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Research Education Component (REC) Scholars Program

Our center is soliciting letters of interest from junior investigators seeking training in Alzheimer’s disease research. Our Research Education Component (REC) Scholars Program will provide selected investigators with training, education, and mentoring to achieve academic success in Alzheimer’s disease research.


Junior faculty and advanced postdoctoral fellows, including those new to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD), are encouraged to submit Letters of Interest. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive support. Selected applicants will undergo mentored research experiences that develop state-of-the-art research skills related to ADRD. Individuals from underrepresented groups and from fields outside of ADRD are encouraged to apply.


Applicants will be eligible to receive up to $35,000 per year. Funds may be used for salary, fringe benefits, coursework, travel, and research project-related expenses. Awards may be renewable for a second year.

Research and Education Focus

This opportunity will provide trainees with a structured opportunity to become effective in leading cross-disciplinary, translational, team-science projects on ADRD. The program will support research educational activities to complement the training of a workforce to meet the nation's research needs in ADRD.

Resource Cores

The ADRC includes six Cores in addition to the Research and Education core sponsoring this training, which can provide investigators with consultation, education, access to participants, biomarkers, and samples. The cores and the services they provide are:

  • Outreach, Recruitment and Engagement Core
    • Can assist with community-based participatory research studies, and studies developing or evaluating participant recruitment strategies
  • Clinical Core
    • Provides access to ADRC participants, and clinical and neuropsychological data on participants.
  • Data Management and Statistical Core
    • Can assist with study design, selection of study measures, and statistical analysis methods.
  • Biomarker/Neuroimaging Core
    • Can provide data on existing biomarkers or neuroimaging measures, or assist in the acquisition of new measures.
  • Neuropathology Core
    • Can provide data on neuropathological findings; or perform novel histopathological analyses
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Core
    • Assists with “disease-in-a-dish” models using human transformed cells.

See more about the SMADRC cores.

Interested Candidates

Please submit:

  • An approximately one-page letter of intent describing your ADRD related research and indicate how this award will further your career development goals and objectives.
  • NIH-format bio-sketch with narrative and other support.

Evaluation Criteria

Likelihood to achieve scientific independence in ADRD research through support of REC.


Completed letters are due by Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 5 pm PT and should be submitted to Emily Little We expect to review letters and notify applicants rather quickly following this deadline.


For questions, contact:

Emily Little, MPH