CAPS Texas Center on Aging and Population SciencesProposal Deadline: February 16, 2024

We invite investigators to submit proposals for pilot funding to support research projects focused on LGBTQ+ population aging. These pilot research projects would be funded for the period from July 1, 2025 through June 30, 2026. Pilot projects may be funded up to $40,000 in direct costs. Guidelines for the proposal format are indicated below.

Note that we will be submitting these proposals in 2024 to be funded in the summer of 2025, 15 months later.

Questions may be addressed to:
Karen Fingerman, or Debra Umberson,

Submit proposals to
Subject: Attn: Pilot Project Proposal

Pilot Project Goals

We seek cutting-edge research to illuminate how biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors intersect throughout the life course to generate disparities in health and well-being at older ages in LGBTQ+ populations. The focus of these pilot proposals is limited to LGBTQ+ populations and aging.

Proposals will be given priority that address:

  • Life course precursors of later life health and well-being
  • Family demography, social engagement, and social isolation
  • Place and health including neighborhoods, geographic region, and other indicators of place

Pilot projects should be designed to support the development of a larger research project that will be submitted under an NIA grant mechanism (R03, R01, R21). Pilot projects are not intended to support work to complete a study or as an addendum to an existing project. NIA considers the success rate of grants submitted from the pilot projects when making decisions about funding future CAPS pilot projects.

Further details and the application process for the pilot projects may be found here.

Our existing pilot projects can be found here: