NIH Secondary Analyses of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging (R03)
The NIA supports the collection of data relevant to behavioral and social research on the dynamics of health, well-being and disability in midlife and older age. NIA-supported studies include data on cognition, personality and sociodemographic factors, health and physical function (including performance measures and biological indicators), genetics, long-term care, caregiving, behavior change, the social environment, retirement, and economic and subjective well-being over the lifecourse (see the Resources Section below for links to NIA-sponsored data sources). The purpose of this FOA is to solicit two-year R03 applications for secondary analysis of data on aging in the areas of psychology, social epidemiology, economics, sociology, and demography.
This issuance of the secondary data analysis program focuses specifically on the seven priority areas described below and any combination thereof.
- Effects of early life on adult health. Early life determinants of late-life health, well-being, cognition, morbidity, and mortality, including risk for adverse psychological and physical health outcomes due to early adversity or identification of social or environmental circumstances that mitigate or exacerbate the effects of early adversity.
- Social relationships, social engagement, and health. Psychological, sociological or demographic studies examining the impact of social factors on mid- and late-life health and well-being. Social factors of interest include social relationships, social environments, family structure, kinship ties, social or cognitive engagement, psychosocial stress, social isolation and/or loneliness. Outcomes of interest include cognition, health behavior, physical health and subjective well-being.
- Methods to improve survey harmonization. Methods to improve survey harmonization and comparability of measures across longitudinal social and behavioral studies (especially ones supported by NIA).
- Trajectories of disability, health and well-being The dynamics of disability, health and subjective well-being in later life, and how they may be changing for recent cohorts, including studies of socioeconomic, race/ethnic, geographic differences and cross-national differences.
- Health, work, and retirement at older ages The impact of work on cognition, health, and well-being including international comparative studies and how time-use and activities translate into health, cognition and well-being.
- Family demography of aging Family demography and the effects of cohort changes in marital histories, kinship, educational attainment on health, well-being, and informal care at older ages.
- Premature mortality and disability life years The attribution of premature mortality and disability life years in the USA and other countries to e.g. social and behavioral factors, social circumstances, environments, health insurance, health care and other factors.