New Investigator Award


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Signup Deadline: 12-01-2017


Attention: Applying for this award requires you to 1) submit an award nomination form (select "apply today" from above) and 2) submit an abstract via the abstract submission site.


The New Investigator Awards are presented to individuals whose original research, as evidenced by a submitted abstract, reflects new and relevant insights in geriatrics. The award is designed to recognize individuals who are committed to a career in aging research.


The New Investigator Awards are open to junior investigators in medicine (i.e., physicians specializing in geriatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, etc.), nursing, social work, pharmacy, dentistry, psychology, physical or occupational therapy with a faculty appointment of no more than five years—or, if a visiting scholar, no more than five years since the completion of post-graduate training—with a demonstrated focus on aging/geriatrics research during the period of faculty appointment. The awards are intended to recognize the applicant's work in geriatrics, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing and all other relevant disciplines. The work reported must not have been published or presented at other national meetings. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a commitment to a research career in geriatrics as evidenced by research fellowship training or advanced degree training (i.e., MPH, MS, PhD, etc.) and a research focus related to aging or geriatrics. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of a record of accomplishments in aging/geriatrics research, such as

  • At least one first-author original aging/geriatrics research publication (not a review article);
  • Pilot funding awards for aging/geriatrics research;
  • Previous abstracts describing research investigations;
  • At least two poster/oral presentations of aging research at national meeting; or
  • At least one research grant submitted as principal investigator.

Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of a career plan related to aging research.

Topics are invited in basic research, clinical investigation, clinical medicine, and public health, as well as research in the fundamental neurosciences. No case studies or clinical vignettes will be considered. Awards will be chosen based on originality, scientific merit, relevance of the research, as well as the applicant's demonstrated commitment to and accomplishments in aging research.

By submitting an abstract for consideration, the investigator agrees to allow the committee the option to select the entry for presentation as a research paper or poster and agrees to make the presentation him/herself.

Application Process

Applications must include the candidate's biosketch (NIH-style, 4 pages maximum), the research abstract, applicant letter, and three letters of recommendation. Abstracts must be submitted electronically to the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting. Click here for the abstract submission site. The biosketch and letters should be uploaded via  the nomination form. They should attest to the applicant's primary role in the research, the importance and significance of the studies as well as the general research accomplishments of the investigator.


$1,500. These funds are intended, in part, to cover awardees' travel expenses to attend the AGS Annual Scientific Meeting.

These awards are sponsored by a pharmaceutical company and the AGS is required by law to report transfers of value, such as awards, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, per the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.


Dennise McAlpin
American Geriatrics Society