Weekly News, February 27, 2023

Our next Brown Bag Talk of the semester is Wednesday, March 1st, at 12pm, with Trent Alexander and Katie Genadek, who will present, “New Data and Research Using Linked Decennial Census Records from 1940-2020.” We are delighted to host Trent and Katie in person, so do join us in our Seminar Room, 310 Social Sciences Building. The complete Spring 2023 Brown Bag Series is posted here. Video recordings of past presentations can be viewed at the Population Sciences at Berkeley YouTube Channel.

See further announcements and opportunities below.


February 27 | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Department of Sociology | Florencia Torche, Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, will present “Doing Gender and the Surname Choices of Married Women.402 Social Sciences Building, and Zoom, here.

Meeting ID:  972 1921 7198 Passcode: 131351

March 1  | 12-1:10pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Trent Alexander, Associate Director and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, and Katie Genadek, Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado-Boulder. Trent and Katie will present “New Data and Research Using Linked Decennial Census Records from 1940-2020.” 310 Social Sciences Building. Event details are here. Zoom link here

Zoom Meeting ID: 960 6550 7453 Password: DEMOG_BB

March 3 | The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) 11th Annual Meeting brings together actors from academia and research, scholarly publishing, and policy to share knowledge and discuss efforts to advance transparency, reproducibility, credibility, ethics, and inclusion in science. This all-day event will be held in person in Berkeley, CA on March 3rd, with the option to watch virtually. The folks at BITSS are delighted to announce keynote speaker Guido Imbens, the 2021 Nobel Prize Laureate, as well as two keynote panel conversations, including Undersecretary of Finance of Chile, Claudia Sanhueza, and CEO of IDinsight and Chair of the Board of Directors of 3ie, Ruth Levine. See the full program, other details, and register here.


“Model simple, think complex” – A symposium in honor of James W. Vaupel. On the occasion of the first anniversary of his sudden passing away, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research would like to honor its Founding Director with a one-day symposium showcasing James Vaupel’s groundbreaking contributions to the field of demography. We are specifically interested in his scientific legacy as it is revealed by the exciting work that is happening in our inter-discipline now and that builds on the methods, theories, and models developed by Jim throughout his career. The symposium will take place at the MPIDR in Rostock on March 27, 2023 from 2 to 7 pm. Details are here.


IUSSP Webinar on “Declining Mortality and Multi-Morbidity at Death.” Its aim is to draw attention to the role played by multi-morbidity in current epidemiological profiles and mortality dynamics. March, 30th, 2023. Learn more and register here.

Considering Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences When Studying Resilience.

A Research Centers Collaborative Network (of the NIA) Webinar. A person’s physical and psychological resilience is often thought to underlie their response to acute and chronic stressors. All of the National Institute on Aging extramural research programs have funding opportunities for studying resilience. One area that transcends all of these announcements is the importance of considering resilience in the context of disparities. This webinar will focus on the importance of taking disparities into account when studying resilience. The session will feature presentations from researchers studying resilience across populations and interventions to promote resilience. The webinar speakers will discuss the following:

  • NIA’s disparities framework and its application to the study of resilience
  • Evaluating resilience measurements in a way that allows for better understanding of resilience in the context of health disparities
  • Setting expectations for responsible use of resilience measures and data for the health of diverse populations
  • Religion and spiritual coping as a source of resiliency

March 30, 2023. Learn more and register here.


The UAPS FP/SRHR Panel is inviting all researchers, data scientists, and policy actors to participate in a 3-day Virtual Workshop on Taking Stock of the Current FP/SRH Evidence and Policy Landscape in the African Region. Presentations will include research works exploring (a) big data, data gaps, and new findings on SRH/FP trends and determinants; (b) challenges and opportunities for post-abortion family planning; and (c) new findings and programmatic implications for adolescents and young people. Download the programme for the workshop at https://uaps-uepa.org/fp-srhr-panel-virtual-workshop/  Date: 1 – 3 March 2023. Time: 13:00 – 16:00 (UTC) each day.

