Grant Opportunities

Call for Applications: GCRLE Grants 2023

Call for Applications: GCRLE Grants 2023


Deadline: 16-Dec-22

The Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity & Equality (GCRLE) at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging invites applications for projects focused on understanding the fundamental drivers of female reproductive aging through.

The goal is to support breakthrough research on female reproductive longevity.

GCRLE Grants are intended to fund research that will identify the unifying biological principles that underlie female reproductive aging. Four distinct awards are offered for scientists at a variety of career stages. The goal is to stimulate collaborations and relationships across disciplines and institutions that will help define the field and lay the foundations for its future. With these grants, the Consortium is accelerating innovative research into strategies to prevent or delay ovarian aging and fostering the development of a cohesive international community in reproductive longevity science.

Objective
The long-term goal of this program is to address the mechanisms of female reproductive senescence at the cellular and organismal level, including its molecular drivers, and the effects of genetic and environmental factors on relevant cellular/system properties and interactions. This funding opportunity is explicitly aimed at basic biomedical research on female reproductive aging, broadly defined. It is not intended to support large clinical trials.

The GCRLE seeks to complement other major funders of research by placing emphasis on projects that may not be supported by traditional sources because of their perceived novelty or high risk, or because the investigator is moving into the field of female reproductive longevity from a different research area.

Awards Information
Senior Scholar Awards fund established investigators who are thought leaders and are recognized for substantial contributions of creative and productive research in their respective fields to pursue substantive, innovative projects in female reproductive aging. This award provides $400,000/year in funding.
Junior Scholar Awards fund early career investigators with outstanding promise when they are establishing their own labs. These awards are to encourage young scientists to pursue bold ideas in female reproductive aging when they are at their most scientifically creative. This award provides $250,000/year in funding.
Special eligibility requirements: Early career investigators are defined as principal investigators who have been in an independent faculty role for less than six years at the time of application, i.e. starting after December 16th, 2016.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards fund exceptional young scientists for their postdoctoral training in the area of female reproductive aging, broadly defined. The goal is to encourage the next generation of researchers to pursue creative projects in this exciting nascent field. This award provides $100,000/year in funding, of which a minimum of $70,000 must be used for the Fellow’s salary.
Special Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be within 4 years of the date of the award of their PhD or 5 years of their MD at the time of application, i.e. starting after December 16th, 2018 (for PhDs) or 2017 (for MDs).
Pilot Awards fund pilot projects to foster innovative or novel research projects in female reproductive aging that have the potential for high impact and high reward at an accelerated rate. These awards will allow collection of preliminary data to apply for larger grants and GCRLE encourages applications to fund novel collaborative cross-discipline projects, with an emphasis on projects that establish novel collaborations. This award provides $100,000/year in funding.
Funding Priorities
The long-term goal of this program is to address the mechanisms of female reproductive senescence at the cellular and organismal level, including its molecular drivers, and the effects of genetic and environmental factors on relevant cellular/system properties and interactions. This funding opportunity is explicitly aimed at basic biomedical research on female reproductive aging, broadly defined. It is not intended to support large clinical trials.
The GCRLE seeks to complement other major funders of research by placing emphasis on projects that may not be supported by traditional sources because of their perceived novelty or high risk, or because the investigator is moving into the field of female reproductive longevity from a different research area.
Eligible Expenses
Funds from the Senior Scholar, Junior Scholar, and Pilot awards are intended to support research activities. Funds for the Postdoctoral Fellowship are intended to support the Fellow’s full annual minimum salary of $70,000.

Additional funds for all awards may be used for:

Salaries
Laboratory research supplies
Dependent child allowance (up to $2,000 per child per year)
Scientific meeting registration and travel expenses (including the GCRLE Annual Symposium)
Capital equipment
Small equipment (including computer workstations, a laptop, printer, etc).
Indirect or overhead charges are not allowed for Postdoctoral Fellowships. Investigators of funded projects will be required to set aside allotted budget for travel to the annual GCRLE Scholars Symposium.
Eligibility Criteria
General Requirements:

The awards are open to researchers based at both national and international accredited academic and nonprofit research institutions. Applications will be accepted by domestic and foreign non-profit organizations; public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government; and eligible agencies of the federal government.
Applicants must hold a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree.
Each Investigator may only participate in one application for a Pilot, Junior, or Senior scholar award. Lab heads may also serve as mentor to one postdoctoral applicant in addition to their own application. Investigators with a current GCRLE Grant may not receive another.
Multiple applications from different Investigators will be accepted from a single institution.
Previous recipients of a GCRLE Grant may apply again for subsequent cycles, provided their award period is complete and final report documentation has been submitted at the time of award distribution.
GCRLE reserves the sole right to decide if an applicant and applicant organization meet the eligibility requirements.
The project narrative must not contain any personally identifiable information (name, institution, etc) or risk removal from consideration.
For more information, visit GCRLE.

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