The Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging program is designed to support established investigators working at institutions in the U.S. to conduct research in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to allow the development of novel, innovative research programs by investigators who are not currently conducting aging research or who wish to develop new research programs in aging. The Foundation particularly aims to stimulate new research that has rigorous scientific foundations but is not funded adequately, either because of its perceived novelty, its high risk, or because it is from an area where traditional research interests absorb most funding. Senior Scholar awards provide funding up to $150,000 per year for a four-year period.
In August 2013, the Foundation's Board of Directors announced that no new applications will be accepted for New or Senior Scholar awards in Aging, Neuroscience or other biomedical research topics. All currently funded awards will continue subject to the terms and conditions established in the original award agreement between the Foundation and the grantee institution.