Institute for Population Research - Call for proposals, Fall 2021 Seed Grants

IPR offers seed grants to nurture research projects that are consistent with IPR’s mission to promote population science research. Priority is given to research that falls within one or more of IPR’s four thematic areas: (i) Sexual and Reproductive Health; (ii) Family Demography; (iii) Mortality and Health over the Life Course; (iv) Migration. We especially value research that fits within the scientific mission of the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch (detailed on the next page). Unfortunately, we are unable to fund research activities that take place outside the United States. If you are unsure if your research fits, you are welcome to discuss with IPR Director John Casterline or IPR Associate Director Sarah Hayford. See for examples of past IPR seed grants. We encourage applications from junior faculty, from faculty new to population and health research, and from multidisciplinary groups. Applications from junior faculty should identify a faculty mentor at OSU.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday March 3, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Submit applications to Jill Morris []. Review will be completed by May 15, 2021. Earliest start-date will be June 1, 2021.

IPR seed grants fall into one of two classes:

1. Small and Focused Projects. These projects are twelve months’ duration (with option for no-cost extension) and typically have a budget $15,000 – $35,000. R01, R21, R03, and K applications to NICHD are common outcomes.

2. Large Multi-Investigator Projects. These projects have a maximum duration of twenty-four months and maximum budget of $85,000. The expected outcome is application(s) for substantial external funding. Teams contemplating applying for a large IPR seed grant are advised to discuss their plans with IPR Director Casterline or Associate Director Hayford.

The goal of this program is to seed projects that will eventually lead to successful proposals for external funding. The structure of seed grant projects and the activities they fund can take many forms; in particular, seed grants need not immediately result in published research products. However, all seed grant proposals should clearly describe how the activities supported by the seed grant will contribute to the development of the external proposal (for example, by providing preliminary data; by demonstrating feasibility of an approach; by furthering knowledge of a research field; etc.)

Application Format and Deadlines

The application consists of six pages of text (maximum), a budget, and a budget justification. Detailed instructions and templates are available on our website ( Allowable expenses under IPR seed grants include salary (investigator, GRA, research staff), GRA tuition, research materials, data acquisition, data collection, funds for travel and collaboration, or other expenses. Contact Jill Morris [] with any questions about application materials, budgets, or other aspects of the application process.

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