UAHS Extends Deadline for CHiiLi/Aging and Resilience Career Development Awards, Pilot Funding Applications to Dec. 10

Science of Aging - trees changing colorsApplicants for a University of Arizona Health Sciences and UA College of Medicine – Tucson internal pilot competitive submission of projects in aging research offering two levels of funding ($75,000 and $35,000) announced in August now have until 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, to submit applications. The original submission deadline was Oct. 1. That deadline was extended in early November.

The Aging and Resilience Research pilot projects competition is designed to facilitate aging research and to foster new generations of investigators at the University of Arizona to address significant aging research questions. This activity is the core of the CHiiLi program – the research “Consortium to Hasten recovery from Injury and Infection in older adults Leading to Independence” (CHiiLi). Funded participants will be part of the CHiiLi scholars program, working collaboratively to create synergies by sharing research findings and research plans as well as participating in the Aging and Resilience Seminar Series.

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson and UAHS have prioritized key research themes of aging research. These themes center around rescue and recovery from injury and infection, and include underserved populations and health disparities. Research must focus on basic, translational or clinical themes; health services research is not eligible. Specific examples include, but are not limited to investigations of the following processes and conditions using aging populations and aging related animal models or cell lines:

  • Immune parameters
  • Pain
  • Sepsis
  • Respiratory
  • Trauma


  • Focus on research in rescue and recovery from injury and infection in aging across diverse populations
  • Uses preferably one of the above five categories of processes and conditions; combining these categories would be particularly advantageous
  • Two types of support can be requested (outlined below). You may apply for both support mechanisms, but can only be awarded 1. Please indicate your preference in your Introduction.

o CHiiLi Career Development Award

■ Eligible participants: MD or Ph.D. junior faculty (assistant professor level)
■ 1-year independent research project with a mentorship team
■ Identify a mentorship team
■ Budget: $75,000 maximum

– In-kind or departmental support for at least 25% protected time is required to ensure completion of the goals of the project.

o CHiiLi Pilot Experimental Scientific Projects (PESP)

■ Eligible participants: MD or Ph.D. at any level. Ph.D.
■ 1-year independent research project
■ Must include aging research expertise in the investigation team
■ Budget: $35,000 maximum


Full Submission (if selected): Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.


CHiiLi Internal RFAFollow standard NIH formatting guidelines. Please submit documents listed in PDF below along with application to:

Above information and additional details on project submission documents also can be found here (or click on image at left): chiili-internal-rfa_2018.pdf

CHiiLi Program organizers – Mindy J. Fain, MD; Janko Nikolich- Žugich, MD, PhD; Zhao Chen, PhD, MPH; Sairam Parthasarathy, MD; and Karen LutrickAmong Aging and Resilience/CHiiLi Program organizers: Mindy J. Fain, MD; Janko Nikolich- Žugich, MD, PhD; Zhao Chen, PhD, MPH; Sairam Parthasarathy, MD; and Karen Lutrick.

For questions, contact or (520) 626-2526.

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Release Date: 
11/19/2018 - 5:00pm