Consortium on Aging


Grant Announcement 2014

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation

 Geriatric Studies for Junior Faculty Program

Grant Announcement 2014


The Herzstein Foundation by means of its grant program continues the work of Albert and Ethel Herzstein, leaving their “footprints” by supporting charitable efforts that offer individuals opportunities for advancement through education and enrichment of the human spirit, and contribute to the quality of life in our society.

Description of Program

The goals of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Geriatric Studies for Junior Faculty are to integrate geriatrics studies across all the schools of the health science center, increase collaboration and cooperation between school faculties, instill geriatrics studies into all student curriculum, and foster future geriatrics practitioners.

The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation Geriatric Studies for Junior Faculty Program will provide grants in amounts up to $10,000 to support gerontology-focused studies by junior faculty investigators at UTHealth. The purpose of these grants is to provide funding for pilot work that will help faculty be successful in obtaining larger extramural grants. 


  1.  Project proposals must address aging-related issues. Clinical, basic science, health service or policy research will be considered. In addition, projects may relate to specific patient or caregiver issues, including education or community outreach.
  2. Consistent with the guiding principles of the Consortium on Aging, the proposed studies must be interdisciplinary and collaborative and should, if appropriate, be representative of Houston’s ethnically diverse community.
  3. Preference will be given to proposals from principal investigators who are junior faculty with innovative research studies that are previously unfunded. Junior faculty applicants are encouraged to work with a senior faculty mentor in submitting the proposal and, if awarded, in carrying out the study. Proposals with evidence of involvement of a senior faculty mentor will receive a more favorable rating.
  4. Previous Herzstein grant awardees are eligible to submit an application if (a) the previously funded study is completed, (b) previous grant funds are fully expended, and (c) additional information is provided about the progress and continuity of past support, including other funds applied for and why funds were not granted.
  5. Applicants should be members of the Consortium on Aging. However, applications will be accepted from non-members and, if awarded a grant, the awardee is expected to become a member of the Consortium on Aging.
  6. Applications are accepted from institutions other than UTHealth, although applicants must be Consortium on Aging members.
  7. Non-allowable budget expenses include travel expenses and computer equipment. All funds must be spent within the United States.
  8. The application does not require approval from the Office of Sponsored Projects and does not require Review and Approval (R&A) forms. The application does require a brief statement of approval and signature of the department chair.

Expectations of Awardees

Awardees are expected to:

  1. Complete their research studies by April 30, 2015, or demonstrate reasonable progress towards completion of the study.
  2. Provide brief bimonthly status reports delineating the previous two months’ accomplishments, progress towards measurable goals, detailed accounting of all expenditures, and the plan for the next months.
  3. Notify the Consortium of Aging of any significant budget changes.
  4. Notify the Consortium of Aging and IRB of any significant protocol changes.
  5. Disseminate their results through presentations and publications.
  6. Participate in a presentation for the officers of the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, if requested.

Application procedure

Application deadline is March 17, 2014.  To apply, complete a brief application

Send completed application to:    

            Lyn Emerich, Administrative Director of the Consortium on Aging

            7000 Fannin Street, UCT-1703

            Houston, TX 77030

 Or email to .

Notification of Awards

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Executive Council of the Consortium on Aging. Based on the Council’s recommendations, the Executive Director of the Consortium on Aging will make the final determination of grant awards. All applicants will receive notification of the status of their proposals by April 1, 2014. 

Recruitment of Subjects for Clinical Research

The Consortium on Aging is pleased to work with investigators who wish to recruit subjects for clinical research. For procedural information please click on Process for Recruitment of Subjects for Clinical Subjects.