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Sarah Seelye"The PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund provided me with the means to conduct field research and interviews several days a week over the course of four months in Detroit. The project expenses entailed in travel, transcribing interviews, and incentive payments to respondents otherwise would have been impossible for me to meet. As a result of this support, I have made substantial progress on the project, which looks at residential mobility and neighborhood dynamics in Detroit, and furthered as well my longer term degree and career goals."

--Sarah Seelye (PSC Alumni Graduate Support Fund fund recipient, 2013)
[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. Proposal is limited to 5 single-spaced pages plus a budget page. A review committee of senior faculty at the Institute for Social Research will evaluate all proposals and make final decisions. Please note that project start-up is contingent on human subjects approval, if applicable, by the U-M IRB. Pilot Grant funding is provided by NIH (NICHD), and is subject to all rules and regulations pertaining to the expenditure of federal research funds. Email proposals to Jenn Garrett.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
July 15 Aug 15 Sept 1 Oct 1

Questions? Please contact Kerri Cross.

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