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VA HSR&D participating in Inter-agency initiative to support research on Aging In Place

December 15, 2015

HSR&D will commit funds (up to $250,000 per year for four years) to support an Inter-agency initiative called "Collaborative Aging (in Place) Research Using Technology (CART)." The National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the NIH has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement ( seeking applications "to develop and validate the infrastructure for rapid and effective conduct of future research utilizing technology to facilitate aging in place, with a special emphasis on people from underrepresented groups." The U2C (Cooperative Agreement) mechanism will be used to fund the awarded project; application budgets are limited to $1,250,000 direct costs in any given year.

The research infrastructure should have the capacity to integrate data across different projects, incorporate existing technologies, and accommodate future technologies; it should be designed to assess and intervene across a variety of observational and clinical research studies and settings, and for a range of measures, diseases and populations. The infrastructure development will include a demonstration project to test feasibility for operating on a larger scale. The participation of VA is intended in part to ensure that solutions being tested will be compatible with VA systems and technologies. As noted in the RFA, one or more VA investigators should be involved as Senior/Key Personnel on one or more components; VA funds will support participation of VA researchers on a larger team effort. VA funding will be handled separately by the awardee and VA; a separate budget justification for VA expenses should be prepared and submitted in the application. See the RFA at the link above for additional information.

See also:
Notice of Change to RFA-AG-16-021 "Collaborative Aging (in Place) Research Using Technology (CART) (U2C)"

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
December 28, 2015

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)
December 28, 2015

Application Due Date(s)
Note: The application due date has changed from January 12 to January 28, 2016; 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

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