Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation Geriatric Studies for Junior Faculty Program

Request for Proposals 2018

Description of Program

The goal of the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation Endowment to Support Geriatric Research and Education is to integrate geriatrics studies across all the schools of the health science center, increase collaboration and cooperation between school faculties, instill geriatrics studies into all student curriculum, and foster future geriatrics practitioners.

The Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation Endowment to Support Geriatric Research and Education Program will provide $10,000 per year, with grants in amounts up to $5,000 to support gerontology-focused studies by junior faculty 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 issues. Clinical, basic science, health service or policy research will be considered. In addition, projects may relate to specific patient or caregiver issues, including education or community outreach.
  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. 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. Proposals with evidence of involvement of a senior faculty mentor will receive a more favorable rating.
  4. 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.
  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 study.
  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.
  5. Disseminate their results through a minimum of one presentation and/or publication.
  6. Participate in a presentation for the officers of the Harry E. Bovay, Jr. Foundation, if requested.

Application procedure

Application deadline is September 16, 2018.  To apply, complete this brief application form and send the 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.