The Roybal Centers for Translational Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging are supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) with cofunding from the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Social Security Administration, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Department of Education. The Roybal Centers, which have grown from 6 in 1992 to 13 in 2009, seek to disseminate and increase the use of research results that benefit older Americans. They are complemented by other NIA–supported efforts in translational research and are intended to stimulate broadly based multidisciplinary research that improves the health, well-being, and producti- vity of older adults. Within this broad theme, the Roybal Centers span the spectrum of translational research—from designing and implementing intervention programs to disseminating research results to developing models for use in policymaking. Since their inception, the Roybal Centers have made myriad prominent contributions to aging research. Four major areas of accomplishment since 2003 include building research infrastructure to accelerate the development of new ideas and applications; adopting intervention programs, tools, and technologies; establishing community partnerships; and developing shared resources.
Use the following link to go to the official NIA website about Roybal Centers: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr/edward-r-roybal-centers-translation-research-behavioral-and-social-sciences-aging