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UC San Diego is submitting a P30 Center Grant application to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to create the University of California San Diego Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC). Pepper Centers are centers of excellence in research and research education to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older adults. The Center’s theme will be Using Technology to Preserve Independence in Older Adults. Independence has multiple meanings for older adults generally relating to preserving autonomy, maintaining physical and mental capacity, and being able to competently conduct the tasks or activities that are necessary to remain independent at home (e.g., taking medications, dressing).

We are now soliciting letters of interest from investigators for two types of awards to be included in the P30 proposal, which will be submitted to the NIA in October 2019. If the submission is successful, study funding would commence in approximately July of 2020. The proposed Center leadership from Engineering and Health Sciences will work together with the selected candidates to develop and write a final proposal for inclusion in the P30.

Funding Opportunities:

  1. Pilot Studies: $25,000-$50,000 for one year (based on the scope of the project).
  2. Research Education Support: $30,000-$60,000 per year for two to three years (dependent on whether the applicant has other sources of salary and project support).

Who is eligible: Investigators from UCSD or any of the ACTRI partner institutions (Salk Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, J Craig Venter Institute or San Diego State University). Post-doctoral students, junior and senior investigators are eligible for Pilot Studies. Early career Investigators (e.g., Assistant Professors) are eligible for Research Education Support.

Application Process Timeline:

  • Letter of Interest Deadline: Friday, April 19 by 5:00 pm
  • Notice of Invitation to Apply: Early May
  • Full Proposal Due: August 2019

Application Procedure: Please see attachment for detailed application instructions.

Questions? Email

OptumLabs and UC Health

The University of California and UnitedHealth Group have formed a strategic partnership to collaborate and work strategically to improve healthcare. One aspect of the strategic relationship is the research collaboration with OptumLabs, a data-driven research and discovery center, with a focus on working with OptumLabs data sets, analytical tools and collaborations to advance clinical research and translation. OptumLabs is an open, collaborative center for research and innovation focused on improving patient care and value. Its comprehensive real-world data with over 160 million de-identified lives across claims and clinical information contains a rich, linked dataset that can be used to conduct broad or narrow investigations on populations and unique subsets within them. More information