NICHD's Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) supports the Population Dynamics Scientist Development Award Program to enhance career development for junior-level researchers. This program is part of the NIH-wide Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) Program, through which the NICHD supports early-career investigators in specific fields.
K01 applicants, with the mentorship of an experienced population dynamics researcher and advisory committee, propose 3 to 5 years of advanced study and supervised research with the goal of developing an independent research career in population dynamics. Potential applicants from institutional K programs should note that the NICHD limits K-mechanism support to 6 years.
The Population Dynamics Scientist Development Award Program seeks to:
- Provide a mentored research experience in other disciplines for junior doctoral-level population dynamics researchers to enhance their scientific careers and encourage the application of novel or highly promising interdisciplinary approaches to the field of population dynamics.
- Provide a mentored research experience in population dynamics for junior doctoral-level researchers in other disciplines, such as anthropology, geography, and the biological sciences, to enhance their scientific careers and encourage the application of novel or highly promising interdisciplinary approaches to the field of population dynamics.
- Expand the range and depth of technical and scientific inquiry skills of junior doctoral-level candidates in population dynamics that will allow them to pursue independent research careers and to conduct scientifically sophisticated studies in the field of population dynamics.
- Develop the necessary grant-application writing knowledge and skills of junior doctoral-level candidates in population dynamics to allow them to compete effectively for funding to support future research projects.
This program supports research within the scope the Population Dynamics Branch research programs, which focus on but are not limited to the following topics:
- Family, households, health and well-being
- Population distribution and characteristics as they relate to health and health disparities
- Mortality and morbidity
- Migration & immigration and health
- Population, environment and health
- Reproductive health & fertility
- Eligibility requirements including program objectives, definition of population research, and requirements related to mentors and advisors (NOT-HD-07-010).
- Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (Parent K01)
- NICHD Contact: Regina Bures