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-scientists 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 scientists interested in GEMSSTAR are highly encouraged to submit a Professional Development Plan (PDP) along with their application. This is where FAER comes in.


While 2020 applications for the NIA GEMSSTAR using the R03 mechanism closed on November 13, 2020 (11/13/2020), applications for the NIA GEMSSTAR will reopen in 2021.

We encourage any who have applied for an NIA GEMSSTAR using the R03 mechanism already to consider applying to FAER for concurrent support of your PDP through the FAER GEMSSTAR. Any who have not already applied for an NIA GEMSSTAR but are interested are encouraged to keep this opportunity in mind in 2021.


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-scientist.

Research Areas

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


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




Two years

Research Time


Deadline Dates

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

GEMSSTAR applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information on the FAER GEMSSTAR Grant, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, please contact the FAER office.


The Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center provides a national platform for clinicians focusing their careers on aging research in order to improve patient-centered care for older adults across specialties and disciplines. For more information on Clin-STAR, visit our Resources for Researchers page.


Contact the FAER office at (630) 912-2554 or

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