UAB’s Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging announces the availability of pilot/feasibility (P/F) project awards for investigators with a research focus on the comparative biology and/or energetics of aging and having the goal of future funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging. The projects must utilize one or more of the research cores of the UAB Nathan Shock Center, which can be found on the Center’s website and are briefly described below.

Research Focus and Eligibility

fundingThe projects must utilize one or more of the research cores of the UAB Nathan Shock Center. The P/F studies may focus on any area of aging research that can be supported by our cores, with priority given to those examining hallmarks and/or energetics of aging. Basic Alzheimer's disease studies are eligible if they contain clear aging and/or energetics focus. The awards are intended to support scientists to obtain extramural funding for aging research. We particularly encourage applications from faculty level New Investigators (as defined by NIH) or established investigators new to aging research, and/or who are pursuing a new direction in the field. Applicants new to aging biology research should identify a collaborator, with a strong record in the field, who is willing to serve as a mentor. Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate close relevance to the Shock Center mission and the likelihood of future R01 funding from NIA.

Awards Details and Application Dates

The pilot program will provide up to five 1 year $25,000 awards. Co-Funding Partners: Include the network of National Nathan Shock Centers. Each applicant MUST consult with Research Development Core leaders to provide direction in utilizing UAB and National Shock Center Cores.

Submission deadline: October 25, 2021

Start date: January-February 2022

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Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the UAB Nathan Shock Center Research Development Core (RDC) (contact information below) as a first step toward preparing an application.

Required Documentation and Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines, incomplete proposals or those not following the guidelines shown below will not be reviewed.

Formatting requirements

  • All text should be written in Arial 11 point font with 0.5 margins (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Figures and tables should not contain text with font sizes below 9 points
  • Final grant proposal document should be submitted as a single PDF file. The itemized budget should be included as part of the PDF

Required documents and page limits

Please provide the following documentation as a single PDF file following the order specified below:

  1. PROPOSAL FACE PAGE (1 page maximum) — Containing the following information:
    • Proposal title
    • PI/PIs -- name, degree, position, department/unit
    • Other Key personnel — name, degree, position, department/unit
    • Proposal Abstract (30 lines maximum)
  2. PROPOSAL APPROACH (4 PAGES maximum)
    • Specific Aims (1 page maximum)
    • Research project ( 3 pages maximum)
  3. BUDGET & BUDGET JUSTIFICATION
    • (two pages maximum) to include in final proposal PDF file
  4. BIOSKETCHES (PI/PIs and Key personnel)
  5. REFERENCES (1 page maximum of relevant bibliographic references)

Application Submission Contacts

The UAB Nathan Shock Center Research Development Core (RDC) administers the Pilot Grant Program and is the primary point of contact for interested applicants. Initial inquiries and/or questions about the application process should be directed to the RDC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RDC Leader:

Christy Carter, Ph.D.
Telephone: 352.328.7957
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Program Director:

Patrizia De Sarno, Ph.D.
Telephone: 205.934.8790
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UAB Shock Center Cores

Research Development Core (RDC)

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Comparative Organismal Energetics Core (Organismal Core)

This core provides state-of-the-art instrumentation and analyses for quantifying energy balance and body composition in diverse animals, including measures of energy expenditure (via indirect calorimetry), food intake, activity, and core body temperature. Body composition analyses can be performed on living and dead animals. Learn about their full list of services and Organismal Core fees.

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Comparative Mitochondrial Health Assessment Core (Mitometabolism Core)

This core offers state-of-the-art services to investigators to facilitate research and training on mitochondrial function and mitophagy as it relates to aging. The core provides expertise in molecular energetics and metabolomics techniques in a variety of species from yeast to mice. Learn about our full list of services and Mitometabolism Core fees.

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Comparative Data Analytics Core (Analytics Core)

This core provides consultation in study design, research proposal development, and data analysis, including traditional, specialized, and customized analytical methods for scientists performing research on the basic biology of aging. CDAC also conducts high-level statistical investigations of secondary data to answer questions about the comparative biology and energetics of aging. CDAC works with investigators to develop new analytical tools and offers training in statistical methods for the comparative biology of energetics as it relates to aging. Learn more about the Analytics Core list of services.

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