The Simons Collaboration on Plasticity and the Aging Brain (SCPAB) Transition to Independence Award aims to facilitate the transition of the next generation of outstanding scientists from historically underrepresented groups to research independence in the field of cognitive aging. Through this effort, we seek to support the transition of scientists doing work consistent with SCPAB’s scientific mission. SCPAB is launching this program with the recognition that diversity improves scientific innovation and collaboration. The program application is open to individuals who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in cognitive aging, including individuals with disabilities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, any individual identifying as Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native. A previous background in aging research is not required; candidates with a background in fields including neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, cell biology and the physical and information sciences are encouraged to apply.