Quartet Pilot Project Competition

Request for Proposals

2018-19 “Quartet” Pilot Research Project Competition

Proposals are due Friday, March 23, 2018

The Pension Research Council and the Boettner Center, LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, the Population Aging Research Center, and the Population Studies Center invite investigators to submit pilot proposals for the annual FY 2018-19 Quartet Pilot Research Project competition. Please share this announcement with researchers who might be interested.

Pilot funds are targeted to support small-scale, innovative or exploratory projects with a duration of one year or less. Funded projects must have the potential to generate academic publications and priority will be given to projects with potential to develop small-scale or preliminary research findings that would lead to applications for extramural funding, especially to the National Institutes of Health.

Proposals focusing on population health and health and aging in the following areas will be given priority: aging and the life course, economics and finances of health and aging, global health and aging, health disparities, human development and behavior, fertility and reproductive health, and biodemography. Total costs are generally limited to $10,000-$20,000 per application; however, larger budgets may be considered if the project is well-suited for generating applications for NIH funding. The project period is July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.


Any faculty or researcher with an active appointment at the University of Pennsylvania is eligible to submit a proposal. Colleagues at other universities may be co-investigators as long as a member of the Penn research community is the Principal Investigator. Junior faculty members are encouraged to apply and priority consideration will be given to their applications.

Funds can be used to support undergraduate or graduate student research assistants, summer salary, data collection, analyses of secondary data sets, and publication costs. Applications must include the required components, which are detailed in the Instructions for Submissions and includes links to the format pages. Please download the format pages and use them for your submission. Submit your proposal as an email attachment to Julia Crane as a *.pdf document.

To Apply

Please download the Call for Proposals, Instructions for Submissions, and Terms and Conditions.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, March 23, 2017, 5:00 pm

For questions or assistance contact: Julia Crane: 215-573-1369 (crane@pop.upenn.edu).


Information about the "Quartet" centers is available at their websites:

PRC/Boettner: https://pensionresearchcouncil.wharton.upenn.edu/
LDI/CHIBE: http://chibe.upenn.edu/
PARC: http://parc.pop.upenn.edu/
PSC: http://www.pop.upenn.edu/