Population Science News

Weekly News — September 21, 2020

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars.

Wednesday, September 123, 12-1:15 PM. Demography Brown Bag. Presentations by our NIA T32 Postdoctoral Fellows, Nathan Seltzer, “Cohort-Specific Experiences of Industrial Decline and Intergenerational Income Mobility” and Jordan Weiss, “Forecasting the burden of dementia in the United States.” Zoom Meeting ID 937 1494 8703. Password: DEMOG_BB.

View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars.

Wednesday, September 123, 12-1:15 PM. Demography Brown Bag. Presentations by our NIA T32 Postdoctoral Fellows, Nathan Seltzer, “Cohort-Specific Experiences of Industrial Decline and Intergenerational Income Mobility” and Jordan Weiss, “Forecasting the burden of dementia in the United States.” Zoom Meeting ID 937 1494 8703. Password: DEMOG_BB.

View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Friday, October 9, 12 PM – 1:30 PM The Population Centers of the University of California – newly dubbed UCPop 
– is pleased to announce its inaugural (remote) meeting, “Race and Inequality: A Collaborative UCPop Event.” Keynote talk: “Demography of Race: The Propaganda of Demography” by Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania. REGISTRATION LINK TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

Monday, Sept 21, 12-4 PM EDT. Bowling Green’s Center for Family & Demographic Research presents Declining Fertility in the U.S.: Interpretations, Predictions, and Implications. The symposium is free, but pre-registration is required. Please contact the CFDR office, cfdr@bgsu.edu, to register. Speakers include Lawrence Wu, NYU, Allison Gemmill, Johns Hopkins and Joshua Goldstein, UCB.

NIA Releases New Cleared Concepts. A cleared concept doesn’t definitively mean that an award mechanism or funding allocation is just around the corner. Nothing is official until FOAs are published in the NIH Guide. This said, the bulk of our cleared concepts have historically become published FOAs a few months after their announcement. You can read the blog post ( with helpful links) here. For example, one is Networks to Develop Behavioral and Social Science Research in Aging.
Supplement your funded NIA grant to address topics related to Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Deadline October 16, 2020! NIA just released a Guide Notice (NOT-AG-20-034) inviting administrative supplement applications for research on Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD) for current NIH awards that are not currently focused on AD/ADRD but have potential to expand in that direction. The purpose of this Notice is to expand both the community of researchers and the diversity of approaches for research on Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias—frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, vascular cognitive impairment with dementia, and multiple etiology dementias. Grants from NIA as well as 23 other participating NIH institutes and centers are eligible for this program. Applications are due on October 16, 2020.

RSF Pipeline Grants Competition with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences defined broadly, including racial and ethnic diversity, gender diversity, disciplinary diversity, institutional diversity, and geographic diversity. Only researchers who have not previously received a trustee or presidential research grant or fellowship from RSF are eligible. Full eligibility and program guidelines are available here. The proposal deadline is November 4, 2020, for funding starting in Summer 2021. Read the full Request for Proposals here.

RSF’s November 11th Deadline for Letters of Inquiry. RSF will return to accepting LOI’s under the following core programs and special initiatives: Future of WorkImmigration and Immigrant IntegrationRace, Ethnicity and Immigration ; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. RSF will continue to accept letters of inquiry relevant to any of RSF’s core programs that address at least one of the following issues. All LOIs must include detailed information about the proposed data and research design. Successful proposals from this round can start on or after July 1, 2021. If you are unsure about RSF’s expectations, we strongly recommend that investigators review the grant writing guidelines on our website and view an instructional webinar. Those applying for funding from RSF should also consider participating in the next grant writing webinar led by our program staff.. For more information about the application process, please click here.

IAPHS Conference is September 30-October 2 With an Exciting Line-up of Population Health Science Presentations. The 2020 IAPHS Conference will focus on “Policies, Places, and Profits: Manufacturers of Illness and Health.” The theme recognizes the influential work of John B. McKinlay, who coined the phrase “manufacturers of illness” to emphasize the key role of upstream factors, particularly political-economic systems, in shaping population health. The conference is virtual this year and registration can be found here. IAPHS recognizes that resources may be tight and are offering complimentary three-month membership to IAPHS with the conference registration.

AAPOR seeks proposals for individual papers, methodological briefs, posters, panel sessions, professional development and career advice sessions, and roundtables. The theme for AAPOR’s 2021 76th Annual Conference, Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic, reflects the upheaval to data collection and public opinion research during 2020 and beyond. Learn more here.

Call for Papers: RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Suburban Inequality In The United States, , Edited by R. L’Heureux , Lewis-McCoy, New York University, Stephen A. Matthews, Penn State University and Natasha Warikoo, Tufts University. Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for articles. Anticipated Timeline: Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on December 7, 2020 to: https://rsf.fluxx.io. Allow 2 days to set up an account if you don’t already have one.

Call for Papers: Early-Career Behavioral Economics Conference. The Seventh Early-Career Behavioral Economics Conference (ECBE) will take place at Princeton University on the 3-4 June 2021. The conference provides a platform for early- or mid-career researchers, including graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and assistant or associate professors, to present and receive feedback on their research. The conference is sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation and will be hosted by the Department of Economics at Princeton University. Roland Benabou (Princeton University) will be the plenary speaker.. Applications are due by December 15, 2020, and selected participants will be notified by the beginning of March. For more information, please visit the conference website: https://sites.google.com/site/ecbeconference, or contact http://ecbe2021@gmail.com.. Click here to apply and submit your papers.Note: the committee is optimistically planning to hold ECBE 2021 in-person. However, as the date of the conference approaches, they will monitor the current health guidelines. If it is not feasible to hold an in-person workshop, they may hold a virtual version of the conference instead.


