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Pilot Grants Program

The Geriatrics Center, using support provided by the National Institute on Aging's Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the Nathan Shock Center for the Biology of Aging, supports an annual competition for those seeking pilot grant support to start a research project focused on aging or diseases of the elderly. Applicants must be full-time faculty members at the University of Michigan. Projects are typically funded for $40,000 (direct costs, plus applicable indirect costs) for the first year, with multi-year projects also given consideration under special circumstances. A request for applications, with additional details about format and relationship to Center initiatives, is typically issued every December, with applications due in February and funding available for winning applicants by June.

Individuals interested in obtaining applications, guidelines, and the required Other Financial Support form should go to