Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Funding and Workshops

Funding and Workshops


Research Development Core

Research Development Core

The goal of the SD-NSC Research Development Core is to provide support for the career development of junior researchers entering the field of basic aging biology, as well as for established investigators who wish to join the field of aging research. The resources and activities offered include the option to:

  • Launch new heterogeneity of aging research projects through a pilot grant funding program that take advantage of the SD-NSC Human Cell Models of Aging, Heterogeneity of Aging, and Integrative Models of Aging research resource cores. Five-six pilot grants of $15,000 each will be available (details to be released soon).
  • Receive training in SD-NSC’s Human Cell Models of Aging, Heterogeneity of Aging, and Integrative Models of Aging research cores. This training will be offered yearly as a one-day workshop following the La Jolla Aging Meeting. The first workshop will be held March 26, 2021 and will include hands-on/virtual visits to the SD-NSC scientific cores to cover practical applications of new and emerging technologies for aging research. The day will conclude with a module on grant writing. Each core also will provide hands-on training for pilot grant awardees.
  • Establish a personalized mentoring program between junior and senior members of NSCs and beyond. There will be two ways to enter this program. The first is by winning a pilot grant (see above). In this case, a mentor with expertise in the proposed research will be made available for the awardee. A second is by creating mentor-mentee pairs within SD-NSC and other NSCs, and beyond where possible. Such pairing will be facilitated by “speed-dating” events at the NSC annual meeting, or other aging meetings where the SD-NSC will run a workshop to help pair mentors and mentees with mutual research interests.