Pilot Awards

Pilot Award Status Announcement:

Due to ongoing circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOA Pilot Awards program is currently paused. Please check back periodically for updates. 

Each year, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute on Aging (IOA) and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) fund several one-year multidisciplinary pilot grants, pending availability of funds, to support biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral or health services research, as well as basic science, clinical or psychosocial research. The pilots supported by funding from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) to the IOA, focus on aging and aging-related diseases as well as healthy aging. The pilots funded by Penn’s ADCC focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related neurodegenerative disorders as well as healthy brain aging.

“Support from the IOA/ADCC Pilot program has catalyzed the ability of my lab to investigate new questions at the intersection of sleep and aging. I encourage other junior faculty to take advantage of this opportunity, and in doing so, join the incredible community of aging researchers at Penn.” – Matthew S. Kayser, MD, PhD, Pilot Awardee FY 2019