Proposal Development Grants

MPC invites applications for Program Development Grants

The purpose of these grants is to maximize the competitiveness of MPC members' research proposals for external funding. Consistent with the mission of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences (DBS) Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we define "population research" as demographic, behavioral, and social sciences research on fertility, families, population movement, morbidity and mortality, HIV/AIDS, and population composition. All MPC faculty affiliates, MPC-affiliated research associates, and MPC-affiliated post-doctoral researchers are eligible to apply. Faculty researchers who are not currently affiliated with MPC can request affiliation and thus become eligible to apply. Applications are accepted at any time.

  • Proposal Development Mentorship Grants: Approved applicants will work with MPC Administrative and Program Development Core staff to draft a complete, polished, multi-disciplinary population research grant proposal that will undergo formal internal and external mock reviews before submission to an external agency. Applictions must be submitted at least six months prior to the external funder's proposal submission deadline. (NIH standard due dates for competing applications)
  • Proposal Development Pilot Grants: The purpose of this program is to stimulate fundable, multi-disciplinary population research at the University of Minnesota by funding pilot studies. Consistent with the mission of the Population Dynamics Branch, we define "population research" as research in demography, reproductive health, and population health. These small-scale grants (typically $10,000-$20,000) are designed to allow faculty and research scientists to complete pilot or preliminary studies needed for grant proposals to external funding agencies. Pilot funding can be used for faculty and student time as well as for the costs of buying data, carrying out data collection, and working with off-site collaborators. All MPC Faculty and Research Staff members are eligible to apply, though we strongly encourage our new and early stage investigators to use the Mentorship Grant Mechanism.

MPC also offers research support for our MPC-employed Research Scientists and Research Professors. Read more about our Research Scientist Development Program.

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