UTHeath Consortium on Aging

Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation
Annual Symposium on Aging Research Pitch Competition
Request for Proposals 2021

Description of Program

A goal of the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation Endowment to Support Aging Research and Education is to integrate studies across the schools of the UT Health Science Center, increase collaboration and cooperation between school faculties, and foster translational projects.

The Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation Endowment announces a competition for a $10,000 award to support aging research-focused studies by junior faculty (Instructor and Assistant Professor Level) investigators at UTHealth. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for pilot work that will help faculty be successful in obtaining larger extramural grants. 


  1. Project proposals must address aging-related conditions and issues related to understanding their underlying mechanisms and/or management. Clinical and basic science, research will be considered.
  2. The proposed studies must be interdisciplinary and collaborative and should, if appropriate, be representative of Houston’s ethnically diverse community. Proposals involving collaborations between basic scientists and clinicians will receive a more favorable rating. Collaborations between two faculty are encouraged but up to four collaborators with significant contribution to the study will be considered.
  3. Preference will be given to proposals from principal investigators who are junior faculty with innovative research studies that are previously unfunded. Junior faculty applicants are encouraged to work with a senior faculty mentor in submitting the proposal and, if awarded, in carrying out the study.
  4. Applicants should be members of the Consortium on Aging or propose a project including a Consortium member as a collaborator. Applications will also be accepted from non-members without collaborating Consortium members; if awarded a grant, the awardee is expected to become a member of the Consortium on Aging.
  5. Non-allowable budget expenses are 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.

 Application procedure

Applications must contain:

I.  Proposal*.

Size limit: 2 pages, single spaced, including Figures and up to 10 references.
Font: Calibri, size 11. Margins: 0.5”.
Proposal should include the following information:

  1. Title / PI / Institution
  2. Background / problem / significance
  3. Hypothesis / proposed solution to the problem
  4. Approach to address the problem / hypothesis
  5. Potential impact for translation / continuation
  6. Current resources available
  7. Description of expenses to be covered by the grant
  8. Description of the collaborator’s roles.
  9. References

*Preliminary data are encouraged but not required.

 II.  Full CV for each PI including educational background, publications, funding history.

 Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file. 

Application deadline is October 1, 2021. 

Send completed applications to:  James Booker James.Booker@uth.tmc.edu


Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Consortium on Aging Executive Committee. Based on the Committee’s recommendations, the top three finalists will present a 10-minute presentation of their pitch at the virtual Annual Symposium on Aging Research on October 26, 2021 at which the attendees will vote on the three pitch presentations. The finalist will be announced at the conclusion of the Symposium.

Expectations of Awardees

Awardees are expected to:

  1. Complete their research studies within 1 year of the award, or demonstrate substantial progress towards completion of the study.
  2. Provide quarterly reports delineating the previous accomplishments, progress towards measurable goals, detailed accounting of all expenditures, and the plan for the next quarter.
  3. Notify the Consortium of Aging of any significant budget changes.
  4. Notify the Consortium of Aging and IRB of any significant protocol changes.
  5. Disseminate their results through a minimum of one presentation and/or publication.
  6. Participate in a presentation for the Board of the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation.