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. More details coming soon!

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.

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.

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.

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.

The application portal will go live Late fall, 2019. Please check back here for more details. If you would like to receive a notification when the RFA is available, send an email to gcrlegrants@buckinstitute.org with ‘info’ in the subject line.

LATE FALL, 2019                              Application portal opens

JANUARY 2020                                 Applications due (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 1, 2020. Actual start date may vary.

The application portal will go live Late fall, 2019. Please check back here for more details. If you would like to receive a notification when the RFA is available, send an email to gcrlegrants@buckinstitute.org with ‘info’ in the subject line.

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.

More details coming soon!

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

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