Pilot Grants

Two times a year, Berkeley Population Center (BPC) affiliates and other faculty with PI status may apply for a pilot grant for seed or ‘risky’ research projects. We encourage innovative research that is ‘risky’ in the sense that the researcher has uncertainty about the form of the results. Proposed research should also be aligned with our signature themes of Demography and Data Science, Formal Demography, Reproduction and HIV, Population Health, and Family Policy. We seek to fund projects aligned with mission of NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/der/branches/pdb .

These grants award up to $20,000, and may be funded in collaboration with the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA). For more information, please download the Call for Proposals and the Pilot Guidelines (revised October 2022).   See also, a List of Past Awards.

The next due date will be November 1, 2023.