Quartet Pilot Project Competition

Request for Proposals

2020-2021 Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition

Proposals are due on March 18, 2020

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 2020-2021 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;
  • Early-Life Conditions and Older Adult Health;
  • Economics and Financing 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.

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 Instructions for Submission. 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.


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: March 15, 2020 | 5:00 pm

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

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

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/