T. Franklin Williams Awards

The T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program

The Health in Aging Foundation will not be accepting applications for the 2016 grant cycle.

A Supplemental Grant Program for Recipients of the National Institute on Aging Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR)

The T. Franklin Williams Scholars (TWFS) Program (is administered by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Health in Aging Foundation. The program offers funding for a Professional Development Plan to complement the R03 research project funded under the National Institute on Aging’s GEMSSTAR award mechanism.

To learn more about the GEMSSTAR Award, please review the RFA.

What We Offer

T. Franklin Williams Scholars Program provides:

  • Funding for a Professional Development Plan with $50,000 over two years. These funds are interdependent and derived from:
    • $25,000 from the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP);
    • $25,000 from the AGS Health in Aging Foundation
  • Leadership, mentoring and career development opportunities through participation in annual national meetings that will bring you together with your peers and national leaders drawn from your subspecialty and from geriatrics.

The TFWS is a competitive awards program and is offered only to those individuals who are awarded a GEMSSTAR and also selected by the TFWS selection committee.

GEMSSTAR Program

The National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) awards support early career physicians trained in medical and surgical subspecialties through an R03 mechanism that will provide up to $150,000 in direct costs over two years for research on the geriatrics aspects of their specialty. The award is an early career award with the goal of helping researchers establish a research track record in the field of geriatrics research.

GEMSSTAR Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include a Professional Development Plan (PDP) as a component of their application that provides protected time and mentoring for young investigators to develop the leadership and research skills that they will need in their careers. The PDP can include formal classroom education, exposure to geriatrics-related activities, or other means of career development outlined in the GEMSSTAR RFA.

Apply for a GEMSSTAR Award