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2021-2022 Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition

Proposals are due on Monday, March 22, 2021

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The Pension Research Council and Boettner Center, the Leonard Davis Institute and 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 2021-2022 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. 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, Life-course and Healthy Aging in the following areas are encouraged:

  • New Dynamics of Population Diversity (population composition, migration, race, health inequality, aging and mortality) 
  • Human Resources and Endowments 
  • International Population Research 
  • Population and the Environment
  • Big Data and Population Science 
  • Health Care and Long-Term Care in Older Adults 
  • Cognition and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) 
  • Health Disparities in Aging 
  • Early-Life Conditions and Older Adult Health, Behavior and Well-Being 
  • Global Aging and Health 
  • COVID-19 and Aging 

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.

Priority will be given to early career scholars and proposals with the potential for extramural funding.


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. Early career scholars are encouraged to apply and priority consideration will be given to their applications. 

Funds can be used to support undergraduate or graduate 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 Submission Guidelines. Please download the format pages below and use them for your submission.  



Additional Instructions 

a - NIH Biosketch Please upload one NIH Biosketch per PI under the "Partcipants" section of website.
b- Abstract and Face Page 

“Abstract” and “Face Page” documents are combined into one document.  

c- Detailed Budget 

Unless otherwise noted, total direct cost should be in the $20K range. Direct costs can be used to support undergraduate or graduate student research assistants, summer salary, data collection, analyses of secondary data sets, publication costs, etc. 

d- Budget Justification 

Include a narrative explaining all expenses for your proposed project as listed in your detailed budget. 

e- Research Proposal

Include your Specific Aims and Research Strategy, not to exceed 2 pages in total combined. 

f- References 

Please include citations to any references cited. 

g- Protocol Letter 

“Key Elements Data Sharing Plan”, “Human Subjects”, and “Planned Enrollment Report” documents are combined in a fillable PDF. See additional protocol instructions and guidance.

h- Terms and Conditions This document is available for applicants to reference, but they do not need to return it.This document if available for your reference.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Monday, March 22, 2021

For questions or assistance contact: Abby Dolinger, abdol@sas.upenn.edu

FUNDING NOTIFICATION CAN BE EXPECTED BY LATE MARCH 2020. The project period is July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

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

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