Weekly News, January 17, 2023

The University of California, Irvine’s Center for Population, Inequality and Policy invites submissions to present at the inaugural All-UC Demography Conference. This meeting 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 in person at 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 Monday, February 6th, 2023, 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 Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA) is pleased to announce a new call for pilot research proposals for AY 2023-2024, with a submission deadline of February 1, 2023. See attached announcement for further details as well as here.

Our first Brown Bag Series talk of the semester will be held on February 1st, 2023, at 12pm, with Dr. Rachel Margolis. Dr. Margolis, an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, will present “Loneliness Transitions Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults Around the World.” Event details are here.

A reminder that registration is now open for PAA 2023. Register now for the best rate–early bird ends January 31. All presenters must register by February 15. You may also book your room at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

In addition, the ASA’s online portal is open for submissions for its 2023 Annual Meeting, to be held August 27th-31st in Philadelphia, PA. The submission deadline is Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Review the Call for Submissions for details.

Have questions about applying for your first NIA research award? Tune into the @NIHAging Expert Office Hours event on January 25 from 1-1:30pm ET using the hashtag #AskNIA to hear from NIA’s training and career development experts.

More on the NIH’s 2023 Data Management and Sharing Policy DMS change, to begin on January 25: 12 Days of Data Management and Sharing Tips & Resources.  See also the Director’s Blog: Preparing for the 2023 Data Management and Sharing Policy.

See further announcements and opportunities below. A big, warm welcome back to Spring Semester 2023. 


Accessing U.S. data for research just got easier. The new SAP has launched — process, portal, and policy! The Standard Application Process, or SAP, is a “front door” to apply for permission to use protected data from all 16 federal statistical agencies and units for evidence building. The SAP includes a catalog of protected data assets and an application that researchers can use to apply for access to protected data from a single website: ResearchDataGov.org.

Why is this important to the FSRDCs? The SAP is a big step forward in better serving the statistical system’s customers, both those who use FSRDCs and those who use other access options, and a launching pad for much more to come.  FSRDCs are critical partners as we continue to seize opportunities to advance evidence building. For more:

1.       See one-page overview (attached)

2.       Visit the SAP program page

3.       Visit the SAP Portal https://bit.ly/3rFVSby

Are you new to NIH grants and looking to better understand the processes and policies behind NIH funding? Or are you experienced and want to brush up on the latest policies and information? The 2023 NIH Grants Conference conference “Funding, Policies, and Processes” is free and taking place virtually on February 1 and 2. This is a great opportunity to better understand the processes and policies behind NIH funding. During this two-day live event, NIH and HHS experts will share policies, resources, guidance, and case studies in informative and engaging sessions. Read more here and register here.

Research Opportunity for Undergraduate Students: NextGenPop Undergraduate Program in Population Research. NextGenPop is an undergraduate program in population research that aims to increase the diversity of the population field and nurture the next generation of population scholars. The program includes a 2-week, in-person, on-campus summer experience and subsequent virtual components focused on research and professional development. This summer 2023, 15 undergraduate students will be hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, June 4 – 18. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend as well as funds to cover all travel and living expenses. Classroom instruction and hands-on applications will address contemporary social and policy issues in population research, including race and income inequalities, health disparities, immigration, and family change. For more information, see the website, and application. Deadline: February 1, 2023.

Update on Simplifying Review Criteria: A Request for Information. NIH has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback on revising and simplifying the peer review framework for research project grant applications. The goal of this effort is to facilitate the mission of scientific peer review – identification of the strongest, highest-impact research.  The proposed changes will allow peer reviewers to focus on scientific merit by evaluating 1) the scientific impact, research rigor, and feasibility of the proposed research without the distraction of administrative questions and 2) whether or not appropriate expertise and resources are available to conduct the research, thus mitigating the undue influence of the reputation of the institution or investigator. Learn more here.


The Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Partnership has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for research on federal nutrition assistance programs. Funding will support innovative research on nutrition assistance programs and looks to broaden the network of researchers applying their expertise to USDA topics. This grant program seeks applications from a diverse community of experienced nutrition assistance researchers, early career scholars, and established researchers who are new to nutrition assistance research. Proposals are due Jan. 30, 2023. Awards are capped at $75,000 and 18 months in duration. The research program is administered by a partnership of Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Missouri. More information about the RIDGE program is available at https://ridge.nutrition.tufts.edu/. To access the 2023 Request for Proposals (RFP), instructions, and application templates, see Information for 2023 Applicants.

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI). Administrative Supplement for Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethical Issues (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-23-018.html. The NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) within the Office of the Director (OD) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support 1) research on bioethical issues to develop or support the development of an evidence base that may inform future policy directions, and/or 2) certain efforts to develop or augment bioethics research capacity. Applicants may propose to supplement parent awards focused on bioethics or to address a component related to bioethics in a biomedical and/or health-related behavioral research study. Note that applications must be within the general scope of the parent award. Deadline is February 17, 2023.

Archiving and Documenting Child Health and Human Development Data Sets (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). (PAR-22-261) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support the archiving and documentation of existing data sets within the scientific mission of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in order to enable secondary analysis of these data by the scientific community. The highest priority is to archive original data collected with NICHD funding. Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement. For more information: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-22-261.html

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

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHSCC) (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-22-010.html. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications for Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers (EHS CC). As intellectual hubs for environmental health science research, the EHS CC is expected to be the thought leaders for the field and advance the goals of the NIEHS Strategic Plan (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/strategicplan/). The Core Centers provide critical research infrastructure, shared facilities, services and/or resources, to groups of investigators conducting environmental health sciences research. An EHS CC enables researchers to conduct their independently-funded individual and/or collaborative research projects more efficiently and/or more effectively. The overall goal of an EHS CC is to identify and capitalize on emerging issues that advance understanding of the relationships among environmental exposures, human biology, and disease. The EHS CC supports community engagement and translational research as key approaches to improving public health. The deadline is April 19, 2023

Time-Sensitive Opportunities for Health Research (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-22-233.html. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning November 1, 2022. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) establishes an accelerated review/award process to support research to understand health outcomes related to an unexpected and/or time-sensitive event (e.g., emergent environmental threat; pandemic; change in local, state, or national policy; natural disaster). Applications in response to this FOA must demonstrate that the research proposed is time-sensitive and must be initiated with minimum delay due to a limited window of opportunity to collect baseline data, answer key research questions, and/or prospectively evaluate a new policy or program. This FOA is intended to support opportunities in which empirical study could only be available through expedited review and funding, necessitating a substantially shorter process than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle. The time from submission to award is expected to occur within 4-5 months. However, administrative requirements and other unforeseen circumstances may delay issuance dates beyond that timeline.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an open call for proposals for “Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity.” Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. We are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander people, and other races and ethnicities)—as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority.

This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem. Learn more here


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 the Maryland Time Use Conference. Time is a critical but under-researched aspect of individual, family, and societal health and well-being. The focus of the 2023 University of Maryland (UMD) Time Use Conference will be time inequalities and how these influence daily activities, interactions, and well-being. The June 8-9, 2023 in-person UMD Time Use Conference will give members of the growing interdisciplinary time use research community the opportunity to interact and share ideas. Abstract Deadline January 31. Learn more here

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. Read more here.



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