Geriatric Academic Career Awards

To increase the number of junior faculty at accredited schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine and to promote the development of their careers as academic geriatricians.

Awards provide financial incentives for junior faculty to pursue academic careers in geriatrics.

Examples of Funded Projects

Recipients of the Geriatric Academic Career Awards have chosen a wide range of topics in geriatric care to devote to their teaching including, for example: overall geriatric assessment; geriatric rehabilitation; interdisciplinary care for the chronically ill and the development of chronic disease state "glide paths"; effective clinical teaching of palliative care for the elderly; geropharmacy and nutrition; acute care of the elderly; culturally competent care of the elderly; infection control interventions in long-term care; development of reviews on organ system normative aging; special issues in the delivery of rural health care by family practitioners and in the design and implementation of community-based programs that allow the frail elderly to remain in their homes.

Awardee activities include traditional academic activities such as curriculum development and participation in administrative duties at their medical schools; providing care and teaching in a wide range of clinical settings; clinical research; participating in educational programs to build their own skills; providing continuing education to already practicing health professionals and working with other sponsored health education programs.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - CDR Young Song, Senior Program Management Consultant, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 8C-26, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6333.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

FY 07, 88 new competing awards; FY 08, 87 non-competing continuation awards; and FY 09 an estimated 87 non-competing continuation awards are expected.

Uses and Use Restrictions

As provided by Section 753(c)(5) of the authorizing legislation, an individual receiving an award under this subsection shall provide training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals.

The provision of such training shall constitute at least 75 percent of the obligations for individuals under this award.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An individual must be: (1) Board certified or Board eligible in internal medicine, family practice, or psychiatry; (2) have completed an approved fellowship program in geriatrics; and (3) have a junior faculty appointment at an accredited school of medicine (allopathic or osteopathic medicine).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Junior faculty at an accredited school of medicine (allopathic or osteopathic medicine).


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Professions. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award issued from the Headquarters Office.

Deadlines .


Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 753(c), 42 U.S.C. 294c, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Final decisions are made within 4 to 6 months after receipt of applications.




Progress reports must be submitted each year. Awards are continued for up to five years depending on satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are for 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


A final report must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the project period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $6,077,342; FY 08 $6,034,659; and FY 09 est $6,287,937.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 07: Each award was $64,153 and in FY 08 each award was $65,629; and in FY 09 each awardee will receive an estimated $67,139.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

CDR Young Song, Senior Program Management Consultant, Division of Nursing, Health Resources and Services Administration, Room 8C-26, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6333.

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Extent to which the applicant's career goals as identified in the career development plan meet the purpose of the Geriatric Academic Career Award to develop into an academic geriatrician who emphasizes teaching geriatrics, including teaching interdisciplinary teams; (2) the extent to which the applicant's previous training and experience will contribute to the achievement of the goals, objectives, and plans described in the applicant's Career Development Plan; and (3) the commitment and expertise of the mentor and institution to provide a supportive environment for the achievement of the applicant's career goals and willingness to meet reporting requirements.

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