Academic Research Grant Application Process

elder-asian-womanThe Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging underwrites an Academic Research Grant Program to further scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly. Each grant recipient is required to publish an article on the subject of their research in a top flight journal.

Academic Research Grant Program Information and Request for Proposals

The Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging awards up to 4 grants of $20,000 each year. Online applications may be submitted starting on September 15 and are due on or about October 15. Selections are made on or about December 15 of each year. The award period runs from January 1 through December 30 following the selection announcements.

What Are the Objectives of the Grants?

The Center recognizes the need for further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly (including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers).

What Kinds of Projects Will be Funded?

The Center expects grantees to meet the objectives of the grant program through individual or collaborative research projects that:

  • Analyze and recommend changes in one or more important existing public policies, laws, and/or programs relating to the elderly; or
  • Anticipate the need for and recommend new public policies, laws, and/or programs for the elderly necessitated by changes in the number and demographics of the country’s and the world’s elderly populations, by advances in science and technology, by changes in the health care system, or by other developments.

Scholars in the fields of health, law, medicine and sociology have been awarded grants. Topics are demonstrated by past recipients.  IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE RESEARCH PRODUCT WILL BE PUBLISHABLE IN A FIRST-RATE JOURNAL.

Who May Apply?

This Academic Research Grant Program is open to all interested and qualified legal, health sciences, social sciences, and gerontology scholars and professionals. Organizations per se, whether profit or non-profit, are not eligible to apply, although they may administer the grant. However, two or more individuals in the same institution or different institutions may submit a collaborative proposal.  Grant recipients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and must be affiliated with a U.S. based institution or organization. The research must address issues of law and aging.

How Much Funding is Available and How is Funding Used?

The Center makes no more than 4 grants of up to $20,000 each annually. Larger budgets using outside matching funds are encouraged but not required. Favorable weight will be given to proposals that indicate, where appropriate, that active attempts will be made to solicit required additional funds for the project (including a list of sources to be approached). Grant funds may be used for the approved budget purposes, which may include reasonable compensation for the principal investigator(s), consultant(s) and research assistants, print and computer-based research materials, and other necessary expenses. Faculty salary support will not be approved other than for (1) summer when the applicant is not eligible for summer support from their university or (2) buying out a course. 

Grant funds may not be used for university overhead or administrative charges, and the Foundation will not otherwise pay any such costs.

How to Apply?

Please complete the online application form.  We accept only online submissions. The Research Grant Proposal should include:

  • Proposal narrative that includes:
    • a description of the research project;
    • a discussion of how the research meets the objectives of our grant program;
    • why the project is otherwise important;
    • a statement if IRB approval is required, by whom, and timeline for obtaining;
    • a description of both your intended written research product and the publication(s) to which your work product will be submitted for publication;
  • curriculum vitae of the applicant(s); 
  • a project timeline;
  • a detailed budget (including matching support), and
  • federal tax exemption letter evidencing the administrating organization is a 501(c)(3) organization not classified as a private foundation.

The proposal narrative should be limited to five pages.  The five-page limit does not include the curriculum vitae, project timeline, budget description, or tax letter.

Appendices may be added only if necessary to support the proposal narrative.

If two or more individuals are submitting a collaborative proposal, please complete the online application for the principal researcher but explain the collaboration in the proposal narrative and attach a curriculum vitae for each of the individuals involved in the collaborative proposal.

Letters of support are accepted only if the applicant is working in collaboration with another organization. Letters of support should be submitted separately and sent by email to Catheryn Koss, Coordinator of Academic Research Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application and Grant Annual Timeline:

  • Online application process available: September 15 
  • Online application submission deadline date:  October 15 (subject to change).
  • Application review process: October 15 through December 15
  • Grant awards announced:  No later than December 30
  • Grant Period: January 1 through December 30
  • Grant reports due: No later than December 31 following the award year

Who Reviews Applications and Awards Grants?

Applications are reviewed and grants awarded by a committee composed of the Foundation Center’s academic advisory board members and co-directors.

What are the Reporting Requirements?

Upon completion of the research project, but not later than December 31 of the year following the award (unless the committee, for good cause, extends the completion date), grantees must submit three (3) copies of a final written report that includes a description and chronology of the research and results, an accounting for grant funds, and copies of any publications/products developed. In addition, a short written progress and status report must be submitted not later than June 30 of the year the award is granted.  Upon publication of the research product, three (3) reprints must be given to the Center.

Questions? E-mail Catheryn Koss, Coordinator of Academic Research Programs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.