Who Should Apply for the TFWS Supplement Mechanism

These awards are available to junior faculty who are board eligible or board certified.

Applicants must:

  • Be planning to submit an application for a GEMSSTAR grant under the RFA.
  • Demonstrate US citizenship, or provide proof of permanent resident status.
  • Be an MD or DO.
  • Be a member of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS).
  • Be a geriatrician pursuing research in an internal medicine specialty.*
  • Have completed a fellowship leading to certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
  • Meet award criteria for “early career stage” (within four years) as a physician-scientist in aging research.

*Geriatrics is a board-certified subspecialty of internal medicine and falls within the GEMSSTAR eligibility requirements.

Required Mentors

Candidates must have mentors from their institution as follows:

  1. Have a mentorship team which includes a research mentor, who has successfully competed for an NIH independent investigator research grant in aging; and a geriatrics mentor.
  2. Have a letter from the department chair and the division/section chief stating that the applicant will have a substantial amount of protected time that covers career development.

Application Guidelines

Guidelines for Institutional Letters

Dean and Chair letters of support should endorse the candidate’s application and include a specific commitment of protected time in total.

Guidelines for Career and Leadership Development Plan

To be considered eligible for the TFWS program, an applicant must submit a career development plan (up to 4 pages, double-spaced), which outlines the applicant’s strategy for active involvement in geriatric and specialty clinical and educational activities as well as their plans for professional growth as a researcher with some equivalence to pursuit of a master’s degree.

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria for TFWS Supplement Award

The Selection Committee will select participants on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Eligibility as described above
  • Quality and strength of the individual’s career and leadership development plan.
  • Strength of the Research program
  • Strength of Specialty and Geriatrics mentorship
  • Commitment of departmental and institutional support
  • Evidence of broad professional development, i.e. membership in societies, leadership activities, etc.
  • Evidence of the strength of the specialty department and of the geriatrics division or department
  • Evidence of broad professional development, i.e. membership in societies, leadership activities, etc.

How To Apply

Interested applicants will need to email LiChia Ong Chansanchai for an application.

The application should include:

  • A copy of the research proposal submitted to NIA.
  • The aforementioned career development plan.
  • Letters of support from the department chair or division chief.

Applicaton Deadlines & Other Important Dates

Important Dates

Letter of Intent to potential funder(s) of PDP As early in the application process as possible
Letter of Intent to the NIA (strongly encouraged) September 7, 2015
Due Date for Application to the NIA
(includes Evidence of Supportive Environment attachment (PDP), intended PDP funding source, and PDP-related letters of support)
October 7, 2015
Application to the HiAF T. Franklin Williams Program N/A
R03 Scientific Peer Review March 2016
R03 Summary Statements Released Approximately 6 weeks after R03 Peer Review
Notification of Grant Awards Released (Beginning of Funding) July – August 2016