PSC launches new program to support population scientists across U-M

February 01, 2018

A new program at ISR’s Population Studies Center – the Population Dynamics and Health Program (PDHP) – will help stimulate cross-disciplinary and early-career researchers’ work in population science at the University of Michigan. The program is funded by a five-year, $3.8 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.Jeffrey Morenoff, PSC director, says that within population science “it is increasingly important to build bridges with researchers who study genetics and epigenetics, or researchers in the College of Engineering or the School of Information, who might be developing methodologies that could be or should be applied to social science population-level analysis. We want to be able to stimulate innovative collaborations, and to make it easier for our faculty to network with faculty from elsewhere.”PDHP faculty affiliate Narayan Sastry says “PDHP will provide an environment that is broadly supportive of population researchers at the University of Michigan—helping them to connect and collaborate with each other, providing access to data and cutting-edge statistical and computational approaches, and supporting them to succeed in obtaining external funds to support their research.”PDHP will hold a **summer grant-writing retreat** intended to increase the success of new investigators applying for funding through organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. The New Investigator Mentoring Program (NIMP), which will provide one month of salary for the attendees, will pair participants with more senior faculty who will mentor them throughout the grant-writing process. The program will end with peer review of the proposals in a mock NIH study section.**Apply to PDHP’s New Investigator Mentoring Program by March 1.** See link below.