Request for Proposals for 2019 Academic Research Grants

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The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2019 Academic Research Grants

Legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals are invited to submit research proposals to The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging. The objectives of the Academic Research Grants are to further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws, and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers.

Up to four grants of a maximum of $20,000 each will be awarded. The Center expects grantees to meet the objectives of the grant program through individual or collaborative research projects that analyze and recommend changes in one or more important existing public policies, laws, and/or programs relating to the elderly; or, anticipate the need for and recommend new public policies, laws, and/or programs for the elderly necessitated by changes in the number and demographics of the country’s and the world’s elderly populations, by advances in science and technology, by changes in the health care system, or by other developments. It is expected that the research product will be publishable in a first-rate journal.

Larger budgets using outside matching funds are encouraged but not required. Favorable weight is given to proposals that indicate, where appropriate, that active attempts will be made to solicit required additional funds for the project (including a list of sources to be approached). Grant funds may be used for the approved budget purposes, which may include reasonable compensation for the principal investigator(s), consultant(s), and research assistant(s), print and computer-based research materials, and other necessary expenses. Faculty salary support will not be approved other than for (1) summer when the applicant is not eligible for summer support from their university or (2) buying out a course. Grant funds may not be used for dissertation research, student tuition or fees, or university overhead or administrative charges, and the Center will not otherwise pay any such costs.

Proposals must be submitted by one or more individual researchers who will be responsible for carrying out the project. Researchers may be affiliated with the same or different institutions. Grant funds must be administered by an academic, government, or other non-profit organization. Evidence of federal tax-exempt status is required before funds will be released.

The on-line application form on the Center’s website,, will be available after September 15, 2018. Applications should be submitted no later than October 15, 2018. Selections will be made on or about December 15, 2018.

Proposals should include a narrative description of the research project (5 pages maximum), including how the research meets the objectives of the Center’s grant program, why the project is otherwise important, a description of the intended written research product, the publication(s) to which the work product will be submitted for publication, and a statement if IRB approval is required. Required attachments are a project timeline, detailed budget (including matching support), curriculum vitae of the principal investigator(s), and federal tax exemption letter evidencing the administrating organization is a 501(c)(3) organization not classified as a private foundation.

Upon completion of the research project, but not later than December 31 of the year following the award (unless the committee, for good cause, extends the completion date), grantees must submit by email a final written report that includes a description and chronology of the research and results, an accounting for grant funds, and electronic copies of any publications or products developed. In addition, a short written progress and status report must be submitted not later than June 30 of the year the award is granted.

For further description of the Academic Research Grant Program, the Request for Proposals, and the application form (available as of September 15, 2018), please see the Center’s Web site at