201910 Population Dynamics Centers

Program seeks Council approval for an initiative entitled “Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2021-FY 2025.” It will provide funding for research infrastructure cores at productive population dynamics research centers.

The primary objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Increase the scientific impact, innovation, productivity of population dynamics research;
  • Increase competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding in population dynamics research;
  • Support development experiences for junior population dynamics scientists that will contribute to their research independence; and
  • Maximize the efficiency of funding for population dynamics research by minimizing the financial and time burdens of providing administrative and other research support services associated with research projects.

Previously, these objectives were focused solely on the applicant institution. The initiative now looks to applicants to propose innovative methods to open these resources to a wider community.

Applicants will identify primary research areas in which they expect to make their most significant scientific contributions within the next five years. These areas must fall within the scientific scope of the NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch—demography, population health and productivity, and social and behavioral research in reproductive health. Applicants will be expected to propose multiple components, including administrative, and scientifically-justified development, scientific, and technical components.

This proposed concept aligns with the NICHD Vision areas of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes, Reproduction, Behavior and Cognition, Population Dynamics, and Conduct of Science.

This proposed concept aligns with all priorities of the Population Dynamics Branch: Contraceptive Use and Non-Use, Health and Disease across the Lifespan, and Gene–Environment Interactions.

Program Contact

Rosalind King
Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch (PPB)


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