Weekly News, February 6, 2023

Join us! Our next Brown Bag Talk of the semester is this Wednesday, February 8th, at 12pm, with Madeline Duhon, who will present, “Socioeconomic Status and Parental Beliefs.” Maddie is a Postdoctoral Fellow with us in the Department of Demography here at UC Berkeley. 

The inaugural All-UC Demography Conference, hosted by the University of California, Irvine’s Center for Population, Inequality and Policy, will highlight current demographic research and provide a venue for making connections across UC campuses, with a keynote talk by Ronald Lee. The conference will be held May 4th and May 5th, at the University of California, Irvine. The plan is to hold faculty paper sessions with discussants, as well as an additional graduate student poster competition, with awards and a reception. The submission deadline for both papers and posters is today, February 6th, 11:59pm. Presenters will be notified by early March. Limited travel award support will be available for graduate students with accepted posters. For more information, please visit the conference website here.

The NIH has updated their FAQs on budget/costs related to the Data Management & Sharing Policy here. See Section “F” Q1-13. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. 

NIH grant applicants will now likely come across the Public Health Service (PHS) assignment request form when putting together grant applications. It’s optional, but applicants are encouraged to complete it. See further details

Also in NIH news, the policy notice establishing stipend levels for for fiscal year (FY) 2023 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows has been released: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-23-076.html.

See further announcements and opportunities below.


February 7 | 12:40-2pm | Health Services Research Colloquium, sponsored by the Health Policy Doctoral Program | Maya Rossin-Slater, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Department of Economics, Stanford University, will present Maternal and Infant Health Inequity:  New Evidence from Linked Administrative Data. Sessions are in-person, from 12:40 – 2pm in Berkeley Way West (BWW) 1102. BWW is located at 2121 Berkeley Way between Oxford and Shattuck. 

February 8  | 12-1:10pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Madeline Duhon, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Demography at UC Berkeley, will present “Socioeconomic Status and Parental Beliefs.” Social Science Building, Seminar Room 310, Zoom Meeting ID: 960 6550 7453 Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details are here.

February 8 | 4:10 pm | Berkeley Graduate Lectures | Michael W. McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor, Director of the Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School will present, “Constructing a Republican Executive.” This is a free event and open to the public. Location: The Bancroft Hotel — 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. See more information here.

Social Science Matrix Events:

February 15, 4-5:30pm | Matrix Distinguished Lecture | Justice Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The topic of the lecture will be “Reimagining Globalization.” A former justice of the Supreme Court of California, Justice Cuéllar served two U.S. presidents at the White House and in federal agencies, and was a faculty member at Stanford University for two decades. Before serving on California’s highest court, Justice Cuéllar was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. In this capacity, he oversaw programs on international security, governance and development, global health, cyber policy, migration, and climate change and food security. This will be a hybrid event: In-person, 820 Social Sciences Building, and via Zoom. REGISTER.

February 16th | 12-1:30pm | Matrix Distinguished Lecture | Economics and Geopolitics in US International Relations: China, Europe, and the Global South. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have reshaped global geopolitics, trade, and security. How will these changes affect the relationships between the US and China, Europe, and the Global South? In this panel discussion, a group of distinguished scholars will answer these questions and address the possible implications for the global multilateral order established in the second half of the 20th century. The panel will feature Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; James Fearon, Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies; Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Economic Counsellor and Director of Research of the International Monetary Fund (on leave from UC Berkeley, where he is the S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management in the Department of Economics and at the Haas School of Business); and Laura Tyson, Class of 1939 Professor of Economics and Business Administration and Distinguished Professor Emerita of Economics at UC Berkeley. The panel will be moderated by John Zysman, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley and co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. Co-sponsored by the Clausen Center for International Business & Policy. The location for this event is TBD. REGISTER.


Join for the “Health Care Use and Living Arrangements Among Older Adults Diagnosed with Dementia” webinar on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (EST). The webinar will be hosted by the Coordinating Center for the Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Related Dementias, the Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease and Services (HEADS) Center, and the Center for Advancing Sociodemographic and Economic Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (CeASES-ADRD) at the University of Southern California. Questions related to the webinar can be directed to Jana Deatrick (jlbruce@umich.edu). Please register to attend here

Register now to attend this 30 March 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. Learn more and register here.


Research Continuity and Retention Supplements: Supporting early-career investigators during critical life events. An important part of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in science is helping to keep promising researchers’ career paths on track when they are dealing with critical life events and responsibilities. Learn about the latest updates on the NIH Research Continuity and Retention Supplement program, which is designed to help early-career investigators during crucial life junctures like pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, serious illness, or family caregiving. Read the full blog post.

Seed Pilots for Aging Research Collaboration (SPARC): RCCN Pilot Grants to Promote Inter-NIA Center Collaborative Research. This mechanism provides funding to catalyze enduring collaborations for at least two collaborative pilot, planning or meeting grants of up to $65,000 supporting interdisciplinary research in cross cutting theme areas per year. The RCCN Pilot Award application process has been updated since our last RFA. Going forward, proposal topics can be related to any RCCN Workshop theme. In addition, there will be two set deadlines each year: April 1 and October 1. Proposals should address topics spanning the missions of multiple NIA Center programs. Relevant topics are exemplified by the themes of RCCN-sponsored workshops. Each project should involve at least two NIA-sponsored research centers. Further details are here.

