Monthly Archive for April, 2008

Several Funding Opportunities

Academic Career Award (K07) from NIH

The goals of NIH-supported career development programs are to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.
Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program Award (D43)
from NIH

The purpose of this announcement is to invite applications for U.S. and developing country institutions for programs to provide infectious disease (excluding HIV/AIDS) research training to scientists and health professionals in order to build sustainable research capacity at institutions in low- and middle-income endemic countries.
Research Grants Call for Proposals from American Educational Research Association deadline August 29, 2008

AERA invites education policy- and practice-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other national data bases. Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level researchers.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting applications from eligible applicants for the planning, arranging, administering and/or conducting of conferences, workshops, and/or meetings (hereinafter referred to as “conferences�?) that focus on research to protect human health and safeguard the environment.

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), in cooperation with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeks proposals for social science research on issues salient to low-income populations in the American South.

Regional Small Grants Program Request for Proposals

Young Investigator Development Grants Program Request for Proposals

Post-Graduate/Dissertation Fellowships

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington is accepting applications for the Post-Graduate Fellowship program.
Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program
2008-2009 Call for Applications
Deadline: Oct 3, 2008
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences, the AERA Grants Program announces its Dissertation Grants Program.

NIH and Sensitive Data

NIH Reconfirms Commitment to Protecting Sensitive Personal Data

April 14, 2008

As a result of the recent theft of an NIH employee’s laptop which included storage of patient data, the NIH has refocused its efforts to protecting information systems (electronic and hard copy) which contain sensitive personal information. Steps are currently underway at NIH to ensure that all computers, laptops and portable electronic devices are encrypted and that NIH employees are educated in the proper handling of sensitive data.

In addition, the NIH encourages grantee institutions and individuals not to use portable electronic devices to store identifiable, sensitive, and confidential information about NIH-supported research or research participants. If they must be used, they should be encrypted to safeguard data and information. These devices include laptops, CDs, disc drives, flash drives, etc. Researchers and institutions should limit access to personally identifiable information through a means of access controls such as password protection.

For more information, see NIH Guide Notice, dated 4/11/2008.

Variables to be included in Census 2010 and ACS

Recently, the Census Bureau submitted to Congress the questions it plans to ask in the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey.

Sex selective abortions in India

Indian Prime Minister denounces Abortion of Females
Amelia Gentleman | NY TIMES
April 29, 2008
Story based on an article in Lancet:
Low male-to-female sex ratio of children born in India: national survey of 1.1 million households
Lancet 2006 (January): pages 211-218

Call for Papers: Epidemiologic Approaches to Health Disparities

Epidemiologic Reviews, a sister publication of the American Journal of Epidemiology, is devoted to publishing comprehensive and critical reviews on specific themes once a year. The 2009 issue, to be published in the summer of 2009, will address the topic of health disparities.
Details at

North American Jewish Databank

National studies that identify the Jewish population in the United States:
Community-based studies:
Terms of use to access data:

GAO Adds 2010 Census to High-Risk List

2010 Census: Automation Problems and Uncertain Costs and Plans. . .
Additional GAO reports critical of the Census Bureau’s planning:

Continue reading ‘GAO Adds 2010 Census to High-Risk List’

Census Official Steps Down

Census official steps down amid criticism over contract
Stephen Ohlemacher | Associated Press
April 24, 2008
More background information:

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Recent World Bank Policy Research Working Papers

Determinants of remittances : recent evidence using data on internal migrants in Vietnam
Health reform, population policy and child nutritional status in China
Migrant labor markets and the welfare of rural households in the developing world : evidence from China