Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Deepika Laddu is authorized to submit, Department of Physical Therapy

Program Summary

Program Summary

This FOA supports applications for Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs), centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research education to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons. The OAIC awards are designed to develop or strengthen awardee institutions’ programs that focus and sustain progress on a key area in aging research related to the mission of the OAIC program.


To achieve the objectives listed above, each OAIC should promote a sustained research program in an area of focus through which the Center will accomplish the innovation, leadership, collaborative, and research education functions described above. It is crucial to the design of an OAIC to identify an important research area to be addressed, to specify the goals to be achieved within the five-year OAIC award period, to provide a plan to reach these goals, and to outline a method to evaluate progress toward these goals during the course of the OAIC award. The selection of core activities (see below) should follow from these considerations.

An OAIC may select an area of research focus from a broad range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Aging–related issues concerning a specific condition contributing to loss of independence in older persons (e.g., role of aging changes in the etiology of the condition; special issues in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of the condition in old age; complications, disability, or symptoms from the condition found principally in older persons).
  • Causes, assessment, prevention, and treatment (including rehabilitation) of a specific type of disability in older persons.
  • Causes, prevention, and treatment of geriatric syndromes (e.g., sarcopenia, falls, incontinence) that are related to multiple pathologies and/or disabilities.
  • Specific aging-related physiologic changes, other risk factors, and/or interventions (e.g., physical activity) that affect risk for multiple conditions or disabilities in old age.
  • Interactions of multiple diseases, disabilities, and interventions (e.g., medications) in older persons, and their relationship to risk of morbidity, progression of disability, and efficacy of prevention or treatment strategies.
  • Factors contributing to amelioration or delay of multiple deleterious aging changes by modulating risk factors or fundamental aging mechanisms.


Successful applicants will receive support through the P30 Center Core Grant activity code and a linked RL5 award supporting the Research Education Component (REC).


Up to $150,000 in first-year direct costs may be requested for LAC activities. The LAC budget should include travel expenses for OAIC personnel to attend the annual OAIC Investigators meeting.

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
June 15, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
October 19, 2017

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.