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RSSP Priority Area Pilot Grants: Announcement of FY2019-2020 Funding

One Healthy Aging: As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research, Tufts One Healthy Aging Program: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging is pleased to invite pilot project applications. The One Healthy Aging Program is a collaborative initiative that spans all schools and centers at Tufts (including Tufts Medical Center), and was initiated to stimulate and foster a “One Health,” interdisciplinary collaborative research to study/improve/enhance healthy aging. This will serve as the inaugural round of this pilot study program.

We welcome aging-related research applications from all disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants that foster interdisciplinary research and/or propose approaches from investigators who have not traditionally conducted research in the area of aging.  Both junior and senior investigators are encouraged to apply (see Eligibility for more details). It is anticipated that a maximum of 4 grants will be awarded. Please consult the program guidelines for information on program eligibility and submission requirements. Inquiries may be directed to Andrea Miller, at andrea.miller@tufts.edu. The deadline for submission to the Pilot Grants for Aging Research program is Friday January 25, 2019.

One Healthy Aging Pilot Grant Recipients for FY2019-2020:

  • Development of a system for determining the neurotoxicity of air pollutants in human brain tissue models of Alzheimer’s disease
    Principal Investigator: Neelakshi Hudda, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Polymorphonuclear leukocyte senescence in age-associated susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection
    Principal Investigators: Joan Mecsas and John Leong, Molecular Biology & Microbiology, School of Medicine
  • Study of Alzheimer’s disease using a novel bioengineered model of iPSC-derived neural tissue
    Principal Investigator: Giuseppina Tesco, Neuroscience, School of Medicine

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Tufts Global Obesity Collaborative: As part of the University’s Strategic Plan for Research, Tufts Global Obesity Collaborative (T-GOC) is a new initiative to foster collaborations on topics relating to obesity across Tufts University, with a focus on both domestic and global obesity. Pilot Grants for Obesity Research is a funding opportunity provided by T-GOC. Small seed funding ($500 to $1,500) for obesity related projects are available. All types of applications from junior and senior faculty are encouraged. It is anticipated that a maximum of 2 grants will be awarded through this mechanism.  Inquiries may be directed to Shanti.Sharma@tufts.edu. The deadline for submission to the Pilot Grants for Obesity Research program is Friday January 25, 2019.  Researchers should submit their proposals to Shanti.Sharma@tufts.edu. Detailed guidelines can be found here.

T-GOC activities are already underway and investigators interested in becoming part of this initiative are encouraged to participate in activities throughout the year, including monthly TED talks and student-led journal clubs. Contact Shanti Sharma (Shanti.Sharma@tufts.edu) for more information. In addition, there will be other opportunities to apply for seed funding throughout the year.

Tufts Global Obesity Collaborative Pilot Grant Recipients for FY2019-2020:

  • The Tufts Longitudinal Health Study (TLHS)
    Principal Investigator: Daniel Hatfield, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Effect of counselor characteristics on participant weight loss and adherence to a behavioral weight loss intervention
    Principal Investigator: Maria Carlota Dao, Energy Metabolism Laboratory, HNRCA