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Academic Research Grant Program

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Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging

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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA scholars and professionals to support research projects that benefit the elderly. The purpose of this program is to promote research and scholarship about laws, public policies, and programs that will improve the lives of older adults. Funding is intended for individual or collaborative research projects that:

  • Analyze and recommend changes to one or more important existing public policies, laws, and/or programs relating to older adults; or
  • Anticipate the need for and recommend new public policies, laws, and/or programs for older adults necessitated by changes in the number and demographics of the country’s and the world’s elder populations, by advances in science and technology, by changes in the health care system, or by other developments.

Each grant recipient is required to publish a scholarly article on their research in an academic journal. Applicants are encouraged to disseminate research findings through additional channels such as conferences, stakeholder meetings, and white papers.

Grant Objectives:

The Center recognizes the need for further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for older adults (including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by language, culture, disability, lack of education, or other barriers).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181912

Number of Grants:

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging awards up to four grants each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must begin no later than June 1 and should be completed one year after commencement. No-cost extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Academic Research Grant Program is open to all interested and qualified legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals. Organizations per se are not eligible to apply, although they may administer the grant. Two or more individuals in the same institution or different institutions may submit a collaborative proposal as long as one researcher is designated the principal investigator. The principal investigator must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident of the U.S. and must be affiliated with a U.S.-based tax-exempt institution or organization such as a university, government agency, or charitable organization.

Prior and current grant recipients are eligible to apply for support for new research projects. The Foundation will not provide continued funding for previously- or currently-funded projects through multi-year grants.

Projects that are primarily educational or service-oriented will not be considered. For example, hosting a series of workshops and collecting pre- and post-surveys to measure what was learned would most likely not be considered a research project.

Grant funds may not be used for university overhead or administrative charges, and the Foundation will not otherwise pay any such costs. Grant funds may be used to pay for undergraduate or graduate student salary, but not tuition or fees. Travel costs to attend conferences are generally not funded unless participation is integral to the research project. Dissertation or thesis research is not eligible for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Online applications may be submitted starting on or about September 15 and are due on or about October 15. Selections are made on or about December 15 of each year.

Application and Grant Annual Timeline:
- Online application process available: On or about September 15
- Online application submission deadline date: October 15 (if falls during a weekend, due the following Monday)
- Application review process: October 15 through December 15
- Grant awards announced: No later than December 30
- Funds disbursed to fiscal agents: Upon receipt of signed agreement letter, generally no later than February 1
- Grant Period: May begin as early as January 1 and must begin no later than June 1; end one year from commencement unless a no-cost extension is granted
- Grant reports due: Interim report due eight months after project commencement; final report and financial accounting due three months after project completion

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Letters of support should be submitted separately and sent by email to Mary Jane Ciccarello, Director, at

Questions? E-mail Mary Jane Ciccarello, Director, at

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