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan has just announced a new cohort-based research employment opportunity for recent college graduates who wish to prepare for an advanced degree or career in social science research. The Junior Professional Researcher (JPR) program offers an opportunity for participants to gain skills and first-hand exposure to research at ISR. More information about the program is available on the ISR website. Candidates can apply directly through the U-M careers website by March 13, 2023

NSF Issues Call for Grants on Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models. In a joint directorate collaboration (mathematical sciences and social, behavioral, and economics sciences) has re-issued a call for proposals to the IHBEM program. The Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (IHBEM) Program supports research that incorporates research on social and behavioral processes in mathematical epidemiological models. The program provides support for projects that involve balanced participation from the mathematical sciences and from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.  For more information. Read the program solicitation.


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.

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).

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

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. 


Call for Papers for International Conference on Labour Migration and Sustainable Development in Asia. The South Asia Centre for Labour Mobility and Migrants (SALAM) at International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai announces its first International Conference on “Labour Migration and Sustainable Development in Asia: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward”. This conference is scheduled to be held during June 1-3, 2023 at IIPS, Mumbai. Call for papers open now. Deadline for abstract submission is February 13, 2023. Read more.

Vienna Yearbook of Population Research Submissions for a Special Issue. The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research (VYPR) is seeking submissions for a Special Issue entitled “Population and Climate Change: The Defining Relationship of the 21st Century,” which will be guest edited by Roman Hoffmann, Liliana Andriano, Marion Borderon, Kathryn Grace, Tobias Rüttenauer and Erich Striessnig. This Special Issue will address the close reciprocal relationships between population and climate change and propose evidence-based policy solutions to building sustainable and resilient societies. Deadline March 31, 2023. Read more here.

Call for Papers: Advances in Life Course Research Special Issue on Young Adult Life Courses in the Global South.  This special issue uses a life course lens to study young adult work-family lives in low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2023. Read the full call here and 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 California Collaborative for Pandemic Recovery and Readiness Research (CPR3) recently issued a request for proposals for COVID-19 pandemic-related research within two priority topic areas. Grants will be $100K-$300K for 1-year. The two priority topic areas are: 

  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and adolescents (including health and social determinants of health), and the role of intersecting social, structural, and economic factors at household and community levels
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, particularly among sub-populations at increased risk such as the elderly, children, people with pre-existing conditions, and communities with underlying social vulnerabilities

These awards are intended for individuals with Principal Investigator (PI) status at any University of California (UC) campus, and PIs must have a departmental mechanism to receive funding. PIs across research disciplines are welcome to apply, and collaboration with community and public health partners is encouraged. This is an open RFP for investigators from all UC campuses. Application details are available at: https://cpr3.ucsf.edu/funding-opportunities. Please email cpr3@ucsf.edu with any additional questions. Applications are due February 28, 2023, by 6pm PST.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Climate Change and Human Health seed grant. The program aims to stimulate the growth of new connections between scholars working in largely disconnected fields who could change the course of climate change’s impact on human health. Funding: Up to $50K. Deadline is April 12, 2023. 

The Mercury Project Call for Proposals.

The SSRC announces a new call for proposals for the Mercury Project. Proposals are invited to evaluate the causal impacts of online or offline interventions designed to increase demand for vaccinations consistent with national priorities, including childhood vaccines, HPV, polio, measles, and Covid-19 vaccinations, in low- and lower-middle income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Applicants are encouraged to consider the Mercury Project’s Research Framework in developing proposals. Preference will be given to projects that:

  1. evaluate the effects of interventions on behavioral outcomes, including vaccination uptake;
  2. evaluate interventions that are designed and delivered in collaboration with governmental, NGO, and/or corporate partners;
  3. have demonstrated potential to be cost-effective at scale;
  4. include researchers and research institutions located in the countries in which the study is being conducted.

Proposed projects may have a duration of up to 30 months. Proposals received after May 1, 2023 will not be reviewed. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to submit proposals earlier rather than later. Read more here.


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on Gender Measurement (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional) (NOT-OD-23-046).  The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research testing gender terminology (e.g., woman, man, nonbinary) for measuring current gender identity as part of the two-step method of data collection (sex assigned at birth and current gender identity).  Administrative supplements supported by this Notice of Special Interest will support research testing gender terminology (e.g., woman, man, nonbinary) for measuring current gender identity as part of the two-step method of data collection (sex assigned at birth and current gender identity). Supplements will support additional costs associated with incorporating, testing, validating, and/or refining a two-step method of gender ascertainment. Read the full Notice here.

Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-23-004.html. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to support novel environmental health research in which an unpredictable event or policy change provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data. The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and human-made disasters, emerging environmental public health threats, and policy changes in the U.S. and abroad. A distinguishing feature of an appropriate study is the need for rapid review and funding, substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle, for the research question to be addressed and swiftly implemented. The shortened time frame will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within 4-6 months. Due February 27, 2023; April 3, 2023; June 1, 2023; August 1, 2023. 

Interested in research on casual pathways & 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.

Trailblazer Award for New and Early Stage Investigators. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-24-022.html. This Trailblazer Award is an opportunity for NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm) to pursue research programs that integrate engineering and the physical sciences with the life and/or biomedical sciences. A Trailblazer project may be exploratory, developmental, proof of concept, or high risk-high impact, and may be technology design-directed, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven. Importantly, applicants must propose research approaches for which there are minimal or no preliminary data. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-24-022.html. NIBIB, NIA, and NEI are participating. Due Feb 16, June 16, Oct 16, 2023.



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