Weekly News, September 18, 2023

Please join us Wednesday, September 20, at 12pm PST, for our next seminar of the Fall 2023 semester Demography Brown Bag Series, with Claudia Masferrer, Associate Professor, El Colegio de México, who will give a talk on “Recent Migration from the United States to Mexico: A Family Affair.” Dr. Masferrer will present remotely, via zoom. Attendees have an option to view in-person, 310 Social Sciences Building. Zoom Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198 Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details. The Brown Bag Seminar schedule for Fall 2023 is here

SAVE THE DATE: The Goldman School of Public Policy, the Othering & Belonging Institute, and the Berkeley Population Center invite you to join us on October 18, 5pm, for a discussion with authors Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein about their new book, Just Action and the Color of Lawincluding on courses of action that citizens may take to address state-enacted segregation. The event, held at Banatao Auditorium at 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, is free and open to the public. Event details are here.

The PAA 2024 Call for Papers is available and the Mirasmart submission website is open for submissions. The deadline is October 1. The Call for Workshop proposals is due October 9.

See further announcements and opportunities below.


September 18 | 2-3:30pm |  UC Berkeley Sociology Nicole Dezrea Jenkins, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, will present “CROWNed: Black Women’s Entanglement with Beauty, Identity, and Family.” Hybrid event. 402 Social Sciences Building and Zoom. Meeting ID:  995 6630 9571. Passcode: 465178. https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/99566309571?pwd=OEU2NitGSFNxMkRmalF4OE9uSjlRZz09

September 20  | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Series | Claudia Masferrer, Associate Professor, El Colegio de México, will present “Recent Migration from the United States to Mexico: A Family Affair.”  This talk is hybrid, 12pm, 310 Social Sciences Building. Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198. Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details are here

September 28 | Register for CEGA‘s upcoming symposium, Evidence to Action (E2A): Realigning Tech for Social Impact. This symposium will explore the evidence on tech for social good. (RSVP here). We’ll hear from several CEGA researchers who are studying the role of technology as a mechanism for improving disease diagnosis, electric grid reliability, and the distribution of goods, as well as a tool for targeting, tracking, and measuring the impact of promising development solutions. We’ll also have a discussion with members of the donor and policy communities about challenges to the adoption of new technologies by LMIC decision-makers. Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, will keynote. Location: Oakstop / The Hive. 2323 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612. Time: 12:30pm-7pm. Read more on the event web page


In collaboration with the University of St. Andrews, the European Population Conference (EPC) 2024 will be held June 12-15, in Edinburgh, Scotland. EPC 2024 is a general population conference with a special focus on the topic of Sustainable Populations; submissions on this topic are especially welcome. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2023. Read more about the call and submit your abstract here.

What is the Future of Behavioral Economics and Public Policy? Takeaways from Behavioral Economics: Policy Impact and Future Directions. Behavioral economics, which integrates insights from psychology and economics, has had a growing influence on research and policy. The National Academies’ recently released consensus report Behavioral Economics: Policy Impact and Future Directions offers an overview of the field’s history and core principles, evidence-based strategies for policy and practice, guidance for strengthening the field and supporting the implementation of tested ideas in real-world settings, and directions for future research.

Join this webinar on September 29 at 12:00pm ET, featuring Stefano DellaVigna (University of California, Berkeley, and member of the authoring committee for the report) sharing key takeaways from the report.  This webinar will feature a 20 minute presentation from Stefano DellaVigna (University of California, Berkeley, and member of the authoring committee for the report) sharing key takeaways from the report. Following the presentation, Katy Milkman (University of Pennsylvania, and member of the National Academies’ Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences) will engage Stefano in a dialogue about his presentation and then will moderate 15 minutes of audience Q&A.

Behavioral economics, which integrates insights from psychology and economics, has had a growing influence on research and policy. Our recently released consensus report Behavioral Economics: Policy Impact and Future Directions offers an overview of the field’s history and core principles, evidence-based strategies for policy and practice, guidance for strengthening the field and supporting the implementation of tested ideas in real-world settings, and directions for future research. Learn more and register here.

Join the NIA this fall to help enhance dementia study diversity. Population and genetics studies can help us understand aging-related health disparities. But for these insights to benefit everyone, the research must reflect the diversity of today’s population. NIA will host a hybrid workshop, “The Future of Population-Based Studies in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Setting Future Scientific Priorities,” on October 31-November 1. Register by October 16 to join. Read the full announcement.


Russell Sage Foundation.  The Pipeline Grants Competition seeks to support early- career scholars (Assistant Professors, Lecturers and Adjunct Assistant Professors) and promote diversity by prioritizing applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences. This includes racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Deadline is November 1, 2023Learn more and apply

Notice of Special Interest in Research on Family Support and Rejection in the Health and Well-Being of SGM Populations (Notice Number: NOT-OD-23-166). The mission of the NIH is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The NIH is committed to supporting research that will increase scientific understanding of health and well-being and lead to the development of effective evidence-based strategies, interventions, and services for people of all ages and backgrounds. NIH places a high priority on research with individuals and populations at increased risk for adverse health outcomes, and especially those who have received insufficient attention from the scientific research enterprise. To this end, and in response to Executive Order 14075 on Advancing Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Individuals, this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) announces an interest in research on the impact and consequences of family support and family rejection on the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority (SGM, defined for NIH purposes in NOT-OD-19-139) individuals across the life course. First available due date: September 25, 2023; expiration date, May 08, 2026.

