Funding Opportunities

The GEAR Network aims to build a research infrastructure for interdisciplinary aging studies focused on geriatric care in the ED as well as advance the science supporting emergency medical care for people with cognitive impairment or dementia. To that end, GEAR offers funding opportunities to foster and support interdisciplinary research in key priority areas that have been acknowledged as research gaps. See below to learn more about the identified research priorities and funding opportunities.

Announcing the Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (2.0) – Advancing Dementia Care / Emergency Medicine Foundation / West Health Institute 2024-2025 Pilot Project Grant Program funding opportunity!

The goal of the pilot funding is to promote transdisciplinary research in geriatric emergency medicine that will advance emergency medical care for persons living with dementia and their care partners.

An optional LOI is due on or by November 1st 2023. Final grant submissions are due Friday, January 19, 2024. Grants are to be submitted through the EMF website at

  • Up to three 1-year pilot proposals, awarded $150,000 each
  • $120K in award funds and $30K in required institutional support

Preference is given to projects focused on at least one of of the four GEAR2.0-ADC research interests 

  • Communication and shared decision making
  • Dementia detection 
  • ED care practices
  • ED Care Transitions 

For general questions please reach out to

Applicant Resources:

Applicant office hours will be held:

Office Hour #1 November 9th 10:00 am-11:30 am CST

Office Hour #2 December 15th 1:00 pm-2:30 pm CST