"Trio" Pilot Project Competition

The Pension Research Council and Boettner Center, the Population Aging Research Center, and the Population Studies Center announce the annual Trio Pilot Research competition. 

Pilot funds are intended to provide seed money for exploratory projects with a duration of one year or less.  These projects must have the potential to generate publications.  Priority may be given to pilot projects intended to extend small-scale or preliminary research findings directly to applications for extramural funding. 

Submissions should propose research in one the following areas of interest:  aging and life course, biodemography, economics of aging, global aging, investment in human development and population and social processes.  Total costs are generally limited to $20,000 per application, however, larger budgets will be considered for submissions that focus specifically on aging.  The project period is July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.


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 special consideration will be given to their applications.  Proposals for clinical research are not appropriate.

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

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  March 25, 2012, 5:00 pm

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


Information about the "Trio" centers is available at their websites:
PSC: http://www.pop.upenn.edu/
PARC: http://parc.pop.upenn.edu/
PRC/Boettner: http://www.pensionresearchcouncil.org/boettner/

Download the flyer here.