Behavioral and Social Research on the Role of Immigration on Life Course Health and Aging, including AD/ADRD (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) invites innovative R21 applications that explore how structural, community, and interpersonal mechanisms operate over the life course among middle- and older aged racial and/or ethnic subgroups considered to be a minority in the US (see OMB Directive 15)  to shape health outcomes, and any resulting in health disparities. This NOFO also invites innovative applications that explore data needs and methods when studying the effect of immigration on life-course health, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD).  Applications with preliminary data are encouraged to apply to companion NOFO RFA-AG-24-028, which invites Research Project Grant (R01) applications. However, high-risk/high-payoff projects that lack preliminary data may be more appropriate for this NOFO.  Due November 3, 2023.

ARPA-H Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Abstracts can be submitted, and will be evaluated, on a rolling basis, with abstract feedback anticipated within approximately 4-6 weeks of receipt.  ARPA-H opened its first Agency-wide Open Broad Agency Announcement (Open BAA), seeking funding proposals for research aiming to improve health outcomes across patient populations, communities, diseases, and health conditions. The BAA calls for proposals to outline breakthrough research and technological advancements. Proposals should investigate unconventional approaches, and challenge accepted assumptions to enable leaps forward in science, technology, systems, or related capabilities. ARPA-H also encourages concepts to advance the objectives of President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot, as well as more disease-agnostic approaches. 

NIMHD Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21 – Clinical Trial Optional)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-23-111.html. NIMHD invites applications to support short-term exploratory or developmental research projects that have the potential to break new ground in the fields of minority health and/or health disparities or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications that can directly contribute to improving minority health and/or reducing health disparities in the U.S. Applications are due June 16, October 16, 2023, see here.

Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in AD/ADRD Research (R03 Clinical Trial Optional)This Small Research Grant (R03) program will support meritorious projects to provide needed scientific insight to improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and/or care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD). Specifically, this NOFO will support projects covering a wide range of topics related to AD/ADRD. The overall goal of this NOFO is (i) to encourage the next generation of researchers to pursue research and academic careers in AD/ADRD research; and (ii) to stimulate established researchers who have not had a major award in AD/ADRD research to perform pilot studies to develop new, innovative AD/ADRD research programs that leverage and build upon their existing expertise. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. Investigators who have not successfully competed for an award under this or prior versions of this announcement are specifically encouraged to apply. New submissions due October 16, 2023February 16, 2024.

ARPA-H has identified four initial focus areas that are a priority for investment: (1) Health Science Futures; (2) Scalable Solutions; (3) Proactive Health; (4) Resilient Systems; as well as targeted investments in tools that enable quantitative measurements of health outcomes, promote end-user adoption, facilitate participatory research, and advance relevant Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications (ELSI) topics. ARPA-H may also consider submissions outside of these thrust areas if the proposal involves the development of a novel capability to improve health outcomes or prolong well-being, especially if it would help either a substantial number of people or a population that currently lacks effective treatment options. ARPA-H is interested in funding holistic medium and larger scale proposals which could result in transformational impact rather than funding smaller exploratory studies.  Due March 14, 2024.

Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). The NIH Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) Program‘s overarching goal is to enhance the breadth and geographical location of research and research-related activities supported by NIH. The ReWARD program provides support for the health-related research of scientists who are making a significant contribution to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and who have no current NIH research project grant funding. The ReWARD program provides funding for both the scientific research and the DEIA activities of investigators. The grant will support scientific research in areas related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and ongoing DEIA activities focused on enhancing diversity in the biomedical research enterprise within the United States and territories. Deadlines are June 5, 2023; October 5, 2023.


Symposium on Black Immigration and Public Policy. The Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin will be organizing a Spring 2024 symposium on Black Immigration and Public Policy. The symposium will be held at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas on April 3, 2024. It will provide a forum for scholars, practitioners, and other participants to examine the social, economic, and political dimensions of these movements as well as their implications for public policy.

The institute invites submissions from authors exploring various aspects of the relationship between Black immigration and public policy. These could include, but are not limited to, submissions that address (a) immigration-related issues such as specific immigration policies, undocumented status, and refugee movements, as well as (b) the social incorporation of Black immigrants as reflected in their labor market outcomes, home ownership and residential attainment patterns, health outcomes, political participation, education, and community organizations.

The deadline for receiving submissions is October 31, 2023. Authors will be notified of papers accepted by December 1, 2023. Funds are available to cover the travel of a limited number of junior scholars whose papers are accepted for presentation. Submissions are now being accepted at  sites.utexas.edu/iupra . Please also use this website to register if you just plan to attend the event.



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