Population Science News

Call for CEDA pilot proposals

Deadline: February​ 5, 2018

CEDA continues its long-standing, NIA-funded pilot grant program to support promising new research projects.​ Proposals are invited in areas of population studies encompassed by CEDA’s mission, including CEDA’s signature themes:

  • Mortality and Health in Aging Populations
  • Biodemography of Aging (including population-level epigenetics)
  • Behavioral Economics applications to aging and health
  • Macrodemographic consequences of global aging

An important goal of the program is to generate competitive extramural research proposals to NIA and other funders, thus applicants should justify the need for pilot funds in order to successfully facilitate transition to larger research projects.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but we request submission by February 5th for fullest consideration.  Approval from NIA is expected by July 2018, with funding to begin in August 2018.  Funded proposals are generally in the range of $15,000-$30,000 (over one year)*, but larger proposals will be considered if well justified. 


Must have or be eligible for PI status at Berkeley, or if at another institution, be a CEDA member.

Application Format and Process

  • A two to four-​page proposal describing project aims, innovation, approach, research team, budget*, and timeline for pilot and future activities. 
  • Be sure to indicate whether the project involves human subjects.
  • The proposal should also state whether it is expected that the research will lead to a regular NIH proposal. ​ ​

* Funds can be used to pay a GSR, purchase data, conduct experiments, and other reasonable purposes.  Funds must be spent by June 30th, 2019, and other requirements apply. If the proposal is selected for funding, Liz​ Vasile (at CEDA) will facilitate development of a more formal budget as needed.

​See the attached ​CEDA Pilot Guidelines document on this website for additional details.  If you are considering submitting a proposal, you are welcome to email or phone Will Dow (wdow@berkeley.edu) or Liz Vasile (evasile@berkeley.edu) first to discuss it. Submit the proposal by email to Liz Vasile, evasile@berkeley.edu .

Note (especially directed to economists): health economics is an integral part of the interdisciplinary science NIA supports.  In order to receive NIA approval, the proposed research should focus primarily on health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and other health and demographic determinants. NIH’s guidance is available here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-025.html. There is some nuance to this NIH rule though, so please contact us if you are unsure whether or not your research would fit. 


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