Research and Funding

NIA Research Grants and Other Funding (Extramural)

Woman researcher looking at computer screen Find information at the links below on NIA research funding and training opportunities and how to apply for them. 

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For more information and for NIA funding policies and guidance, see the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) »

Intramural Research Program (IRP)

Lab equipmentNIA’s IRP conducts basic and clinical research related to aging and diseases of aging led by scientists in Baltimore and Bethesda, Maryland. Go to the NIA Intramural Research Program website »


Scientific Research Programs and Priorities

Each of NIA's four extramural research divisions offers guidance about the scientific focus of their programs, as well as funding opportunities in their specific research areas. Research sponsored by the divisions covers NIA's focus on a range of research in aging. Find information on studies in: biology, social and behavioral aspects of aging, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and neuroscience (including Alzheimer's disease).

Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR)

Illustration of health care statisticsThe Division of Behavioral and Social Research supports social, behavioral, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level.

Division of Neuroscience (DN)

Doctors looking at a patient's x-raysWithin the NIA, the Division of Neuroscience (DN) fosters and supports extramural research and training to further the understanding not only the dementias of old age, but also to further an understanding of the neural and behavioral processes associated with the normally aging brain. An area of special emphasis is brain-behavior relationships. An important component of this Division is the support of basic, clinical, and epidemiological studies of AD and related dementias of aging.