Funding (subcontract): John A. Hartford Foundation, 2015-2016 (Award Agreement)
The University of Michigan (UM) Geriatrics Center proposal to the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) for Hartford Foundation Center of Excellence in Geriatrics (Hartford CoE) support builds on the success of previous funding and will continue to focus on the development of current and future junior faculty to meet the current national need for academic leaders in geriatrics. The UM has in place a superb infrastructure for the support of people taking the first steps towards an academic career in geriatrics and has established a strong track record of academic training in geriatrics. For example, of over 60 junior faculty who have received career development support from the Geriatrics Center since 2001, all but three continue in academic careers and at least 10 have been promoted to Associate Professor or above.
We propose to emphasize established and successful career development activities for junior faculty in the proposed next year of support as a Hartford CoE: partial salary support. We propose to use Hartford CoE support for the coming year for a promising junior academic geriatrician and also to provide small pilot grants for 4 junior faculty. However, the Hartford CoE support will be used in the context of a much larger geriatrics academic career development program which targets promising junior faculty throughout UM. Participation in the broader program helps Hartford funded junior faculty by creating opportunities for synergy and collaboration in research, while avoiding professional isolation. Leadership of the proposed program will be provided by Dr. Raymond Yung, Chief of the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine and Director of the UM Institute of Gerontology.