The Population Dynamics Scientist Development Award Program, supported through the NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) (formerly the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences [DBS] Branch), funds career development for junior-level researchers in population dynamics. Population dynamics is defined as demographic, behavioral, and social scientific research on fertility, family and household structures, mortality and morbidity, migration, immigration, population and the environment, and population distribution and characteristics. This program is part of the NIH-wide Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) Program, through which the NICHD supports early-career investigators in several specific fields.
Each grant recipient, under the mentorship of an experienced population dynamics researcher, undertakes 3 to 5 years of advanced study and supervised research with the goal of developing into an independent investigator. An advisory committee consults with each awardee at least annually to review his or her career development plan and research project, to evaluate his or her progress, and to provide guidance for future scientific career development.
The specific objectives of the Population Research Scientist Development Award Program are to:
The program supports research consistent with the interests of the PDB population dynamics research program, which focuses on but is not limited to the following topics: