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Geriatric Academic Career Awards - (GACA) - #93.250

As provided by Section 753(c)(5) of the authorizing legislation, an individual receiving an award under this subsection shall provide training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals. The provision of such training shall constitute at least 75 percent of the obligations for individuals under this award. See above.




Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

In determining the funding of applications, consideration is given to: There are six review criteria for the Geriatric Academic Career Award: Criterion 1. Need (Maximum Points 25): The extent to which the application describes: a) the need for the proposed Geriatric Academic Career Award; b) the project director’s commitment to a full-time academic career in geriatrics; c) the strength of the project director’s professional responsibilities in the grantee institution and elsewhere; d) prior training and how it is related to the objectives and long-term career plans of the project director in academia teaching geriatrics, e) the project director’s teaching efforts in geriatrics to this point in his/her academic career in geriatrics, including any publications; and f) evidence of the project director’s potential to develop a career in academia. Criterion 2. Response (Maximum Points 25): Career Development Plan: The extent to which the project director is early in his/her career as a junior faculty teaching and developing skills in interdisciplinary education in geriatrics. The extent to which the applicant’s training and experience will contribute to the achievement of the goals, objectives, and plans described in the applicant’s Career Development Plan.  The extent to which the specificity of the objectives and career development plan will promote the project director in achieving the overall goal as an academic teaching faculty member in geriatrics.  The extent to which identified objectives and specific plans address teaching interdisciplinary education in geriatrics and skill development interdisciplinary education in geriatrics.  The extent to which the project director identifies a five-year outcome that will enhance academic clinical geriatrics and the individual’s own career as an academic teaching faculty member in geriatrics.  The extent to which specific plans include teaching and developing skills in interdisciplinary education in geriatrics will result in educational publication opportunities and productivity in national professional societies, in which the specific plans will result in: o meeting the statutory service requirement (providing training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interdisciplinary teams of health professionals. The provision of such training shall constitute at least 75 percent of the obligations of such individual under the award.); o interacting with and learning from other clinician-educators locally and nationally; o obtaining the necessary pedagogical skills to achieve career goals; and o addressing HRSA’s cultural and linguistic competence. o Length of time as a faculty member (the longer the time in a junior faculty position, the less number of points should be awarded). o New GACA applicant who never received funding as a GACA recipient. o Likelihood that after completion of the GACA training, the individual will continue as a full-time academic teaching faculty member teaching interdisciplinary education in geriatrics. Criterion 3. Evaluative Measures (Maximum Points 10): The effectiveness of the project director’s evaluation plan for assessing his or her own progress toward meeting career goals, including his or her effectiveness as an interdisciplinary education teacher in geriatrics. Criterion 4. Impact (Maximum Points 10): The extent and effectiveness of plans for dissemination of project results and/or the extent to which project results may be national in scope and/or the degree to which the project activities are replicable, and the sustainability of the project director as a full-time faculty member teaching interdisciplinary education in geriatrics. The extent to which the institution has a successful tract record of employing previously funded GACA recipients as full-time faculty teaching interdisciplinary clinical geriatrics. For Competing Continuing Applications only, the extent to which the project was successful in meeting career development goals and objectives and in addressing the statutory service requirement which was to provide training in clinical geriatrics, including the training of interdisciplinary teams of health care professionals for at least 75 percent of the obligations of the recipient under the Award. Criterion 5. Resources and Capabilities (Maximum Points 25): The extent to which the commitment and expertise of the mentor and the commitment of the institution to provide a supportive environment for the achievement of the applicant’s career goals and willingness to meet reporting requirements are demonstrated in the following: Expertise of the primary mentor; Adequacy of frequency of meetings with the mentor; Clinical assignments and opportunities provided by the institution; Teaching assignments and opportunities provided by the institution; Protected time provided to achieve the goals of the award; and Opportunities for leadership provided. Criterion 6. Support Requested (Maximum Points 5): The extent to which the proposed budget will address the objectives in the career development plan.

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