Submission Guidelines for Sabbatical Proposals

The USC-Buck Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for sabbaticals in the basic biology of aging. These sabbaticals are short-term immersion opportunities to learn specific methods or techniques designed to fulfill objectives based on the applicant’s previous knowledge, experience, specific research interests, and/or training goals. These mini-sabbaticals (that can range in length from 2 weeks to an entire semester) should offer a highly collaborative and supportive academic environment, mentorship, opportunities to participate in organized scholarly activities, access to a workspace, and reasonable access to relevant resources.

Currently, our Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for sabbaticals during Grant Year 2 within the Cellular Senescence and Beyond Core and the Geroscience Technology Core physically located at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA.

Application Requirements:

  1. Application Face Page
  2. Biosketch (NIH format)
  3. Description of goals and objectives, including identification of host/mentor (3 pages maximum) and acknowledgment of application by host/mentor
  4. Budget and justification, submitted in NIH format
    • Budget Form and Justification
    • The budget should be developed in conjunction with the host/mentor and can include line items such as the following: travel to the Buck Institute, lodging, meal expenses, ground transportation, funds to support research (i.e., lab supplies, funds for core recharges, etc.). No salary/stipend will be paid to the awardee.

Prior consultation with host/mentor is required.

Applications are due January 15, 2022. 

The award(s) will begin February 1, 2022. Funds must be used by May 31, 2022 at the end of the Grant Year.

Submission Guidelines for Pilot and Voucher Proposals

The University of Southern California and Buck Institute Nathan Shock Center is accepting applications for Pilot Research Projects and Vouchers for Core Services in the biology of aging.

Core Vouchers are available for a single assay/technology service.
Pilot Projects provide larger support and typically utilize multiple assays or core services.

Applicants should visit for a list of available assays, technologies, and services.

Prior consultation with core directors is required.

Applications from outside the University of Southern California and the Buck Institute are strongly encouraged.

Junior faculty members are particularly encouraged to apply for Pilot Projects. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows cannot serve as Principal Investigators for pilot projects but may receive vouchers for core services with the support of a faculty sponsor.

Submit a Proposal

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    Letters of Intent

    due June 30, 2021

    Applicants must have spoken with Core Leader(s) before submitting.

    Must include:

    1. Brief description of the project, including what core you will use, why/how it will accelerate your research, and where you are in your career/field
    2. Estimated budget


    due August 16, 2021

    1. Proposal Face Page (1-page maximum)
    Please provide the following information:
    a. Proposal title
    b. PI/PIs — name, degree, position, department/unit
    c. Other Key personnel — name, degree, position, department/unit
    d. Proposal Abstract (30 lines maximum)

    You may use the Proposal Face Page provided.

    2. Proposal Approach (3-page maximum)
    – Specific aims (Hypothesis, Endpoints)
    – Research project: Brief intro and preliminary data
    – Research proposal
    – Impact/significance to field

    3. Biosketches
    (PI/PIs and Key personnel)

    4. References
    (1 page maximum of relevant bibliographic references)

    5. Budget and justification, submitted in NIH format