Monday, September 5, 2011

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging Requests Proposals for 2012 Academic Research Grants

The Borchard Center on Law & Aging awards up to 4 grants of $20,000 each year.  This Request for Proposals is open to all interested and qualified legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals. Organizations per se, whether profit or non-profit are not eligible to apply, although they may administer the grant.  However, two or more individuals in the same institution or different institutions may submit a collaborative proposal. 

The objectives of the 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.

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.

The Center makes no more than four annual grants up to $20,000 each.  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.   Ordinarily, summer salary support will not be approved where the applicant is eligible for significant support from his or her university or other institutions.  Grant funds may not be used for university overhead or administrative charges, and the Center will not otherwise pay any such costs.

Applicants must submit an online application found on the Center’s Web site at no later than October 15, 2011. Proposals will be reviewed and grants awarded by a committee composed of the Center’s academic advisory board members, co-directors, and fellows.  Selections will be made on or about December 15, 2011.

The Research Grant Proposal should include a description of the research project, a detailed budget (including matching support), a discussion of how the research meets the objectives of the Center’s grant program, why the project is otherwise important, and a description of the intended written research product and the publication(s) to which the work product will be submitted for publication.

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 seven copies of a final written report that includes a description and chronology of the research and results, an accounting for grant funds, and 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.  Upon publication of the research product, seven reprints must be given to the Center.

For further description of the Academic Research Grant Program, the Request for Proposals, and the application form, please see the Center’s Web site at

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