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Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award


About the Award | Why this Award? | Informational Webinar | Eligibility & Evaluation | Timeline & Application



April 9, 2024 NIA RFP announced

June 14, 2024

Submission Deadline

August 6, 2024 Award Recipients announced
September 2024  The NIA recipient begins their engagement with The Center
March 2026 The NIA recipient presents research findings at the PDC Summit




NIA recipient will have quarterly progress reports via Zoom with The Center. Recipients are expected to complete the research project, according to the timeline outlined in their proposal. Any adjustments to the timeline must be coordinated with and approved by The Center.

At the conclusion of the project, NIA recipients are expected to:

  1. Prepare a manuscript describing the study in a format that can be submitted to a peer reviewed journal. Submission to a peer-reviewed journal is at the discretion of the researcher, but please acknowledge the support of The Center and the Joseph G. Sprague New Investigator Award.
  2. Complete a Key Point Summary of their study using The Center’s Knowledge Repository format.
  3. Prepare an interactive (roundtable) presentation about their study during The Center’s Innovations in Research session of the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction - PDC Summit,.
  4. The researcher will coordinate with The Center to write the final deliverable, which is a paper (approx. 5 pages, excluding references and appendices) that summarizes the design implications of the study. The paper should be written for an audience of designers, and will be published via The Center’s website.


Reviewer Conflict of Interest

The Center staff and its consultants are not eligible to serve as principal investigators. In addition, they may not participate in the review of proposals that are submitted by his or her colleagues or if he or she is asked to serve in a consulting capacity. All proposals must adhere to the application process of the RFP. All research results will be broadly disseminated and therefore are required to be non-proprietary. Only one proposal per applicant is eligible for the award.

Applicant Conflict of Interest

Applicant must acknowledge any real, perceived, or potential COI that raises questions of research integrity (i.e., circumstances in which research may be influenced by a secondary interest of the applicant.) This includes an existing or potential financial or other material interest and/or a relationship that impairs or might appear to impair the individual's independence and objectivity in conducting the study. If there is no COI the applicant must explicitly state, “I have no conflicts of interest” in the template, in addition to indication in the application checklist.

Click Here to Download the RFP Templates

Please email submissions in a single PDF or direct questions to:

Catherine Ancheta, Senior Project Manager, The Center for Health Design, 1850 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 1083, Concord, CA 94520   925.521.9404 x122 cancheta@healthdesign.org.