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On behalf of USC Schaeffer Center’s Aging and Cognition Initiative, we are pleased to announce two funding opportunities through the Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CeASES-ADRD) & USC Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR):


  • CeASES ADRD pilot funding (for scholars of all levels and all social science disciplines) – up to $33,000
  • RCMAR pilot funding and mentorship (for junior scientists underrepresented in their discipline) – up to $25,000

CeASES ADRD is an interdisciplinary research center launched in 2020 by USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Texas Population Research Center and Stanford Health Policy. Our mission is to advance innovative social science research in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), increase and diversify the number of researchers working in the field, and disseminate findings for impact. Goals are accomplished through network meetings, workshops, pilot project support, and the annual Science of ADRD for Social Scientists Program. We encourage applications from scholars at all stages of their research career interested in social science research related to ADRD. Funding will support 3 pilot at $35K each.

USC RCMAR offers talented junior investigators, known as RCMAR scientists, funding to pursue a pilot research project, and multidisciplinary mentoring and training.  Potential RCMAR scientists may come from disciplines including but not limited to public policy, economics, computer science, medicine, gerontology and social work. We will consider scholars from academic and research institution in regions outside Southern California and states outside of California. Funding will support 3 scientists at $25K each.

Proposals for the CeASES ADRD pilot program may be submitted online by January 28, 2022: Direct questions about suitability of projects or process for CeASES ADRD to Dr. Johanna Thunell,

USC RCMAR one page Letters of Intent and CV are due February 25, 2022.  Letters will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. To apply online please click here: Applicants can also submit initial applications or questions to

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