative methodological advances.

“Informal support resources” can be conceptualized in a number of ways including the quantity and quality of one’s social contacts, the quality of support provided within existing caregiving relationships or networks, the coordination of family caregiving with more formal support services, and other aspects of the older adult’s social environment.  “Innovative methodological advances” include innovations in research design, measurement, or analytic approaches to be used in the broader research program.  Technological advances in measurement or analysis, for example, can overcome some of the limitations of self-report or proxy data, but more research is needed to translate these methods to research and practice communities.

Funds available: Up to $40,000 (direct costs only) for a one-year pilot project.  Funding for two new one-year pilot projects in 2017 is anticipated.  Projects extending beyond one year will be considered under special circumstances.  Proposals submitted in partnership with other funding sources or stakeholders are encouraged, but such matching funds are not required.

Eligibility:  Any full-time faculty member at Johns Hopkins University is eligible to apply.  Junior investigators (assistant professors and early associate professors) are especially encouraged to apply.  Postdoctoral fellows who are on track to be promoted to a faculty position at Johns Hopkins may apply if explicitly sponsored by an eligible faculty mentor.

Application Due DateJanuary 27, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

Application procedure:  Applicants should submit a 2-page, single-spaced proposal that includes 1) the title of the pilot project, 2) the principal investigator and any co-investigators, 3) the specific aims, 4) a brief description of the significance of the study, including how the proposed pilot will contribute to the themes of the JHRC, 5) a brief description of the research design, measures, and analytic methods, including any design or analysis features that are methodologically innovative, and 6) a statement describing how the results of the project will inform or support subsequent applications for extramural funding for the emerging research program.  In addition, a budget and budget justification should be submitted, and, per NIA requirements, the full curriculum vitae (CV) of the principal investigator.

Submit the entire application in a single pdf file with components in the order listed above to Mr. Brian Buta ( by January 27th.