The Development Grant is for funding up to $10,000 to create an initial framework for future partnership and collaboration between UMB and UCR in the area of aging research. Development Grant awardees can use the grants to create a collaborative project that can later be the basis for an AYY Seed Grant or other extramural funding program.

Activities supported by the Development Grant include the following: 

  • Developing research partnership infrastructure
  • Facilitating formal and informal meetings for partners to identify shared goals, priorities, research interests, and sharing of resources and funding

  • Facilitating open dialogue and bidirectional learning through workshops and joint meetings around a research question and proposed research partnership

  • Identifying UCR partner(s) and community partners to help define a research question

  • Building capacity for community partners who will be part of the research collaboration (e.g., IRB training, training on research design and methods, etc.)

  • Building capacity for academic partnerships (e.g., tackling cross national and/or cross institution research partnership challenges and opportunities)

  • Identifying the needs of traditionally underserved or marginalized aging populations in the US and/or Costa Rica that could benefit from a UMB/UCR research project

Potential applicants are encouraged to meet with AYY leadership prior to submission of application to discuss seed funding proposals.  A consultation can include identification of partners and projects as well project design and plans for implementation.

Please email Michelle Sullivan to arrange a consultation.

  • The PI must be a UMB faculty member at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor with a minimum 51% FTE appointment from UMB.
  • Limited to one award per faculty member in a 12-month period.
  • UCR faculty and community partners should be listed as key personnel.
  • Development grants funds stay at UMB and all fund usage must comply with UMB regulations.

The grant term is 12 months, which commences after disbursement of funds or IRB approval (if needed), whichever later. AYY leadership will meet with investigators throughout the project period to monitor progress.

If a request for a no-cost extension has not been requested by month 8 of the grant period, project activities will cease at the end of 12 months and any remaining funds will be returned to the AYY.

  • Up to $10,000 in direct costs for 12 months (no indirect costs allowed).    

  • No salary support is permitted.

  • All fund usage must comply with UMB regulations.

Allowable Expenses:

  • Stipend for external contractors or community partners in Costa Rica or the US

  • Travel costs to Costa Rica or US

  • Lodging

  • Supplies

  • Facility use fees

  • Activity costs, such as research training for partners and other expenses required to develop the partnership.

Unallowable Expenses:

  • Tuition

  • Refreshments

  • Purchase of office or laboratory furniture

  • Phone services

  • Professional membership fees

Reports using the AYY report template are due at the 6 month and year mark. Additional reports are required if a no-cost extension is approved.

  • The proposal should be typed and double-spaced in 11-point Arial font (no more than five pages). See the Development Grant for an example..

    Include the following sections in the Development Grant proposal: 

    • Proposal abstract (250-word limit)
    • Project purpose and study objectives
      • A statement on how this Development Grant funding will lead to the next grant submission, as well as advance the investigators’ future research in aging.
      • A list of the collaborating investigators from UMB and UCR and their roles on the project.
    • Background and references
    • Methods and research plan, including how ongoing partnership between UMB and UCR will be facilitated
    • Impact of Development Grant on developing and sustaining a research partnership between UCR and UMB and the impact on the field of gerontology
    • Timeline (consider need for IRB approval)
    • Budget and budget justification
    • Letters of support from partners, e.g. UCR faculty and community organizations (optional but encouraged)

  • Applications will be peer-reviewed, evaluated, and scored using the following criteria:

    • Relevance to AYY. Is there a likelihood of the Development Grant leading to a research partnership between UMB and UCR? Are there clear plans to move the project through to the next step of funding?

    • Investigator(s)’ capabilities and likelihood of success. Is there evidence of success in previous research activities, grant awards, and publication history of at least one investigator? Are optional letters of support from collaborators representative of strong collaborative intent?

    • Soundness of the Approach and Methods

    • Scientific Impact in the field of aging and gerontology, novelty, and merit

    • Feasibility of sustained research partnership within defined budget period

    • Potential for additional funding to further expand the research partnership and Development Grant endeavors      

    • Does the budget clearly define the resources necessary to complete the research project?