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Fabian T. Pfeffer"I used the Freedman Fund award to support a two week research stay at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) to expand a cross-national comparative research on the relationship between parents\' wealth and their children\'s status outcomes to Sweden and to an exciting new type of data source, namely population-level registry data on wealth based on tax records. The registry data accessible at SOFI turned out to be such an impressive collection of data that it will sustain a long-term collaboration that engages in the study of many different aspects around the issue of wealth and opportunities for years to come. This first research trip was a great way to jumpstart this collaboration and has already lead to a first manuscript comparing the degree of wealth inequality in educational and occupational opportunities in the United States, Sweden, and Germany."

--Fabian T. Pfeffer (Freedman fund recipient, 2011)
[Project Abstract]

PSC Pilot Grants

Purpose: With funding from NICHD, the Population Studies Center will award up to two pilot grants annually to foster innovative research in demography. The goals of this program are: (1) to support pilot research leading to larger projects with very high potential for external funding (e.g., NIH R01, R21, R03); and (2) to encourage new collaborations among PSC research faculty.

Eligibility: Researchers with a PSC affiliation as of September 1 of the RFA year. Junior research faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Research teams may include U-M researchers/faculty not affiliated with PSC, but these researchers cannot be PIs.

Support: One or two pilot projects will be funded annually, for approximately $20,000 each. Expenses may include research assistance, statistical consulting, travel, data acquisition costs, and research supplies. Salary is not available for investigators. Project funding is for one year.

Application procedure: Pilot grant RFAs are issued in mid-July. Applications require a proposal that (1) identifies the PI and other involved researchers and describes any prior collaborations among investigators, (2) articulates the specific aims and activities of the pilot project, and (3) discusses plans for obtaining external funding following completion of the pilot. Proposal is limited to 5 single-spaced pages plus a budget page. A review committee, appointed by the PSC advisory committee, will evaluate proposals and make final decisions. For questions involving content issues, please contact Violet Elder.

Please note that project start-up is contingent upon NICHD approval of the pilot, and, if applicable, human subjects approval by the UM IRB. Projects with overseas data collection are not permitted. Please forward proposals to Violet Elder.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
July 18 Aug 22 Sept 12 Jan 1

Questions? Please contact Kerri Cross.

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