Pearl Aldrich Award application process

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Application Instructions


All applications must be submitted via e-mail to the Advisory Committee Chairperson: Applications can be sent as Word document (.doc) or Portable Document Format (.pdf) file. Any tables, figures, or images used in the application must be readable and embedded in the proposal text (no appendices permitted). The deadline of receipt of applications is 11:59 PM on May 7, 2017. Failure to follow the guidelines for preparation of the grant proposal will result in rejection of the application.


Required Application Materials


  1. Applicant data sheet;
  2. A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes current professional responsibilities, current and completed research support, and publications;
  3. A letter from the applicant describing personal and professional interest in aging research, reasons for seeking support through the Pearl J. Aldrich Endowment, relevant experience and training, collaborators and their involvement in the project, and commitment to a career in an aging discipline (Maximum 2 pages);
  4. A rigorous proposal describing the research that the applicant plans to undertake, including a problem statement, theoretical perspective, detailed methods, analysis plan, and potential significance to aging research. The importance of the research to the field of gerontology or geriatric medicine must be articulated. The proposal should begin with an abstract of no more that 250 words, double-spaced. The full proposal should be a maximum length of 10 pages, including the abstract and references, double-spaced (Microsoft word or compatible format, minimum 12 point font size, one inch margins/header/footer, and no appendices). The proposal should explicitly describe the study design, hypothesis if appropriate, methodology, feasibility of the study, expected outcomes, and potential for future external funding for pilot and other ongoing research initiatives. A detailed research timetable, beginning July 1 and ending June 30 must also be included. See “Suggestions on How to Improve the Quality of the Proposal” below;
  5. Graduate student applicants must provide a signed letter from a faculty mentor (not necessarily a gerontologist) describing:
    1. The mentor’s past association with the student;
    2. The mentor’s plan for supervision of the student’s research activities and adherence to the study timetable;
    3. The mentor’s support for the student as a potential awardee and additional comments regarding student’s character and propensity to become and aging scholar.
  6. For faculty applicants, one letter of support from a colleague who is familiar with the applicant and their research area and can attest to the importance of the study. Co-Investigators cannot provide letters of support. The Advisory Committee reserves the right to contact the references for additional information;
  7. A detailed budget and budget justification for the twelve months of the award, specifically describing how the funds will be allocated;
  8. When more than one investigator is listed in the application, the first individual named will be the person with whom the Advisory Committee will communicate and the investigator who will assume responsibility for conducting the research.




  • Follow instructions and page/pagination limits carefully
  • Applicant Data Sheet
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Letter from applicant
  • Research proposal (including abstract and references)
  • IRB file number from responsible organization
  • Letter of support for faculty applicants
  • Mentor letter for graduate student applicants
  • Budget and budget narrative
  • Final proofread and spell-check
  • Deadline for applications: 11:59 PM on May 7, 2017.