Pilot Projects

Pilot Projects

Special Request for Application (RFA)

Pilot Projects Awards

Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging


The Jackson Center for Aging Research is accepting applications for Pilot Research Projects in the biology of aging utilizing currently available aged male and female C57BL/6J mice (3-24 months of age) from Jackson’s Nathan Shock Center. These projects will be carried out by highly trained Aging Center Research Assistants skilled in aged mouse phenotyping techniques. For a list of available ages and phenotyping assays, prior consultation with the Director of the Development Core, Ron Korstanje (ron.korstanje@jax.org), is strongly advised.

Applications from outside The Jackson Laboratory are encouraged. Junior Faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply for Pilot Projects. Postdoctoral fellows cannot serve as Principal Investigators for pilot projects. However, they may receive support via faculty sponsors.

Due to the need to manage aged mouse colonies efficiently, opportunities for phenotyping and intervention testing with aged mice require advanced planning. 

Applications are due by January 31st, 2020

 Applications must include:

  • Cover letter which addresses the following questions:

    • How does this research specifically relate to the biology of aging?

    • Need for Support: justify why this work cannot be completed with your existing resources

    • Anticipated impact of the Pilot Award on future plans and funding

  • NIH Style Biosketch

  • One-page description of your research plan and its significance.

Submit the cover letter and application electronically in PDF or Word format to: Joyce Billings, joyce.billings@jax.org.