The 26th President of the University of Vermont
Armin Grams Memorial Research Award - Call for Proposals
- By Jeanne B Hutchins
In recognition of Armin Grams, PhD and his commitment and passion for aging, the Center on Aging announces a call for proposals for pilot research projects that will lead to extramural funding in aging research.
It is anticipated that one award will be made each year. The overall goal is to increase funded research at the University of Vermont focused on aging.
The PI must be a member of the UVM/FAHC faculty. Junior faculty, Adjunct faculty, and those with no prior research funding must have an identified mentor in his or her department. Joint PI proposals encouraged.
Budget requests must not exceed $50,000 total and may not be used to supplement existing research grants, to provide interim support, or to support previously funded research.
The award may be used over one or two years – any unused funds at the end of two years must be returned to the Center on Aging.
Applications should describe research projects that seek to explore new questions or new avenues of investigation for the PI. Plans for securing future funding should be included in the proposal. Possible project areas include basic, translational, clinical, and behavioral investigation
Research topics must be in the area of aging.
- Proposals are limited to 7 pages.
- Include Background, Aims/Hypotheses, Research Design, Methods, and Future Plans.
- References, appendices and budget will not count toward page limit.
- Future Plans section should explicitly state the anticipated plan to obtain extramural funding.
- A one page budget should be submitted. Detailed rational for funding should be included.
- Budget may be up to $50,000.00 (total) for 1-2 years. Fellow salary should not be included.
- Letter of support from Department Chair must be included.
Written Reports: A progress report is due every six (6) months during the grant period. A final report is due within sixty (60) days of completion of the grant period.
- Progress reports should be limited to 1-2 paragraphs and include a 150-200 word lay summary.
- The final report should be limited to 2-5 pages and include a 150-200 word lay summary. The final report should follow the NIH Terminal Progress Report format.
- The PI will be notified of specific due dates of the progress reports and final report.
- Availability of award funding may be delayed or cancelled if recipients fail to meet progress report deadlines, comply with award guidelines or fail to meet proposed project goals and timelines.
- Presentations: You will be expected to present your research at a Center on Aging sponsored lecture/seminar, and you may be asked to give a lay presentation to the community.
Publications resulting from support under this mechanism must contain an acknowledgment such as "Supported by a grant from the Center on Aging at the University of Vermont". A copy of every article with the appropriate acknowledgement should be sent to the Center on Aging.
1. Proposals will be reviewed by the Center on Aging Faculty Advisory Council for scientific excellence, giving highest priority to projects that are likely to result in findings that are publishable and lead to larger, funded projects. Priority will be given to translational projects.
2. Significance and Rationale: addresses important questions in aging (clinical vs. basic research); results may help to move the field forward; logical rationale for the project
3. Research design and methods: clear experimental design; clear primary and secondary outcomes and approach to data analysis and interpretation; sufficient experience in executing proposed procedures
4. Budget: reasonable and justified.
- Proposal deadlines December 30, 2013. Funding will commence on February 28th, 2014.
- Proposals should be submitted electronically to Jeanne Hutchins.
Armin Grams came to the University of Vermont in 1970 to establish the Human Development and Family Studies Program. His early work was in the area of parent-child relationships but his focus soon switched to human relationships and sexuality. In the later years of his career, his interest turned to gerontology.
Dr. Grams developed and taught several courses on gerontology and he was instrumental in establishing both the UVM Center on Aging and a Gerontology Certificate program. He also served in many national and international organizations in the area of aging including President of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), 1992-1993
In May of 2002, Dr. Grams received an honorary doctor of letters from his alma mater, Concordia University.
Grams retired from UVM in 1990.
Armin Grams, PhD
1924 - 2002