Weekly News October 11, 2021

Last week the Weekly News included an announcement about a K22 NIH grant (NIA Career Transition Award (K22 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed), which was a new one to me. I sought clarification from Dr. Maria Carranza, who is the NIA Training Officer, asking her to explain the difference between the several career development grants for those with recent PhDs, that is, F32, K01, K22 and K99/R00.  Each has different levels of support in terms of salary, length of award, and other details.  Here’s what she had to say.

Both the K99 and K22 opportunities aim to facilitate the transition of more advanced postdoctoral scholars to tenure-track faculty positions. [The K01 is for someone already with a faculty appointment The specific eligibility requirements and duration of support of each award make them complementary.

The F32 is a more developmental postdoctoral award intended for early career postdocs. NIA supports two types of F32 awards which can be viewed here. Individuals may receive up to 5 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the predoctoral level (up to 6 years for dual degree training, e.g., MD/PhD), and up to 3 years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at the postdoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional training grants (e.g., T32) and an individual fellowship award.

NIA-specific K01 guidance requires K01 awardees to have a ‘junior faculty position’ at the time of award. A letter of institutional commitment should show noncontingent availability of research resources equivalent to those available to a tenure-track faculty member. However, the position may or may not be tenure-track. Similarly, a K22 will not be awarded without a faculty appointment.

The decision between these opportunities may depend on:
1. Career stage (recent graduate for F32 vs. more advanced postdoc for K99/K22/K01)
2. Years of postdoctoral experience (less than 4 years for K99 vs. 2-8 years for K22)
3. Position type (postdoctoral fellow for F32, K99 vs. junior faculty or equivalent for K01, K22 – and the R00 portion of the K99).
4. Citizenship (citizenship or permanent residency for F32/K22/K01 vs. non-U.S. citizens with temporary U.S. visas for K99).

I add that the F32 is for up to 3 years, K99/R00 is 2 + 3 years, K01 is up to 5 years, and K22 is up to 3 years. The F32 is an ‘NRSA’ award and has limits of years of support combined with other NRSA grants, such as the F31 (Predoctoral) and T32 pre- and post-doctoral awards.  Also, Dr. Carranza focused on NIA requirements – there are variations from institute to institute.

Time-allowing, I can give some advice to graduate students on these grants. I will be hosting an introduction to NIH grants (most likely virtual), probably in December.

In other news: SPO will again take a winter curtailment, and be closed from noon on Dec 17 to Jan 4. That means any grant submissions or other activities requiring input or action from your grant administrators must be timed accordingly, e.g., a grant due to the agency on Jan 5 should be submitted to SPO by Dec 10. 

Events and announcements follow.
Be well,


We are hosting virtual and/or hybrid talks this semester. Assume virtual unless noted otherwise. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted. 

*The Population Sciences events calendar can be found here: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html.

Wednesday, October 6, 12-1 PM. Kathryn Grace, Geography, Environment and Society, University of Minnesota, “Data, measurement, and pathways linking climate change and child health” | Zoom Meeting ID: 998 5935 0488 Password: DEMOG_BB. 
*View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Thursday October 14, 12 noon EDT: Harvard Population Center “A critique of the Census Bureau’s justification for differential privacy.” Steven Ruggles, PhD, Regents Professor of History and Population Studies, and director, Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, University of Minnesota. Please register for Zoom link


The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD), a National Institute on Aging funded Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR), announces the 2022 research career enrichment program involving seminar participation and mentoring in AD-relevant research. We invite applications from those interested in enhancing their knowledge of contextual factors in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Funds are available for investigator-initiated research projects that support the development of independent NIH-funded projects. Proposals with high likelihood of advancing research on ADRD disparities, especially among Arab Americans and Latinos, are particularly encouraged. Three proposals will be selected to receive funds of up to $30,000 for one year with the grant period beginning on July 1, 2022. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please distribute this announcement within your department and/or program. Please see the attached announcement for full details. Completed applications and budget (Detailed Budget link) should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to mccfad.isr@umich.edu by 11:59pm on January 10, 2022. If you have questions, please email mccfad.isr@umich.edu. Thank you!

Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed). Seeks research projects that seek to model the underlying mechanisms, processes, and trajectories of social relationships and how these factors affect outcomes in health, illness, recovery, and overall well-being. Both animal model and human subjects research projects are welcome; however, clinical trials are not allowed. Researchers proposing Basic Experimental Studies with Humans (BESH) should consider the companion FOA, PAR-21-349, “Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required).” For more information: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-21-350.html

Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging – Call for pilot proposals. Due date: Friday, December 10, 2021 at 5:00pm EST. The National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA) invites investigators to submit proposals for pilot research related to U.S. rural population health and aging trends and disparities. Projects will begin as early as March 15, 2022. Grant proposals are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, December 10, 2021. See attached PDF.

PAA Applied Demography Conference
. Join your fellow applied demographers to share work, strengthen your network, and come together with the entire applied demography community. Call for papers deadline is October 31. This conference will be held virtually.

Call for Participation at the 2021 Annual Conference of the Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (PAPOR), December 1-3, 2021. To be held virtually. Submissions for the 2021 Annual Conference of the Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research are now open. PAPOR enthusiastically welcomes submissions for panel presentations on any topic related to public opinion research, theory, or methodology. We encourage participation from all sectors engaged in public opinion and public policy research, including academia, government, private sector, and non-profit. For more information, visit www.papor.org

Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu. D-Lab offers training, individual consulting and data services for the UC Berkeley community – faculty to undergrads. All services are currently virtual. Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu.

All jobs and postdoctoral fellowships are posted as we receive them on the Demography Department Jobs Listserv, http://lists.demog.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/jobs. This list advertises positions of all sorts relevant for social and behavioral scientists with advanced degrees. 
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