"Trio" Pilot Project Competition

The Population Studies Center (PSC), Population Aging Research Center (PARC) and the Pension Research Council (PRC)/Boettner Center of the Wharton School are pleased to sponsor the 2015-16 pilot research competition. The three sponsors (aka “Trio”) promote high quality and innovative research in demography, aging, economics and related social and behavioral sciences. Download the Call for Proposals.


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.  Priority is given to collaborative and cross school projects that develop new research initiatives or analyses in topic areas of interest to more than one of the “Trio” sponsors.


Proposals will be peer-reviewed by a Trio review committee consisting of Directors of the PSC, PARC, and PRC/Boettner Centers and/or their representatives.  Proposals are evaluated based on criterion which includes significance, innovation, approach, environment, impact and the likelihood for the project to succeed and extend findings with subsequent extramural funding.

Extended Submission Deadline: March 20, 2015, 5:00 pm

Submit all proposal materials as a *.pdf or *.doc file attachment to Julia Crane (crane@pop.upenn.edu).

Funding Notification can be expected by April 5, 2015.

To apply please download the Instructions for Submissions

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/