Population Dynamics Branch Proposal Development Program


The goal of the CPRC Population Dynamics Branch (PDB) Proposal Development Program is to support the development of grant proposals to be submitted to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) Population Dynamics Branch. To that end, we will support small working groups of two or more CPRC members, who share a similar area of interest and represent interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, cross-campus, or junior-senior collaborations. Members will meet at least monthly and develop a grant proposal that will be submitted to PDB by October 2021. Each selected group of scholars will receive support for research staff, expert reviews, administrative support, and will be eligible to apply for additional funding to support pilot data collection efforts.

Below we highlight potential topics of interest to PDB. However, please review the PDB research priorities to learn what topics that you are interested in may be eligible for funding. 

  • The pathways through which social determinants affect maternal and infant health
  • Prospective, longitudinal data collection and data analysis of population-representative samples based on cohorts starting in pregnancy through the reproductive ages
  • The effects of non-medical factors, such as immigration status, on maternal and infant health
  • Understanding and reducing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in unintended pregnancy rates
  • Factors affecting the non-use or ineffective use of contraception among individuals who are sexually active but do not currently desire a pregnancy
  • Understanding the effect of environmental exposures, including exposures caused by social, economic, and policy environments, on human health and development across the life course
  • Identifying the major social, behavioral, economic, and geographic factors that influence levels, trends, and disparities in maternal and infant health
  • Immigration and migration
  • Social and geographical context and HIV risk behavior among MSM
  • The effect of neighborhood changes on health and well-being
  • The effects of interactions between biological factors, including genetic factors, and environmental exposures on human health and development across the life course and across generations


  • CPRC recognizes that the final proposal submitted to NICHD may involve external collaborators; however, the PI of the grant should be a CPRC affiliate.
  • Working Groups are expected to submit a grant proposal to NICHD’s PDB no later than October 2021, with possible support for resubmissions.

Deadline: January, 15, 2021

To apply, submit the following application materials to cprc@columbia.edu:

  1. Indicate the topic of interest and describe how it aligns with the PDB research priorities. (up to 250 words)
  2. List of working group members, including department affiliation, title, and biosketch preferably, or CV if biosketch is not available.
  3. Timeline of activities. Note: There is a suggested timeline below. If your group will follow the standard timeline, simply indicate you will follow the standard timeline.


CPRC is committed to supporting up to four working groups that would start by February 15, 2021. Each working group will receive initial funding of up to $4,000 to cover the support of research staff. The group can apply for up to $5,000 of additional funding to support pilot data collection efforts, after it submits the specific aims for review. The group can also apply for a seed grant, if additional funds are required to support pilot data collection.

Additional Support
  • Expert pre-reviews of the specific aims and early draft of the grant
  • Administrative support to schedule monthly meetings and debrief with reviewers