FAER GEMSSTAR Grants aim to supplement the two-year NIA scientific awards with support for simultaneous career development activities.


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) offers a Grant for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR). The goal of the two-year NIA GEMSSTAR is to provide support for early career physician-investigators trained in medical or surgical specialties and early career dentist-scientists to launch careers as future leaders in aging- or geriatric-focused research.

Applying to the NIA’s GEMSSTAR program involves submission of an application to the NIA for a small research project using the R03 mechanism. Physician investigators interested in GEMSSTAR are highly encouraged to submit a Professional Development Plan (PDP) along with their application. This is where FAER comes in. 


While the inclusion of a PDP is highly encouraged when submitting a GEMSSTAR application to the NIA using the R03 mechanism, funding for the PDP is not covered by the R03 award. Instead, funding for the PDP is most often supported by a research foundation related to the specialty of the applicant. The FAER GEMSSTAR Grant supports anesthesiology-focused NIA GEMSSTARs by supplementing the research project funding provided by the R03 with concurrent funding for the associated PDP. The PDP supports the primary investigator by funding activities to support their education in training and techniques as a physician-investigator.

Research Areas: All research topics related to aging and funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA)

Eligibility: New Investigators with R03 GEMSSTAR awards from the National Institute of Aging (NIA)

Funding Amount and Duration: $50,000 over two years

Research Time: 75%

Application Deadlines: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

To apply for the FAER GEMSSTAR Grant, access the link below. Please contact the FAER office should you have any questions about the FAER GEMSSTAR Grant.

Apply for the FAER GEMSSTAR


Contact the FAER office at [email protected] if you have any questions about the FAER GEMSSTAR Grant.