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Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services Center

2021 Virtual Workshop for Early Stage Investigators 

Part 1: July 20–22, 2021 12 - 4 pm ET 

Part 2: October 12 - 13 - 1 – 4 p.m. ET and 1 – 3 p.m. ET

Applications were due March 15, 2021 and are now closed. 

The 2021 Virtual HEADS Summer Workshop will convene early-stage scientists who are designing studies relating to family and unpaid caregiving to persons with dementia that involve the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and/or its National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) platform with a focus on advancing developing funding proposals for external funding and analyses for peer-review publication.   

Post-doctoral research fellows and junior faculty who meet the criteria of early-stage investigators and are committed to building a research career related to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) are invited to submit applications to participate in the Summer Workshop. The selection of applications will prioritize studies that address the Center’s two themes: 

  1. To identify and quantify the range of care needs of persons with ADRD and the economic consequences of ADRD for patients and families. 

  1. To examine how the organization, financing, and delivery of services affects accessibility, affordability, quality, and equity of ADRD care.  

The HEADS Center and its Summer Workshop are made possible through an award by the National Institute on Aging (P30AG066587).   

Application Guidelines and Process 

Eligibility criteria:  Eligible applicants will include post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty with a terminal degree who are committed to a career in economics and health services research related to ADRD and meet NIH criteria for being an early-stage investigator.  Applicants from under-represented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Application process: Applicants must provide a cover letter describing their motivation for attending the workshop, NIH-style biosketch, a two-page description of their proposed research using the NHATS and NSOC, and two professional letters of reference.  The two-page description of the proposed research should include research aims, preliminary methods and proposed approach, as well as issues for which additional support and knowledge would be most beneficial. The cover letter and two-page description of the proposed research should be formatted using ½” margins and 11-point Arial font. 

Selection criteria: Applications will be reviewed based on the qualifications of the investigator, thematic fit with the HEADS Center, significance of the proposed study, and potential promise of the study in leading to publication and/or external funding. 

The application due date is March 15, 2021 11:59 PM (EST) and should be submitted via email to Nadia Hay, HEADS Center Program Manager,