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is now accepting applications for the Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM) for 2023. SIMRM is co-run by Affiliate Irene Bloemraad and Jennifer Van Hook of Penn State University. SIMRM will take place from June 7-15, 2023 at the UC Berkeley campus. SIMRM 2023 will focus on interviewing as a migration research methodology. The SIMRM is open to advanced graduate students, early-career researchers in government or not-for-profit research centers, post-docs, and beginning faculty within five years of their PhD or equivalent degree. Read the details of the call here; the deadline is March 1, 2023

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Dementia and Population Health Trends. MiCSDA’s TRENDS Network at the University of Michigan seeks manuscript proposals on the topic of dementia and population health trends. The Network is interested in research from a broad array of scientific disciplines including those within public health, the social sciences, and the clinical sciences. The authors will present the manuscripts at a one-day conference in Ann Arbor on May 12, 2023. We anticipate that the manuscripts will be published as part of a supplemental issue in a peer-reviewed journal. Several priority areas have been identified:

1. Leveraging of national health surveys (e.g., HRS, NHATS) or large-scale electronic health records/medical claims to understand trends in dementia or dementia care in the United States

2. International comparisons of dementia or dementia care trends

3. COVID-19 and dementia or dementia care trends

4. Interrelations between changing family demography and future care for older adults with dementia. 

A 2-3-page proposal should describe the rationale and aim(s) of the manuscript as well as data and methods to be used. If preliminary findings exist, they should be described. Please include the CVs of the authors along with the proposal. The deadline for proposals is March 1, 2023. Please submit proposals to Jana Deatrick at jlbruce@umich.edu. Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to Neil Mehta (nemehta@utmb.edu) or Lindsay Kobayashi (lkob@umich.edu).

With support from the National Institute of Aging, the Center for Demography of Health and Aging and Initiative in Social Genomics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is hosting The Advances in Social Genomics Conference Series (TAGC). The goal of this conference is to showcase scholarship that considers biodemographic factors across the life course that shape health and aging processes. The two-day conference will include a three-hour training workshop focused on the All of Us data and applications, a keynote presentation, and a set of paper presentations.  Researchers from any of the biological or social sciences are encouraged to participate. There is no conference registration fee. Funding is available for travel and accommodations of selected papers. To be considered for this conference, please submit a complete paper, a working draft, or an extended abstract (including data description, methods, and preliminary results) as a .pdf file here by March 15, 2023.

The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) will be hosting its Fall conference on “Gender, Sexuality, and Health Across the Life Course: Current Challenges and Opportunities for Population Health and Health Equity.” Groups of individuals are invited to submit panels that will present original research or engage in innovative discussions that push the boundaries of population health science, practice, theory, methods, student training, or technological innovations (or a combination of these) around a significant issue related to population health. IAPHS is now accepting abstracts for individual and panel presentations for the Oct 2023 conference in Baltimore. Deadline is March 6, 2023. Learn more and apply here.

The Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA) at the University of Michigan is partnering with the Gateway to Global Aging Data (at USC) on a conference focusing on long-term care (LTC) policy and its impact on people and communities. The conference will be held November 7-8, 2023 in Washington, DC. Abstracts are due March 31, 2023. 

2023 Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research & Policy Conference. The 2023 FCSM Research and Policy Conference, to be held on October 24-26, 2023, in Baltimore, MD, provides a forum for experts and practitioners from around the world to discuss and exchange current methodological knowledge and policy insights about topics of current and critical importance to federal agencies. FCSM Research and Policy Conference seeks abstracts that address advances in credible and accurate survey and statistical methodologies from both research and policy perspectives. Abstracts should be limited to 200 words and are due April 3. Read more and submit here.


The Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key lever for change (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; social work; sociology). The application deadline is March 15th. Read more and apply here.

Coming soon. The California Collaborative for Pandemic Recovery and Readiness Research (CPR3 ) has released two new priority research areas, and will open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in the coming weeks. These new funding opportunities will be related to two priority topic areas:

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on social and economic outcomes (e.g., those related to household finances, housing/mobility, labor markets, etc.) and evaluation of policies/interventions designed to mitigate or stabilize these effects
  • Behavior change to improve adherence to public health recommendations/policies and uptake of pandemic-related interventions, including public health communication strategies

The RFPs will be for 1-year grants of $100,000 to $300,000. Application requirements and processes will be similar to the previously released RFPs. See website for information on all of CPR3‘s priority research areas, the RFP application process, and the announcement of the two upcoming RFPs in March. For additional questions, please email cpr3@ucsf.edu.

Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics. Nominations are sought for the 2023 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics. The award is intended to reflect the characteristics that marked Roger Herriot’s career including:

  • Dedication to the issues of measurement;
  • Improvements in the efficiency of data collection programs; and
  • Improvements and use of statistical data for policy analysis.

Individuals or teams at all levels within Federal statistical agencies, other government organizations, nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and the academic community may be nominated on the basis of their contributions. Nominations for the 2023 award will be accepted until April 14, 2023. Read more.

Request for Information on the NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research (NOT-OD-23-091). NIH seeks public input on the “NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research” (NIH Public Access Plan). NIH has a decades-long history of providing public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from the research it supports, including through the 2008 NIH Public Access Policy and the 2023 Data Management and Sharing Policy. In 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memorandum on “Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research” that establishes new guidance for improving public access to scholarly publications and data resulting from Federally supported research. The NIH Public Access Plan outlines the proposed approach NIH will take to implement the new guidance, consistent with its longstanding commitment to public access. Respond by April 24, 2023. Read more here.

The 2023 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods. Introductory to advanced training in statistics, data analysis, and quantitative research methods. This summer ICPSR will offer over 90 courses, workshops, and lectures in research methods, from statistics, measurement, and data analysis, to formal theory and qualitative analysis, and from introductory to advanced levels. Nearly all of our offerings this year are taught both in-person and online live-synchronously, and all are also recorded for asynchronous following/reviewing later. Recordings and other course material is available through December 2023. Registration is now open. Learn more.

Request for Information (RFI): Future Directions in Violence Against Women Research. Notice Number (NOT-NR-23-008). This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather public input on priority scientific directions in violence against women (VAW) research. This includes cisgender, transgender, and gender-diverse persons who identify as a woman or girl, as well as other individuals assigned female at birth but who may not identify as a woman or girl. Specifically, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), and the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) are soliciting comments from the public on scientific gaps and research opportunities to address longstanding and emergent factors that perpetuate VAW. This request solicits input on a broad range of topics to inform research directions to better understand and identify opportunities to address underlying causes that influence women’s exposure to violence and to identify approaches to address the health impacts and sequelae of VAW.  In this request, VAW is considered broadly to include but not be limited to: domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual assault and rape, dating violence and abuse, peer violence, physical and mental abuse, sexual coercion, stalking, homicide, and elder mistreatment. Response date: March 31, 2023. Read more here.

WT Grant Foundation Scholars Program  The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community. Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas. Due July 5, 2023. Further information. 


California Labor Lab Pilot Grant Opportunity: https://calaborlab.ucsf.edu/pilot-grants

This program’s objective is to support research that aims to understand or enhance worker health. Funding priorities include: responding to the mission of the California Labor Lab, research consistent with the NIOSH Total Worker Health® approach, having an emphasis on vulnerable populations, or focusing on the physical and mental health impact of non-traditional work arrangements. An important priority is to support young investigators or more senior investigators new to these areas. Research that addresses ways to work with affected workers more effectively or that concerns policy approaches to worker health and well-being is welcome.

Award size: $10,000-20,000

Project duration: 12 or 18 months

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible candidates include:
    • Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and early investigators (within 5 years of first appointment), or
    • Later career candidates with a new focus in this area, or
    • Non-academics from non-profit and NGOs focused on labor and employment health and safety initiatives
  • Each applicant may submit only one proposal per funding cycle.
  • Students should be enrolled or affiliated with a US Institution (US citizenship not required).

Deadline March 1, 2023.

Funding Opportunities from the Russell Sage Foundation. The Russell Sage Foundation has a number of funding opportunities for the year with upcoming deadlines, below or read about them here. RSF is hosting a webinar with details and a Q&A about the programs and best practices for applying for a RSF research award on April 3 at 2 PM ET. Register here.

Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is seeking evidence on policies and programs that improve access to nutritious food, nutrition security, and health outcomes. Up to $2.5 million is available for studies that focus on:

  • Federal nutrition-assistance programs;
  • Hunger-relief programs;
  • Community-powered food programs; and
  • Social and economic programs (nonfood policies).

Research can include strengthening existing programs, evaluating current policies, and testing new, innovative solutions that could have a real impact on improving nutrition equity and reducing disparities. Learn more about eligibility and application requirements. Apply by April 5, 2023. 


The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is issuing NOT-HD-23-001: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI):  Mortality of Adolescents, Young Adults, and Other NICHD Priority Populations in the United States. Applications are invited to investigate:

  • Identify mechanisms, causes, correlates, and modifiable risk factors underlying recent trends in mortality during adolescence and young adulthood. Trends to be examined include the growing inequalities in overall mortality and by cause of death and manner of death (natural, unintentional and intentional injuries, including suicide and homicide, and undetermined), with attention to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, disability status, as well as family structure and living arrangements, income, education, and geographic location.
  • Examine trends in mortality among individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities with a particular interest in studies that identify mechanisms, explanations, and modifiable risk factors.
  • Improve the accuracy and granularity of cause of death coding, especially for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, and to improve the accuracy of manner of death coding, particularly across unintentional and intentional injuries, including suicide and homicide, for adolescents and young adults as well as for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
  • Improve research on mortality among youth populations of all sexual orientations and gender identities –especially for suicide and homicide, and other intentional and unintentional injuries.
  • Examine the impact of rising mortality among adolescents, adolescents transitioning to adulthood and young adults on the health and development of the population, including demographic factors such as fertility and nuptiality, on the health and development of decedents’ offspring and other family members, and on the health, development, and well-being of populations of interest to the NICHD is of high program priority.

The NICHD populations of interest that are the focus of this Notice are adolescents, young adults, and individuals with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities. For information on the NICHD Strategic Plan 2020: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/strategicplan

NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute. August 7-11, 2023 in Bethesda, MD (in person). The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising early-career minority health/health disparities research scientists and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science. Applications will only be accepted from individuals who meet NIH’s early-stage investigator (ESI) eligibility criteria. Apply by March 13, 2023, HERE.

Notice of Funding Opportunity. RFA-AG-24-011 invites applications for research addressing the Role of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and /AD-Related Dementia Etiology and Disparities. Letters of intent are due August 27, 2023. Applications due September 27, 2023. See RFA here.

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research to Improve Pre-Pregnancy Care and Enhance Healthy Birth Intervals (NOT-HD-23-003) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The purpose of this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) is to encourage research on the processes that facilitate or hinder the achievement of healthy interbirth intervals and promote healthy birth outcomes. Because short interbirth intervals are associated with a range of risk factors and poor maternal and child health outcomes, reducing the proportion of pregnancies conceived within 18 months of a previous pregnancy is a Healthy People 2030 objective. These negative outcomes include a lack of preconception health care, delayed prenatal care, preeclampsia, prematurity, low birth weight, infant mortality, and maternal morbidity and mortality. Short interbirth intervals may also reduce the duration of breastfeeding; conversely, the continuation of breastfeeding can contribute to the lengthening of interbirth intervals. This NOSI is intended to encourage collaboration among researchers across the social, behavioral, biomedical, and public health sciences to elucidate understanding of the modifiable factors behind barriers to enhancing birth intervals. First available due date: June 05, 2023. Read the full NOSI here

NIMHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-23-111.html. NIMHD invites applications to support short-term exploratory or developmental research projects that have the potential to break new ground in the fields of minority health and/or health disparities or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications that can directly contribute to improving minority health and/or reducing health disparities in the U.S. Applications are due June 16, October 16, 2023, see here.

Interested in research on casual pathways and mechanisms through which social connectedness & isolation are associated with healthy aging? See three funding opportunities on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness & Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, & Recovery. PAR-21-349 is an R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans. PAR-21-350 is an R01 where clinical trials are not allowed. PAR-21-352 is an R01 where clinical trials are required.



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