2021 Request for Applications for CICADA Scientists (for July 2022 to June 2023)

Applications have now closed.

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Penn’s Center for Improving Care Delivery for the Aging (CICADA) is seeking applications for the 2021–2022 cohort of CICADA Scientists. In collaboration with Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics (LDI), CICADA seeks to enhance the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented backgrounds interested in a career focused on improving health care delivery for older adults, particularly minority older adults.

Up to three CICADA Scientists will be awarded $35,000 to conduct a 1-year research project and will receive mentoring and additional support for career development during the award period. See the CICADA webpage to learn about the full set of resources available to CICADA Scientists.

If you have any questions about the center or this RFA, please contact CICADA@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

What is CICADA?

CICADA is Penn’s NIA-funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), a national program focused on enhancing the diversity of the aging research workforce by mentoring promising scientists from under-represented groups for sustained careers in aging research in priority areas of social, behavioral, and economic research on aging, and developing infrastructure to promote advances in these areas while simultaneously increasing the number of researchers focused on health disparities and the health and well-being of minority elders.

CICADA focuses on training aging-related researchers to address issues of care quality, access, affordability, and/or equity using the methods of health economics and health services research. Because CICADA is housed within LDI, CICADA Scientists benefit from the resources available through LDI’s extensive network of mentors and scholars, research infrastructure, and translation and dissemination support.

Who Should Apply?

Applications are being accepted from post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty who are underrepresented in research. This includes (1) MD and MD/PhD clinical fellows who have completed their residency, (2) PhD postdoctoral trainees, and (3) MD/PhD, MD, and PhD junior faculty [instructors or assistant professor for less than 3 years at time of application] who are underrepresented, based on the NIH’s Diversity Statement.

Trainees must be committed to developing new research skills in health services research focused on aging. Applicants can be affiliated with any U.S. university and is not limited to those with Penn affiliations.

Resources Available to Awarded CICADA Scientists

Focus of Research Projects

Review Criteria for Pilot Projects

Application Timeline

  1. Applications are due December 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET, and can be submitted here.
  2. Candidates will be notified if they have been selected by February 1, 2022. At that time successful applicants will be asked to supply supporting documents (including, but not limited to, IRB approval, human subjects training, enrollment reporting, and other requested materials).
  3. For successful applicants, the full project proposals and supporting documents will be forwarded to the NIH/NIA for final approval by April 1, 2022.
  4. Projects will start July 1, 2022.

Application Instructions and Required Documents

Applicants must complete and submit the following required documents by December 10, 2021:

Please contact CICADA@pennmedicine.upenn.edu with any questions.