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Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Assistance Listing: 93.250
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 3, 2022

For programmatic or technical questions:
Jacqueline Friedman Kreinik, MS, RN

For grants management or budget questions:
Denis Nikiema


The Geriatrics Academic Career Award Program (GACA) provides funding to support the career development of junior faculty in geriatrics as academic geriatricians or academic geriatrics specialists. The overall goals of the program are to develop the necessary skills to lead healthcare transformation in a variety of settings, including rural and/or medically underserved settings, to be age-friendly and to provide training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interprofessional teams of healthcare professionals to provide healthcare for older adults.

Program objectives include:

  1. Develop junior faculty for careers in academic geriatrics to address the program goals
  2. Educate and train the healthcare workforce, within the context of the age-friendly health systems framework, to address dementia-risk reduction, dementia across the disease trajectory including training on dementia medications as they are approved for use, health disparities and social determinants of health, and nursing home care
  3. Advance the GACA candidate's career development through participation in leadership positions in professional organizations

GACA candidates will be required to describe the methodological framework for their career development; develop necessary knowledge and skills; spend at least 75% of their time providing training in clinical geriatrics; and identify and work with a mentor who has a faculty appointment in teaching geriatrics at their institution.

Candidates are also encouraged to address the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and HRSA clinical priorities around behavioral health, community health, COVID-19, health equity, resilience of the workforce, and telehealth.


Eligible applicants include accredited graduate programs and schools of:

  • Allopathic medicine
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Allied health
  • Physician assistant programs
  • Chiropractic
  • Podiatric medicine
  • Optometry
  • Public health
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Clinical psychology
  • Clinical social work
  • Professional counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy

Tribes and tribal organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Organizations must submit a separate application on behalf of each eligible individual applying for a Geriatric Academic Career Award.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $81,746 per year
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 26
Estimated total program funding: $2,100,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and online application process are available through

Applicant webinar
August 23, 2022
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Call-in number: 833.568.8864
Passcode: 95426870

Tagged as
Aging and aging-related services · Allied health · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dementia · Dental workforce · Elderly population · Health disparities · Health professions faculty · Interprofessional training of the health workforce · Long-term care · Nurse practitioners and other advanced practice registered nurses · Nurses · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Public health · Social determinants of health · Telehealth

Organizations (3)

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