Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality

Supporting breakthrough research on ovarian aging and women in science through funding, training, infrastructure and collaborative intellectual networks.

With the establishment of the Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (CRLE) at the Buck Institute, we’ve pioneered the first facility that focuses solely on female aging as it relates to equality. Now, in collaboration with the Bia-Echo Foundation, the Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality (GCRLE) is soliciting applications from investigators worldwide for two-year projects focused broadly on understanding female reproductive aging. The goal of this initiative is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field. Applicants are encouraged in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding mechanisms of female reproductive aging from development through menopause. Funding mechanisms include senior scholar awards, junior scholar awards, pilot awards, and postdoctoral fellowships. Download the RFA for all award types here.

Notice of deadline extension to February 18, 2020, 11:59pm EST!

Key points for GCRLE grant applications:

  • The scientific narrative of the application is 2-pages and does not require pilot data or experimental results.
  • Total award includes indirect costs.
  • Investigators without a background in reproductive aging are welcome to apply, but should include a detailed description of how the relevant expertise will be acquired.
  • Clinical research is within scope, clinical trials are out of scope.

Notice of deadline extension to February 18, 2020, 11:59pm EST!!

Download: Request for Applications (all awards)

The awards are open to researchers based at both national and international accredited academic and nonprofit research institutions. Funding mechanisms include:

Senior Faculty Awards ($400,000 per year) – to support established investigators who are thought leaders in their fields and are recognized for substantial contributions of creative and productive research. We will seek to complement other major funders of research by placing emphasis on projects that may not be supported by traditional sources because of their perceived novelty or high risk, or because the investigator is moving into female reproductive aging from a different research area.

Download: Senior Scholar Award Application Instructions

Junior Faculty Awards ($250,000 per year) – to support newly independent investigators with outstanding promise when they are establishing their own labs and are malleable in the direction of their research. These awards will allow bright young scientists to pursue bold ideas when they are at their most scientifically creative.

Download: Junior Scholar Award Application Instructions

Pilot Awards ($100,000 per year) – to foster innovative collaborative or novel research projects that have the potential for high impact and high reward at an accelerated rate. These awards will allow collection of preliminary data to apply for larger grants.

Download: Pilot Award Application Instructions

Postdoctoral Fellowships ($100,000 per year) – to increase the number of imaginative, well-trained junior scientists who will form the next generation of reproductive aging researchers. These awards will facilitate our efforts to build the field and provide both training and networking opportunities for trainees.

Download: Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Instructions

For more information and to apply, view our application portal.

Key points for GCRLE grant applications:

  • The scientific narrative of the application is 2-pages and does not require pilot data or experimental results.
  • Total award includes indirect costs.
  • Investigators without a background in reproductive aging are welcome to apply, but should include a detailed description of how the relevant expertise will be acquired.
  • Clinical research is within scope, clinical trials are out of scope.

 

 

DECEMBER 23, 2019 Application portal opens
FEBRUARY 18, 2020 Applications due at 11:59pm EST! (subject to change)
MARCH 2020 Earliest notification of decisions (subject to change)
APRIL 2020 Earliest start date of project (subject to change)

Award period and start date: Proposed projects should be two years in duration with a projected start date no earlier than April 15, 2020. Actual start date may vary.

  • Bevin Lin, PhD  Program Director
  • Jennifer Garrison, PhD  Faculty Director
  • Melissa Cordeiro  Program Coordinator

Ovarian Biology Core

We are building a core facility at the Buck Institute to provide experimental support and training in all aspects of ovarian biology. The goal of this facility is to provide experimental support and training for studies that require expertise in ovarian biology. The core will be accessible to any lab in the world, including members of the consortium. In addition to state-of-the-art instrumentation and fee-for-service assays, the core will provide an opportunity for investigators to send lab members to obtain training in the techniques necessary to carry out these experiments in their home labs. By providing resources to plan and execute experiments using ovarian tissue, we hope to lower the barrier to entry and grow the field.

Bioinformatics Core

IT and big data are essential to advancing the field. Thus, we are building a bioinformatics core that will provide analytic tools for multi-omics projects to investigators who are part of the Consortium. To accelerate the discovery process, the bioinformatics core will also compile and organize large datasets generated by the consortium to be made available to consortium scientists first and later to the scientific community at large.

A Scientific Advisory Panel composed of leaders in the field from all over the world will review, identify and recommend the most promising grant applications based on quality of science, impact and alignment with the Consortium’s stated goals. CRLE faculty may apply for Consortium grants but will receive no special consideration during the selection process.

Jennifer Garrison, PhD
Faculty Director, GCRLE
JGarrison@buckinstitute.org
Phone: 415-209-2096


Bevin Lin, PhD
Program Director, GCRLE
Blin@buckinstitute.org
Phone: 415-209-2020

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