The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) offers fellowships and research grants for full-time undergraduate, masters or doctoral study in the US. Areas of interest include: cellular biology, immunobiology, cancer, neurobiology, biochemistry, molecular biophysics, genomics, and proteomics. AFAR provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) to conduct research that will serve as the basis for longer term research efforts. AFAR-supported investigators study a broad range of biomedical and clinical topics including the causes of cellular senescence, the role of estrogen in the development of osteoporosis, the genetic factors associated with Alzheimer's disease, the effects of nutrition and exercise on the aging process, and much more. Since 1981, over 680 AFAR Research Grants have been awarded. Up to 10 awards will be given.
Applicants must be actively involved or planning active involvement in a specific biomedical or biochemical research project in the field of aging. The applicant must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by the Dean or Department Chair, and must be no more than 10 years beyond start of postdoctoral research training.