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Volume 10 Issue 2 - May 2009

PSID Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: Small Grants for Research Using PSID Data Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

DEADLINE: July 1, 2009

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition to provide funding to between five and ten scholars in the range of $5,000-$20,000 each to use PSID data to conduct research on the connection between health and socioeconomic status (SES) within and across generations. Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented at a two-day conference in the fall of 2010.

The PSID has followed the same families and their descendents since 1968, for 36 waves as of 2009, making it one of the premier datasets for generational analysis. When study participants leave a family to start their own household, such as when adult children move out, the new family unit is added to the Core Panel and interviewed. Anytime a household has a new member, such as a birth, they automatically become part of the study. This practical sample design supports both intra-generational and intergenerational life course models. For example, as of 2007, there are nearly 40,000 unique sibling pairs in the PSID and 925 in the Child Development Supplement (CDS). In 2007, about 4,300 ‘Heads/Wives’ had a sibling who was also a ‘Head/Wife’ in 2007. Moreover, there are currently ample data on up to three generations of the same family, allowing the analysis of child-parent models, parent-grandparent models, and child-grandparent models.

The information collected on socioeconomic status and health is substantial. Extensive information on income, education, and employment has been collected in most waves since the survey began in 1968. A supplement in 1986 included information on health which was expanded and included in every wave starting in 1999. A summary of the health data in the PSID is available at the PSID website:

Goals of Competition
The goals of this competition are to bring together scholars in the area of health and SES to generate additional scientific and policy-relevant findings, facilitate future collaborations including NIH proposal submissions, and provide feedback to PSID
about possible needs for content changes and/or future data collections. Listed below are some examples of topics, intended for illustrative purposes. This is not a comprehensive list of fundable topics. For example, researchers might propose to:
• Establish the differences in the relationships between the health and socioeconomic status among adult siblings – and parents with adult children – across the life course and elucidate the various mechanisms accounting for these relationships;
• Estimate models of transmission in education, economic status, and health status across two and three generations, including an examination of endogenous family structure;
• Examine generational differences in factors affecting the retirement decision, including socioeconomic and health factors;
• Examine the transitions and/or spells in health insurance coverage and their relationship to other transitions;
• Examine the effects of events early in the life course on later-life outcomes;
• Investigate the role of neighborhood factors on health.

Terms of Funding
1. Applicants for the PSID small grant competition must hold a Ph.D. from an accredited institution and have an appointment as faculty, research scientist, professor, investigator, or postdoctoral fellow.
2. Grants will start October 1, 2009 and end September 30, 2010. No-cost time extensions will not be allowed.
3. These awards will only be made as personal services contracts to one or more individual researchers; the PSID will not contract with the grantees’ employers or any other organization.
4. The PSID will fund reasonable research expenses, including salary for each investigator, data or software purchases, research assistance, and relevant supplies, to a maximum of $20,000. Conference travel expenses will be provided to all grantees
separate from the amount of their award.
5. The PSID will fund direct costs only; we will not provide indirect cost recovery (overhead).
6. Award recipients will be expected to present papers at a two-day conference in Ann Arbor, MI in September, 2010.

Selection Criteria
Applications will be evaluated by senior scholars affiliated with the PSID based upon:
• The thematic relevance of the proposed project;
• The quality of study design, including the choice of appropriate research methodology and data;
• The feasibility of the proposed study to be completed during the grant period;
• The significance of the proposed analyses in terms of extending knowledge;
• The likelihood of the study to generate an externally funded proposal submission (e.g., NIH R01, R03, R21).

Application Instructions
Applicants should provide the following:
1. A coversheet with:  title of the proposed research; investigators’ name and institutional affiliation with mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers;  if the proposed research involves more than one investigator, a principal investigator (PI) must be identified. All correspondence will be with the PI.
2. A one-page abstract describing the specific aims and data and methods of the proposed study.
3. Description of the proposed project in five to ten double-spaced pages (excluding figures and references). The description should (1) clearly describe specific aims and research significance; (2) very briefly summarize the relevant literature; (3) present major hypotheses; (4) fully describe the research design, proposed methodology, and data sources; and (5) clearly indicate the scientific contributions of the proposed study. Long literature reviews should not be submitted. Particular emphasis should be given to items (3), (4), and (5).
4. An itemized proposed budget and a budget narrative that describes and explains each line item. Please note that these awards will only be made as personal service contracts to one or more individual researchers (we will not contract with universities, colleges, or other research organizations). Please detail each funding item requested.
Appropriate research expenses include: research assistance; salary for each investigator; purchase of data or software; pertinent supplies.
5. A project timeline listing specific milestones for study completion. The timeline must be within the period from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010.
6. Curriculum vitae for all investigators.
7. Human subjects review approval (often a waiver in the case of secondary data analysis) is required for all projects before funding can be dispersed.

Timeline and important dates:
a. Application deadline      July 1, 2009
b. Notification of award     August 2009
c. Award start date      October 1, 2009
d. Draft paper due      Two weeks prior to two-day conference in September 2010
e. Present paper at two-day workshop in Ann Arbor  September 2010

Contact information:
Please send applications to Patty Hall ( For further information, please contact Bob Schoeni ( or Patty Hall ( For more information on the PSID, please visit the website:

Funds for this competition are provided by the National Institute on Aging.