Weekly News, September 26, 2022

Join us this Wednesday, September 28th, from 12pm-1pm, for our next Brown Bag Lunch of the semester, with Dr. Andrew Stokes. Dr. Stokes, an Assistant Professor in Global Health and Sociology at Boston University, will present his research on “Geographic and Temporal Patterns in COVID-19 and Excess Mortality in the United States.” We are delighted to host Andrew in person, so do join us in the Seminar Room (310) in the Demography Department, Social Sciences Building. Event details.

A reminder that the deadline to submit your paper for the PAA 2023 Annual Meeting in New Orleans is October 2. The deadline to volunteer to serve as a Chair or a Discussant is October 5, and Workshop Proposals is October 8. Everything you need is here.

The National Science Foundation’s Sociology Program has removed its target dates, formerly two per year, for proposal submission and is now accepting proposals at any time. Further, the NSF and the Social Science Research Council are partnering to advance scientific knowledge about the impact of public health knowledge. Sociologists with projects or interests in this area are encouraged to investigate this opportunity.  

See additional announcements and opportunities below. Shana Tova! 

All the best,



All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

September 26 | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Department of Sociology | Camilla Hawthorne, Associate Professor of Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will give a talk entitled, “The Black Mediterranean:  Bodies, Borders, and Citizenship.” In-Person: 402 Social Sciences Building. Zoom: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/93589908168?pwd=MnQrQjFyV0F6SmxNM0k5cDd4Q3M5dz09

Meeting ID: 935 8990 8168 Passcode: 457635

September 27 | 12:10-1pm | UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Berkeley Public Health Talks | Firearm Violence Statistics, Research, and Prevention | Rose Kagawa, PhD, MPH, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis, will discuss her research on violence prevention and firearm policy. She has particular interest in understanding how social and environmental contexts influence violence perpetration and victimization through the life course. Register for this virtual event here.

September 28 | 12-1pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Andrew Stokes, Assistant Professor of Global Health and Sociology at Boston University, will present “Geographic and Temporal Patterns in Covid-19 and Excess Mortality in the United States.” Social Science Building Seminar Room 310 and streamed via Zoom. Zoom Meeting ID: 934 6654 8260. Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details

September 30 | 12-1:30pm | Authors Meet Critics: Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley | At this September 30 “Author Meets Critics” panel, Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Ethnic Studies, will present her book, Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley, which explores how tech companies are blurring the line between work and religion and transforming the nature of spiritual experience in modern life. Professor Chen will be joined in conversation by Arlie Hochschild, Professor Emerita in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, and Morgan Ames, Assistant Professor of Practice in the UC Berkeley School of Information and Associate Director of Research for the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society. Co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and the Berkeley Culture Center. This will be a hybrid event (both in-person and livestreamed). Register here. 

October 4: BITSS Open Research Seminar | The CEGA-managed Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) is excited to host the Open Research Seminar, a webinar series to share knowledge about the use of tools and practices for transparency and reproducibility in social science research. The first of four fall sessions will take place on October 4th. For more information and to register, see the event page

Hitchcock Lectures with Chris Murray


October 4-6: Chris Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington. 

October 4th, seminar at 12pm with Chris Murray. Contact Stef Bertozzi at sbertozzi@berkeley.edu for more details. [More information is coming soon.]

Oct 5th, 4:10 pm I-House:

Metrics in Action: Lessons Learned from 30 

Years of the Global Burden of Disease Study

Oct 6th, 4:10 pm I-House:

21st Century Global Health Priorities


The National Science Foundation is pleased to announce the next webinar in the 2022 NSF Policy Office Webinar Series, covering Concept Outlines at NSF, will take place Tuesday, September 27 from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST. As part of the draft Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (23-1), NSF is elevating the Concept Outline as a new submission type. The primary purpose of the Concept Outline is to ensure that the concept being proposed by the prospective Principal Investigator (PI) is appropriate for the proposal type or funding opportunity, and to help reduce the administrative burden associated with the submission of a full proposal.Attendees also will learn about Program Suitability and Proposal Concept (ProSPCT) tool which will be used for submitting and tracking Concept Outlines. Register for this event

Campus Workshops on NIH Data Management Plans

To support campus researchers, the Library Data Services Program and Research Data Management Program have several resources available to assist you, including suggested language to help write up a plan using the recommended NIH template. We encourage use of the DMPTool, which is free for UC Berkeley users and supported by the Library Data Services Program, to walk you through the NIH requirements and assist with completing a data management and sharing plan to include as part of your NIH grant application(s) moving forward. Four drop-in workshops (9/12; 10/10; 11/14; 12/12) are offered, designed to provide researchers with information about the policy as well as answer questions. Please refer to the Library Workshops calendar to register for an upcoming workshop. You can also view a previously recorded workshop about this new policy here.


Reminder: Upcoming Grants.gov Service Interruption. The Grants.gov website, which accepts NIH grant applications, will have an extended service interruption from September 23 to 29, 2022. During this time you will be unable to submit applications or check the status of pending applications, but you will still be able to work on applications in progress in the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST). Due dates that fall during the interruption will be extended to Oct. 3, 2022. Read more about the planned Grants.gov interruption.

