Pop Center Seed Grants
Winter 2013 Round now CLOSED
Proposals Due by Friday, February 1, 2013
The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies is pleased to announce that it is now accepting proposals from Harvard University faculty and affiliated postdoctoral fellows in the areas of global population health. The seed grants are intended to: 1) support pioneering research at early stages of development; 2) explicitly connect faculty and scholars across disciplines, departments and schools; and 3) fund projects that involve high payoff in terms of opening new areas of inquiry, or that provide crucial preliminary data for preparing larger grant proposals [e.g., to the NIH].
Priority will be given to proposals that include areas that emphasize methodological work in causal inference and/or incorporate life course issues. Awards will be granted for amounts between $500 and $10,000. Funding can be used to cover research assistance, data base acquisition, travel (with prior approval). Both domestic-based and international research will be considered. Grant periods will run for a year unless otherwise requested by the PI and approved by the review committee.
This is a competitive grant program with a limited amount of funding available. It is open to all Harvard University faculty and affiliated post-doctoral research scholars. Students are not eligible to apply for these funds. If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact Angela Smith-Waxman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The projects must: 1) integrate the theories, questions, and methods of two or more disciplines; 2) involve high payoff in terms of opening new areas of inquiry or provide crucial preliminary data for preparing larger grant proposals; and 3) explicitly connect faculty and scholars across departments and schools.
Selection Process and Criteria
The following criteria will be used in evaluating the proposals:
1) The overall quality of the proposed research;
2) The potential of the proposed research to be expanded into an externally funded grant application, or to significantly enhance the research capabilities of Center researchers to secure external funding;
3) Proposed research that crosses disciplines and solidifies ties between Harvard schools and departments
4) Proposed research that emphasizes methodological work in causal inference and/or incorporates life course issues.
Please submit a proposal of no more than 3 pages that addresses the following:
- Title of the Project
- Name of Principal Investigator(s)
- Position Title
- Mailing Address
- Statement on Human Subjects/IRB
Note: All research involving human subjects must have approval from the applicable institutional IRB. All investigators must be trained (and be certified) in the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects. If your research involves secondary data, you will still need to apply for an exemption. If you are ultimately awarded, we will need either the IRB protocol number or exemption number before an account can be assigned.
9. Project Proposal: 4 Questions
a) What do you intend to do? Please also identify an end product (i.e. NIH grant proposal)
b) Why is the work important?
c) What has already been done?
d) How are you going to do the work?
e) What is the timeframe for this project?
… Include the following appendices (outside 3-page limit)
10. Key Personnel/Collaborators. List and provide CV’s or NIH biosketch (4-page limit)
11. Literature Cited (Complete citations, including titles and all authors)
12. Proposed Line Item Budget. Please provide a budget justification.
a) Salary Requested (*Salary not available for faculty members. Salary MAY be used toward supporting research staff or research assistants.)
b) Fringe Benefits
f) Other Expenses
g) Indirect Costs are allowed at a rate of 12%.
Each funded investigator will need to prepare a final report after the grant period ends. As a result of work completed though the small grants, we anticipate examples of deliverable products to include: (1) presentation of findings of projects at national meetings; (2) organizing research workshops and poster days related to disseminating work in progress; (3) submission and publication of manuscripts emanating from the research in peer reviewed journals; and (4) preparation of larger grant proposals for external funding.
Deadline: Friday, February, 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Submit applications in Word format to:
Angela Smith-Waxman, Program Coordinator
Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies