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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. I have chosen to extend my research and develop some of the ideas I discuss in my paper. I am now working on my dissertation prospectus, which builds directly on the research that grew out of this project. Receiving this generous grant in the early stages of my doctoral program has been invaluable to my growth as a scholar. It provided me with the opportunity to collect my own data and learn first-hand the challenges and rewards of directing a research project."

--Sarah Seelye (PSC Alumni 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 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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