POSTPONED Introduction to NIH Grants, September 22, 12-2 PM. For those considering an NIH application – open to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and other researchers. https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/94873824345?pwd=MlJvWFVxZitLSVRZamhVMHhSZWZrQT09. Meeting ID: 948 7382 4345; Passcode: 398130 (Note: Per UC Policy, you must log into a zoom account in order to access this event.) Facilitated by Leora Lawton.

Register for NASEM Workshop on Family Planning, Women’s Empowerment, and Population and Societal Impacts. This two-day workshop will bring together experts and stakeholders to discuss conceptual, methodological, and policy issues regarding the relationship between family planning, women’s empowerment, and population and societal impacts. To learn more, please visit the project website. For questions please contact egrimes@nas.edu.

IPUMS is holding ‘office hours’ at upcoming conferences which is a great opportunity to get personal attention on how to work with data they manage.
*Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) Virtual Conference
September 30, 2020 – October 2, 2020
*Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Virtual Annual Meeting
November 4-7, 2020

(Completed Version) Thinking about PostDocs in a tight job market. (NIA group’s idea). Because this is likely to be a tight job market for the next year or more, the Centers on Economics and Demography of Aging (of which our CEDA is a member), have proposed a program to match potential postdoctoral fellows (e.g., doctoral candidates about to defend) from one institution with mentors at another. In particular, this program seeks to support candidates from underrepresented minorities, although all are considered. There are two ways to do this: NIA offers funding through a grant vehicle called ‘administrative supplements’ and the P30 Centers are eligible. You can therefore submit an admin sup to fund 1-2 years of research time. These are particularly attractive if you are in an underrepresented group, as there are funds designated to enhance diversity. Or, alternatively, you could submit an F32 or R35 grant that would similarly fund research. But for the latter grants you will need a mentor (or ‘sponsor’) in a different institution. And here’s where the matchmaking comes in: you come up with an idea and we will try to connect you to your suggested mentors. To do so, we need those who are closing in on their defense (e.g., within the next year or so) to complete a short eligibility survey covering: Research interest around health and aging; Expected or actual year of PhD; Specific eligibility for diversity supplements; Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident; Upload CV, suggest mentors.
Interest in applying for an NIH grant. You can apply for matching here: https://popcenter.wufoo.com/forms/za5uuc700nplw0/.
But please, attend the NIH grant writing workshop (when I offer it – tbd – and I’ll make a recording of it) and review two things:
1. P30 Centers of Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr/centers-demography-and-economics-aging.
2Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter and you will see additional information.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is offering a series of Applicant Webinars for the 2021 competition. These webinars will provide an overview of the GRFP Program, eligibility requirements, and the application process. The webinars will be held September 24, October 2, and October 8, 2020. Interested applicants should register via the links at: https://www.nsfgrfp.org/outreach/calendar. We would also welcome any faculty member who would like to help out as a GRFP reviewer. You can register at: https://www.nsfgrfp.org/reviewer_system. Finally you may be interested to know that there are many resources available to help you in preparing a strong application package at https://www.nsfgrfp.org.

The GloCal Health Fellowship provides aspiring global health researchers with outstanding interdisciplinary education and training in innovative research designed to improve health for populations around the world. A career development fellowship sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center (FIC), this program supports awarded fellows from all 10 UC campuses as well as 20 affiliated international sites across 17 countries. UCGHI manages and supports the GloCal Health Fellowship. For more information, visit: http://ucghi.universityofcalifornia.edu/fellowships/glocal-health-fellowship.

All D-Lab workshop instruction, events, and consultation are moving to online delivery for the rest of the semester. The D-Lab Collaboratory and Convening Room will be closed to the public during this time. We will assess and share decisions at a later date about how and when we will return to in-person delivery. 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 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.

Migration Mailing List
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and only some of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News. Sign up for it with this link

School of Public Health Mailing List
Tue$day Top Tip$ for SPH Research is a listserv with research funding opportunities and other information pertinent to public health researchers who are not necessarily population researchers. To subscribe, write to Dr. Lauren Goldstein, lhg@berkeley.edu.

Information for PostDoc Matching

What you need for an NIH grant for postdoctoral (or simply ‘after you have a phd’) research.
1. An innovative and significant idea. Innovative: new in conceptual model, data source, analytic method or some other aspect. Significant: fills in an important gap in the research knowledge, or has translational capacity.
2. A training program (for F32, Ks): what skills and substantive knowledge do you need to acquire to do the project and further develop your career.
3. Primary mentor who has NIH grant PI experience and has mentored postdocs.
There are several ways to get funding. The easiest is an administrative supplement, which consists of a 5 page proposal, letter of support, biosketch and budget. The F32 and K grants are harder to write, but may have more funds available and the funding likelihood is actually relatively high. Do take the NIH workshop I’m giving tomorrow (it’ll be recorded, too).

Administrative Supplement:

               Diversity: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-222.html and https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/grants-funding/nia-diversity-and-re-entry-supplement-program-guidelines.

F32 NRSA Postdoctoral fellowship (any IC or agency)

               Parent: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-242.html

               Diversity: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-222.html

NIA (only) F99 to K00: The purpose of the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent researchers. The award will facilitate the transition of talented graduate students into successful research postdoctoral appointments. https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/fellowships/F99-K00 and https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-21-022.html

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