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Janette Norrington"The PSC Alumni grant will provide the resources and opportunity to expand my study and publishable paper to include White American females in my sample as well as cover travel costs between Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland. The grant will also provide the funds to hire transcriptionists for the majority of the interviews."

--Janette Norrington (PSC Alumni fund recipient, 2014)
[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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Supported Research

Colter Mitchell, Christopher Monk. Population Neuroscience: A Pilot Project to Examine Poverty and Brain Imaging in Adolescence. 2014.

Elizabeth Eve Bruch, Fred Feinberg. The Co-Evolution of Individual Behavior & Social Environments. 2014.

Yasamin Kusunoki, Jennifer S. Barber, Justin Heinze, Marc Zimmerman, Tom Reischl. The Effects of Community-Level Violence on Individual-Level Violent Experiences. 2014-2015.

Martha J. Bailey, George C. Alter, C. Hoyt Bleakley, Shari Eli, Margaret Levenstein, Adriana Lleras-Muney, Dean Yang. Pilot Study for Creating the Early Twentieth Century Intergenerational, Longitudinal Dataset. 2014-2015.

Alexandra Murphy, Alix Gould-Werth. Toward a Measure of Transportation Insecurity: Understanding the Relationship between Transportation & Social Inequality. 2014-2016.

Mary McEniry. Cross-National Data on Early Life Conditions and Older Adult Health in Low, Middle and High Income Countries: A Pilot to Examine Data Quality. 2012-2013.

Kelli Stidham Hall, Jennifer S. Barber, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather Gatny. Young Women's Mental Health, Psychosocial Circumstances, and Unintended Pregnancy Experiences. 2012-2013.