Description of Program

The goal of the Interprofessional Geriatric Education Program is to train health care professionals across disciplines to create a pipeline of experts with access to the latest advances in care and prevention for older adult patients.

The Geriatric Interprofessional Education Program, Funded by the Tasajillo Foundation, will provide $10,000 toward grants in amounts up to $5,000 to support gerontology-focused educational projects by faculty at UTHealth, with preference given to applicants from UTHealth schools without an established geriatric curriculum. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for educational projects or interventions that will help train more professionals in geriatric best practices. 


  1. Project proposals must address aging-related issues.
  2. Consistent with the guiding principles of the Consortium on Aging, the proposed studies must be interdisciplinary and collaborative and should, if appropriate, be representative of Houston’s ethnically diverse community.
  3. Applicants should be members of the Consortium on Aging. However, applications will be accepted from non-members and, if awarded a grant, the awardee is expected to become a member of the Consortium on Aging.
  4. Applications are accepted from UTHealth faculty only (due to fund type).
  5. Non-allowable budget expenses include travel expenses and computer equipment. All funds must be spent within the United States.
  6. The application does not require approval from the Office of Sponsored Projects and does not require Review and Approval (R&A) forms. The application does require a brief statement of approval and signature of the department chair.

Expectations of Awardees

Awardees are expected to:

  1. Complete their research studies by September 30, 2019, or demonstrate reasonable progress towards completion of the project.
  2. Provide brief bimonthly status reports delineating the previous two months’ accomplishments, progress towards measurable goals, detailed accounting of all expenditures, and the plan for the next months.
  3. Notify the Consortium of Aging of any significant budget changes.
  4. Notify the Consortium of Aging and IRB of any significant protocol changes (if applicable).
  5. Disseminate their results through a minimum of one presentation and/or publication.

Application procedure

Application deadline is September 16, 2018.  To apply, complete this brief application form and send completed application to Joan Hernandez-McClain.

Notification of Awards

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Consortium on Aging Executive Committee. Based on the Committee’s recommendations, the Executive Director of the Consortium on Aging will make the final determination of grant awards. All applicants will receive notification of the status of their proposals by October 15, 2018.