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Ellen Compernolle"The Weinberg grant made both the in-person interviews and the informed survey design possible. For me to be the principal investigator, to be able to have my own research questions—explore them, design a survey questionnaire to test those hypotheses, and then analyze the data to see whether they're true or not—not many graduate students have that chance."

--Ellen Compernolle (Freedman fund recipient, 2013)
[Project Abstract]

PSC Small Grants

Description: The Population Studies Center currently has six sources of endowment funding to support training and research activities for community members, each with its own set of objectives and eligibility. Award amounts vary by fund, but most will range from $2,000 to $10,000. Usually, funds will be available immediately after the awards are announced. Award duration should not exceed 12 months.

Eligibility: All PSC faculty, PSC research affiliates appointed before September 1 of the RFA year, and PSC predoctoral trainees may submit applications. PSC postdocs, postdoc affiliates, and predoc affiliates are not eligible to apply. Only one application per PI or PI team will be accepted.

Human Subjects: Activities involving human subjects must be approved by the UM IRB before funds can be released. Research collaboration with a foreign institution may require review by an in-country IRB; please contact Kerri Cross for assistance.

Expectations of Award Recipients: Those who receive funding for research projects are expected to discuss their findings in a meeting with other researchers and to submit a brief report at the end of the research period. Additionally, all small grant recipients will be asked to provide some follow-up information on related publications, grant proposals, dissertations, etc. as part of the Center's outcome metrics for our small grants program.

Application Procedure: Small Grant RFAs are generally issued in December. To streamline the process of applying for PSC's six endowment funds, we use a single Small Grants Application Form for all funds. The PSC Advisory Committee evaluates all proposed activities and determines the most appropriate funding source for those accepted. For additional information, you can consult a list of funded activities in prior years.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
Dec 20 Jan 31 Feb 28 March 1

Summary Information for PSC Small Grant Funds:

Freedman Fund
Theme: Fertility, family planning, and family dynamics in developing countries
Activities: Pilot projects, workshops, postdoctoral visits and travel for collaboration
Region: Developing countries
Hermalin Fund
Theme: Continuing education, new interactions between demography and other fields
Activities: Short-term training, short-term residencies at PSC for researchers from other fields
Region: No specific region
Mueller Fund
Theme: Research and training in demography and economics.
Activities: Pilot projects, data collection and research training
Region: No specific region
Marshall Weinberg Endowment Fund
Theme: Income to be used to benefit international population activities of PSC researchers
Activities: Pilot projects, data collection, travel for collaboration
Region: No specific region
Marshall Weinberg International Travel Fund
Theme: Educational and learning experiences abroad
Activities: Travel and education expenses
Region: International
PSC Initiatives Fund
Theme: Domestic research projects and training
Activities: Pilot projects, data collection and research training
Region: Domestic projects

Small Fund Recipients

Manuela Angelucci
Jennifer S. Barber
Prem B. Bhandari
Jay Borchert
Dustin Brown
Elizabeth Eve Bruch
Jamie Budnick
Siwei Cheng
Patrick Coate
Ellen Compernolle
Linnea Evans
Arline T. Geronimus
Dirgha Ghimire
Pawel Krolikowski
Yasamin Kusunoki
Mary McEniry
Colter Mitchell
Janette Norrington
Nelson Saldaña
Sarah Seelye
Isaac Sorkin
Jeffrey Swindle

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