Community-Based Grant Research Program


The University of Virginia Institute on Aging and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) are pleased to announce the availability of funding for student assistance with collaborative, community-based research in the field of aging. Student stipends in amounts up to $5,000 will be awarded for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2008 and ending June 30, 2009.

This initiative promotes one prong of the Institute's mission to enrich the lives of elders by acting as a catalyst and coordinator for aging-related research. Additionally, the community-based research program serves in part as a pathway for implementation of the 2020 Plan: Aging in Community (see /plansummary.pdf ). A resource to achieve these goals is the Viable Futures Toolkit ( ). The toolkit is a comprehensive, user-friendly resource that turns the challenges of an aging population into opportunities for all ages to thrive. It offers guidance to planners, policymakers, service providers, and funders about how to create solutions for older generations that simultaneously address needs of younger generations and their communities.

Funded projects help address the priorities of the plan, including:

  • Promoting Coordinated and Accessible Healthcare
  • Supporting Maximum Independence and Lifelong Health
  • Offering Choices: Affordable Living Options for Seniors and Support to Family Caregivers
  • Designing Communities to Enhance Quality of Life
  • Fostering Vibrant Engagement in Life
  • Strengthening Caring Communities Through Active Citizenship
  • Strengthening Intergenerational Connections

The program has supported 15 projects since it began in 2005. Projects funded in 2008 include:

Key Investigators Project

Paxton Marshall, Engineering
John Quale, Architecture

Aging in Place through Monitoring and Communication to Family Caregivers

Tim Beatley, Architecture
Andrea Larson, Darden
Erika Herz, Darden
Neal Halvorson-Taylor, JABA

Developing a Community Food System Program Serving JABA

Bethany Teachman, Psychology
Joshua Magee, Psychology

Aging and Anxiety: Intrusive Thoughts as a Barrier to Healthy Aging

View Past Projects: 2007 | 2006 | 2005


How To Apply


All full time University of Virginia faculty are eligible to apply for the research assistance grant (adjunct faculty and students can be named as co-investigators). The awards may ONLY be used for full-time UVA undergraduate or graduate student stipends for work on the CBRG project.

Application Procedures

Written proposal narratives should not exceed 3 pages. The proposal must be submitted electronically to

Proposal Narrative (not to exceed 3 pages)

  1. Title page: should include the names of faculty, student(s), and community partners participating in the project. Specific student(s) who will be doing the work can be named later, but the faculty member applying for the grant and the community partner must be named in the narrative.

  2. Summary of proposed work: should place emphasis on need/background; rationale; methodological design and data analysis; significance of study; and role of the community partner(s) in conducting the research and utilizing the research findings.

  3. Statement regarding implementation: including work start date; time line of activities; work completion date; plans to use this project as leverage for future funding.
  4. Written statement of the use of funds: should include a description of the amount and type of student assistance requested and how that assistance will support the project.

Proposals will be strengthened by focusing on the seven priority issues set forth in the 2020 Plan: Aging in Community (listed below), as well as use of the Viable Futures Toolkit point of view

  1. Promoting Coordinated and Accessible Healthcare
  2. Supporting Maximum Independence and Lifelong Health
  3. Offering Choices: Affordable Living Options for Seniors & Support to Family Caregivers
  4. Designing Communities to Enhance Quality of Life
  5. Fostering Vibrant Engagement in Life
  6. Strengthening Caring Communities Through Active Citizenship
  7. Strengthening Intergenerational Connections

Proposal Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed and rated blindly by reviewers who are selected from the Advisory Board of the Institute on Aging. Proposals will be evaluated on the following:

  1. Originality of the proposed research activities,
  2. Clarity of objectives,
  3. Practical relevance for community needs,
  4. Degree of collaboration,
  5. Identification of concrete deliverables and their potential use, and
  6. connection with the 2020 Plan and the Viable Futures Toolkit point of view .

If awarded, the following stipulations must be met:

  1. Submit a one paragraph layperson summary of your project (examples of these can be seen on the research section of the Institute's webpage at
  2. Submit the name and contact information for the fiscal administrator in the department of the principle investigator that will be handling the funds. In the event that staff transition occurs, please keep contact the Institute on Aging with the new contact.
  3. A completed original UVA Proposal Approval form with all signatures returned to Juanita Geer at the Institute on Aging.
  4. Interim reports about the status of your research as requested.
  5. Participation by someone from your research team in the annual Community Forum. The presentation will serve as the final deliverable for the project, and will be posted on the websites of the Institute on Aging and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA).

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

While IRB review and approval is not required prior to notification of a grant award, it is recommended that applicants review the IRB Research Committee policies and procedures that may aid in the development of their proposal. Please note that no funding will be released for a grant until all university approvals have been secured.


For more information about this funding opportunity, call (434) 243-5695 or email

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