SAGE’S Center of Excellence Is a National Institutes of Health Build UP Trust Challenge Finalist

SAGE was chosen as one of 10 finalists to receive a $45,000 prize

[New York, NY] – The goal of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Build UP Trust Challenge competition is to identify solutions that increase research participation and the adoption of medical care by building trust and improving engagement with historically underserved communities.

SAGE’s Center of Excellence (COE) is a finalist and received $45,000 for its multigenerational LGBTQ+ research and intervention engagement solution. The COE will compete in the second phase of the challenge, when finalists and honorable mentions strengthen, implement, and test their innovative solutions for the chance to win one of up to four prizes of up to $200,000.

The Center’s solution will create a diverse, multigenerational LGBTQ+ Community Action Core of individuals and train them on the history, current practices, and the impact of research on the LGBTQ+ community. The COE plans to transform research practices so that no one is invisible. The Center will do so through listening sessions, training local research Champions, and advising researchers and health interventionists.


SAGE is the world’s oldest organization dedicated to advocacy, services, and innovations to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ+) elders everywhere age with the dignity and respect they deserve. Founded in 1978, SAGE offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBTQ+ older people and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBTQ+ community organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging, and cultural competency training through SAGECare. SAGE is headquartered in NYC with collaborative partnerships across the United States and globally. Learn more at