Reminder: Fall 2022 Loan Repayment Program Applications. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs can help doctoral degree holders conducting qualified health research to repay up to $50,000 in education-related debt. Read more about the Loan Repayment Programs. Applications open: Sept. 1, 2022, to Nov. 17, 2022.

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 will be 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.

NIH Workshops on Computational and Analytical Research Methods (R25 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (Deadline: 10/10/2022)

New GENDER (Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources) Research Education Program (R25). NIA will participate in the GENDER R25, which will fund courses and curricula related to how health is influenced by sex and/or gender. Register for an upcoming technical assistance webinar on this funding opportunity. First application due date: Oct. 27, 2022.

On October 17th, the NICHD is celebrating 60 years of NICHD research at the 60th anniversary virtual symposium. Tune in for reflections from NICHD leadership, panel discussions with researchers and health advocates, and more. Register to attend: https://web.cvent.com/event/d23ccb32-83c3-49e3-8cb1-a7c726f19e0b/summary.

NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) Strategic Plan 2023-2028. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to inform the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in finalizing their 2023 – 2028 Strategic Plan priorities and strategic objectives for behavioral and social science research (BSSR) at NIH. OBSSR seeks feedback on the- scientific priorities and cross-cutting themes that are proposed for its next strategic plan. These were developed based on an evaluation of the previous strategic plan, a previous RFI, and listening sessions with multiple groups internal and external to the NIH. Please note, the themes and priorities are intentionally not specific to any given diseases or conditions, as NIH’s Institutes and Centers serve as the best place for disease or condition specific research. As a Coordinating Office, OBSSR’s efforts best serve to emphasize efforts in addressing important cross-cutting gaps, and to accelerate important areas of new research. Release Date: September 16, 2022. Response Date: November 14, 2022. Read more: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-211.html


Pandemic-Driven Policies and Child Health. Healthy Eating Research at Duke University. Our latest call for funding closes in just three weeks. We are interested in understanding how COVID-19 pandemic-driven policies related to poverty reduction—such as financial payments to families, income assistance programs, housing assistance or housing security programs, and increased access to social services—impact child obesity, diet quality, food and nutrition security, and other relevant child and family health outcomes. How to Apply: Concept papers are due by October 12, 2022 at 3 p.m. ET. Details are available at https://healthyeatingresearch.org/what-we-fund/current-funding-opportunities/

Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and Immigrant Integration Research Grants.This initiative seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues. RSF and the Carnegie Corporation of New York invite proposals for new research that will strengthen the theory, methods and empirical knowledge about the effects of race, citizenship, legal status, and the interplay of politics and policy on immigrant outcomes. Because of limitations in government statistics, researchers are curating and analyzing data from both public and private sources (e.g., specialized surveys, administrative sources from tax, social security and citizenship and immigration services, as well as social media), and collecting their own data to measure the progress of the foreign-born and their children. Many of the questions listed below are difficult to answer because of data limitations regarding age and time of arrival, time spent in the U.S., legal status at present and upon entry, including visa type, parents’ and grandparents’ place of birth, longitudinal data, and data linked across sources. Thus, we welcome proposals to improve the measurement of immigrant progress over time and across generations. We are especially interested in creative uses of administrative and other data sources that enhance our ability to identify immigrants by generation and legal status. Full details are here [russellsage.org]. Deadline: 11/09/2022. Award Amount: Up to $275,000.

Russell Sage Foundation Social, Political and Economic Inequality Research Grants.This RSF program supports innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political, and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, political, psychological, and economic outcomes such as educational and labor market access and opportunities, social and economic mobility within and across generations, and civic participation and representation. We seek innovative investigator-initiated research that will expand our understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals, families, and communities. We welcome projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, residence, or other statuses for the distribution of social, political, and economic outcomes within and across different status groups. RSF prioritizes analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data. We support original data collection when a project is focused on important program priorities, projects that conduct survey or field experiments and qualitative studies. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and rigorous research designs. Analytical models must be well-specified and research methods must be appropriate. RSF priorities do not include analyses of health or mental health outcomes or health behaviors as these are priorities for other funders. For the same reason, RSF seldom supports studies focused on educational processes or curricular issues but does prioritize analyses of inequalities in student achievement or educational attainment.   Full details are here [russellsage.org]. Deadline: 11/09/2022. Award Amount: Up to $275,000

The NSF is investing more than $7.5 million in new research focused on empowering more reliable prediction of the spread of infectious diseases, the effects of mitigation measures and other critical aspects of national health crises. The funding will support eight interdisciplinary research projects aimed at incorporating the complexities of human behavior into epidemiological models. For more information, visit here.

Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program – Planning Grants and Capital Construction Grants US Department of Transportation. Deadline: 10/13/2022.

NLCHDD Request for Pilot Proposals: Impact of Multiple Contexts on Health and Mortality of Midlife and Older Adults. Deadline: 10/14/2022.


Call for papers is now OPEN for the 2023 Applied Demography Conference. It will be live in-person in Annapolis, Maryland, February 7-9: http://ow.ly/J0o850KQB0K

Call Abstracts: Session on Citizenship and Inequality, XX ISA World Congress of Sociology Deadline: 9/30/2022.

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