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Longevity RFA – apply here!


In association with our 2019 Annual Symposium,

Longevity and Aging: 

Nutritional and Metabolic Mechanisms

we are delighted to solicit applications for a special Pilot & Feasibility Award of $30,000 for research in a topic related the symposium.

Invited research includes investigation broadly related to nutritional and metabolic factors related to longevity or the aging process.  Proposals across the research spectrum (T1-T4) are welcome.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019


Eligible applicants fall into one of 3 categories: (1) early career investigators in nutrition, metabolism, or obesity; (2) established investigators new to the field of nutrition, metabolism or obesity research; or (3) established investigators in the field looking for funding for a new direction in nutrition, metabolism or obesity research.  Investigators from any Harvard institution are eligible to apply.  Per NIH rules, fellows are not allowed to be PI of these grants, but final-year fellows may apply if the grant would be awarded after completion of their fellowship.  Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of our Core services.

**DEADLINE: Application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019.  Decisions will be communicated to applicants by Monday, June 17, 2019.  The award will also be announced at the 2019 Symposium, held July 10-11, 2019, which the recipient should please plan to attend.  Funding will begin August 1, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE that we anticipate a regular NORCH Pilot & Feasibility cycle is being announced simultaneously, through which research on other topics related to obesity, metabolism, and nutrition can be submitted.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:  Applications are required to use PHS 398 grant forms where appropriate. Proposals must be single spaced and follow the NIH format guidelines. Please submit the entire application as a single PDF file using the form here.

  • NIH Face Page
  • Research Plan (5 pages, references are not included in the 5-page limit)
    • A) Specific Aims
    • B) Significance
    • C) Innovation
    • D) Approach
    • E) Relevance of the Proposed Project to the theme of nutrition/obesity/metabolism
    • F) References
  • NIH Form Page 4:  Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period
  • NIH Form Page 5: Budget for Entire Proposed Project Period  *include Budget Justification
  • NIH Biographical Sketch (for PI and all Key Personnel involved in the project)
  • NIH Other Support Page (PI only)
  • NIH Inclusion Enrollment Report (if applicable)
  • Protection of Human Subjects/Animals (if applicable)
  • Facilities and Other Resources
  • Letter of Support
  • List of Reviewers (include 3 or 4 names as suggested reviewers)
    • Include their full names, mailing address, telephone and e-mail address
  • Appendix (optional)

Download the PHS 398 instructions and forms here.


Funds may be used for technical support including salary for research assistance and supplies. Equipment less than $5,000 can be requested.


  • Principal Investigator, or Mentor salary support
  • Secretarial/administrative personnel salary support
  • Computers
  • Tuition
  • Travel (Domestic and Foreign)
  • Publication Costs
  • Dues and Membership Fees
  • Equipment costing $5,000 or more
  • Indirect Costs


Please submit a budget for up to $30,000 in direct costs. The period of funding is for one year, beginning August 1, 2019. Investigators will be eligible to reapply for a second year of funding if interested, through the RFA anticipated in Spring, 2020.


All applications will be reviewed by the NORC Center Leadership. Applications with the highest merit will be sent for peer review. Preference will be given to junior investigators particularly those with K awards or equivalent. All applications are encouraged to consider utilizing and incorporating Center core services in the proposal if applicable.


For non-science related questions about the application, please contact Nika Grzejka at 617-643-0412 or

For science-related questions, please contact Dr. Takara Stanley at 617-724-9109 or