Invitation to NIA-funded CHECA Scientist Program

UIC’s new Center for Health Equity in Cognitive Aging – Joining Population Science and Health Promotion (CHECA) is looking for early career investigators who are interested in a career development program that includes pilot funding.

The deadline for Letter of Intent submission is fast approaching.

We invite applications from early career faculty from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, who would be interested in enhancing their knowledge of behavioral and social pathways to AD/ADRD in the context of dementia care and caregiving. Funds are available for investigator-initiated research projects to enhance the well-being of adults aging with or at risk for AD/ADRD and those who care for them.

CHECA is one of the 18 Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) of NIH. CHECA aims to enhance research and mentoring infrastructure at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and to promote a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible aging research community in social and behavioral sciences on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD). The CHECA Scientist program involves pilot research funding, workshop participation, and mentoring as they relate to cognitive aging.

Letter of Intent (LOI) submission by Monday, January 8, 2024 here. LOI is strongly recommended but not binding nor required for submitting a brief proposal which is due by Wednesday, January 31, 2024. Further information on the program eligibility and requirements, resources available, and submission instructions for the letter of intent is included in the program announcement provided in the below link. (‘‘); More information will be available in early January 2024.