Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

NIA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) supports new and renewal applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs). The OAIC program was established in honor of the late Representative to establish "centers of excellence" in research and training that will increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons.

The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions' programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in aging research. Each area of focus is one in which progress could contribute to greater independence for older persons and offer opportunities for training and career development in aging research. NIA's expectation is that an OAIC, in a given area of focus, will:

  • Provide intellectual leadership and innovation;
  • Stimulate translation between basic and clinical research, e.g., research to develop or test interventions or diagnostic tests based on new findings from basic aging research or other basic research, or studies to improve understanding of mechanisms contributing to clinical or functional findings;
  • Facilitate and develop novel multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research strategies;
  • Stimulate incorporation of emerging technologies, methods and scientific advances into research designs as appropriate;
  • Serve as a source of advice and collaboration to other institutions regarding technology, methodology, analysis, or other expertise; and
  • Provide career development for future research leaders.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the area of focus for the proposed center, 2) goals of the center, 3) activities to accomplish the goals, 4) how the different components of the center will interact, 5) evaluation plans, and 6) names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Direct costs are limited to $800,000 per year for a five-year period.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, September 10, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines:

Requested letters of intent are due September 21, 2010
Full proposals are due October 21, 2010


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All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at