Apply for the 2019 Center on Aging Pilot Grant

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MUSC’s Center on Aging RFA for Pilot Project Grants and Submission Guidelines, 2019-2020 Funding Cycle

Key Dates

RFA Release Date: September 15, 2019

Application Due Date: October 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST

Anticipated Award Date: December 1, 2019


The Center on Aging at the Medical University of South Carolina is pleased to announce that it will fund up to 3 pilot grants for up to $25,000 (direct costs) for a 12- month period. These awards are designed to provide short-term funding to help researchers gather preliminary data for future extramural funding in research related to improving the health and well-being of older people. Pilot Projects must focus on research related to healthy aging or aging related diseases and conditions.


The principal goal of the Pilot Project Program is to provide funding for scientifically meritorious, new and innovative projects through a competitive program with open solicitation and peer review. The program is open to junior, mid-level or senior faculty and post-doctoral fellows. Preference will be given to projects that include interprofessional teams and/or inter-disciplinary projects.


Principal Investigator should have a full-time faculty or post-doctoral appointment and a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, etc) in science, research, or health related fields. The proposed studies must not overlap with or supplement currently funded projects.


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Annie Simpson (

Required Application Documents

1. The Project Description

The Project Description should serve as a succinct (30 lines of text) and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. State the application's broad, long-term objectives and specific aims, making reference to the relatedness of the project to the Center on Aging.

2. Budget Page and Budget Justification

For the budget, please use PHS 398 Form Page 4: Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period (12 months max) in MS Word Version (1 page) that may be downloaded from the NIH website. Use continuation pages as needed for the budget justification.

Save the budget and justification page as a single PDF file.

3. Proposal

Format Research Plan (Four pages maximum and must include the following sections):

  • Abstract (Max 200 Words)
  • Specific Aims Page (max 1 page)
  • Background
  • Preliminary Data
  • Research Methods/Strategies