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American Federation for Aging Research

Manager: Cheryl Mirer
Priority: Open


Established in 1981 in NY.


aging, geriatrics research, gerontology, medical research


Giving on a national basis.


Year ended 2012-12-31

Assets: $34,846,814 (market value)

Gifts received: $12,274,330

Expenditures: $9,501,739

Total giving: $6,993,830

Qualifying distributions: N/A

Giving activities include:

$6,383,717 for 56 grants (high: $553,812; low: $10,000)

$235,078 for grants to individuals


The goal of the Glenn/AFAR BIG program is to provide timely support to a small number of research projects that are building on early discoveries that show translational potential for clinically-relevant strategies, treatments and therapeutics, addressing human aging and health span. Full-time faculty members at the rank of Assistant Professor or higher who can demonstrate a strong record of independence are eligible. Two two-year grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded.

This program encourages outstanding mid-career scientists whose research has the potential for high payoff in advancing our understanding of basic aging. Up to two four-year awards of $550,000 will be awarded.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA), The John A. Hartford Foundation, and the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NINDS) are collaborating on this initiative to sustain and promote the research careers of clinically trained individuals who are pursuing research careers in aging.