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UAB's new Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging announces the availability of pilot/feasibility (P/F) grants in the comparative and/or energetics of aging. Awards are for one year. A second year of funding is possible through a competitive renewal process. Budgets are developed in consultation with the Core leaders and/or co-leaders. Download the PDF of Pilot Grant Announcement for more details.


The P/F studies may focus on any area of research related to the comparative biology and/or energetics of aging and are designed to provide support for new investigators and to established investigators in other research areas who wish to branch out into comparative biology and/or energetics of aging research. Basic Alzheimer's disease studies are eligible if they contain a clear aging and/or energetics focus. Applicants must utilize the Shock Center Research Cores, which are:

  • Comparative Organismal Energetics Core: Tim Nagy, Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Comparative Mitochondrial Health Assessment Core: Jianhua Zhang, Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Comparative Data Analytics Core: T. Mark Beasely (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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The UAB Nathan Shock Pilot/Feasibility Grants will support faculty members in aging research. We particularly encourage applications by new investigators without current or past NIH support (those below the rank of Associate Professor) or established investigators without an extensive history in aging research. P/F awards may be made to post-doctoral fellows as well; however, generally, post-doctoral fellows will only be competitive when such individuals are preparing to transition to faculty positions. Post-doctoral fellows wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to meet simultaneously with their faculty mentors and the Shock Center director prior to submitting a letter of inquiry. New investigators must also identify a senior faculty mentor who has a strong record of NIH funding in aging research, who will provide guidance throughout the proposed study. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate close relevance to the Shock Center mission and likelihood of future R01 funding.


Application due dates are January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st, 2018.

Funding period: One year from award date.

Applications must include:
  • The hypothesis and specific aims of the project (1 page)
  • No more than one page of figures and figure legends
  • Additional pages allowed for important references
  • A one (1) paragraph statement (no more than ½ page) of how this research will impact your future directions in aging research.
  • The Shock Center Core and Microbiome Core resources needed, including sample number if applicable and approximate time frame (1/2 page)
  • Current NIH-style biosketch including other support (up to 5 pages)

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Applications should be submitted in pdf format to Drs. Stephen Barnes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and John Hartman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), who are also available to answer any questions about the application process.