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Applications for AA-ISRI are now closed. Applications for the 2022 AA-ISRI will open on November 8, 2021.

Who should apply

Applications will be reviewed from early-stage investigators, defined as those who completed their terminal research degree (Ph.D., Dr.PH., M.D. or other doctoral level degree) or end of post-graduate clinical training (whichever date is later) within the past 10 years, and who have not previously competed successfully as a principal investigator for a substantial independent research award. The doctoral degree may be in social, medical, behavioral sciences or public health. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities and women are always encouraged to apply.

How to submit

Applicants must specify one of the two offered training tracks (psychosocial or public health). The application requirements include:

  • General demographic information
  • Statement of 150 words or less describing the applicant’s objectives for attending the institute
  • Letters of recommendation from two individuals familiar with applicant’s professional interests and scholastic achievements. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure letters of recommendation are received.
  • One-page research proposal abstract, including specific aims
  • An NIH biographical sketch (General)

Applicant evaluation criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an AA-ISRI Selection Committee, comprised of AA-ISRI faculty and convened yearly only for the purpose of applicant selection. Participants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Previous experience and training
  • Affiliation with a research university or laboratory
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Alignment of stated objectives with the goals of the AA-ISRI
  • Demonstrated interest in long-term career interest in ADRD
  • A brief statement of objectives for attending the AA-ISRI
  • Significance and quality of the research proposal abstract

Twenty-four AA-ISRI awardees (12 per each track) will be named in each year. Applications closed on April 8, 2021 and notification emails will be sent in early May 2021. Expenses for airfare, accommodations, most meals, local transportation and any course materials will be covered.

Application resources

These NIH resources below can help applicants develop successful applications.

You can also reference the Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program.