University of Southern California


RFA-HD-21-010: Population Dynamics Centers Research Infrastructure Program FY 2021 (P2C Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Slots:                                        1

Internal Deadline:                     Friday, May 15, 2020, noon PT

LOI:                                          30 days prior to the application due date

External Deadline:                    July 30, 2020  

Award Information:                  Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: NICHD intends to commit $2,430,000 in FY 2021 to fund up to five awards.

Anticipated Amount:
For new applications, requested annual direct costs may not exceed $200,000 or the amount of annual support (direct costs) the center receives from outside the applicant institution for population dynamics research and training, whichever is lower.

For renewal applications, requested annual direct costs may not exceed $500,000 or the amount of annual support (direct costs) the center receives from outside the applicant institution for population dynamics research and training, whichever is lower. In addition, the requested annual increase may not exceed $125,000 direct costs above those of the prior competitive award.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                

Who May Serve as PI:               There are three additional eligibility criteria for applications responding to this FOA:

Established Research Center. The applicant institution must have an established administrative unit (for example, a center or an institute) that administers or coordinates population dynamics research across the applicant institution, hereafter referred to as the “population research center.” Funds from this FOA must be for this population research center and may not be used to establish a new population research center at the applicant institution. As used in this FOA, an “established unit” has the following characteristics: the applicant institution has formally created the administrative unit; the unit has an administrative position and reporting structure within the applicant institution; the unit has dedicated space; the unit has a governance and organizational structure; the unit’s director has defined responsibilities and authority; and the unit has rules or guidelines for selecting or recruiting members/affiliates. The PD/PI must be the director of the applicant center. Changes in the PD/PI require prior approval. (See NIH Grants Policy Statement, 8.1.2 Prior Approval Requirements,

Active Scientists. Applicants must have at least five active scientists working in population dynamics research. Active population scientists must hold their primary affiliation with the applicant institution and this position (tenured or non-tenured) must be permanent; trainees, post-doctoral fellows, visiting professors, and scientists with primary appointments at other institutions are excluded. Active population dynamics scientists must meet both of the following criteria:

    • Externally-funded population dynamics research grants or contracts within the two most recently completed Federal fiscal years 2018 and 2019; grants awarded in FY 2020 may also be included. Federal fiscal years run from October 1 to September 30; for example, Federal fiscal year 2019 runs from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. The active scientist must be the PD/PI, a Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator (MPD/MPI), or Key/Senior Personnel on the qualifying grant or contract and must have received the grant or contract from a source outside the applicant institution. The Project Leads of subprojects on P01 grants also qualify.
    • Population dynamics research publications in peer-reviewed journals during the two most recently completed Federal fiscal years; publications from FY 2020 may also be included.

Funding by the NICHD Population Dynamics Branch. Applicants must have at least one active scientist, as defined above, who has received a research grant or other significant funding from the Population Dynamics Branch within Federal fiscal years 2018, 2019, or 2020. Receipt is defined as the issuing of an award for a competing application or annual non-competing renewal; awards in no cost extension status do not count for this purpose. The mechanisms that qualify are research project grants (e.g., R01, R03, R15, R21, R37, R00, U01, UH2/UH3); research program projects (P01); resource-related research project grants (R24, U24); individual career development awards for faculty (K01, K08, K23); institutional training grants (T32); education project grants (R25); and research contracts (N01, N02, N03, N44, Y01, Y02, Y03) that were funded or administered by the Population Dynamics Branch. Mechanisms that do not qualify are individual pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships (e.g., F31, F32, K99), conference grants (e.g., R13, U13) and P2C grants funded through the Population Dynamics Centers program. Grants considered to be funded or administered by the Population Dynamics Branch have a grant number that includes the Institute/Center designation of “HD” and a program official who is a member of the Population Dynamics Branch staff.



The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to advance the field of population dynamics research by increasing research impact, innovation, and productivity; developing junior scientists; and maximizing the efficiency of research support.


The objectives of this initiative are to:

    • Increase the scientific impact, innovation, and productivity of population dynamics research;
    • Increase competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding in population dynamics research;
    • Support experiences for junior population dynamics scientists that will contribute to their research independence; and
    • Maximize the efficiency of funding for population dynamics research by minimizing the financial and time burdens of providing administrative and other research support services associated with research projects.


Applications must include a minimum of two research infrastructure cores, a mandatory Administrative Core plus a Development Core and/or one or more Scientific/Technical Cores. The Development Core is meant to develop junior scientists and advance new scientific research within the center. A Scientific/Technical Core is meant to provide scientific and/or technical services and/or resources to center researchers in order to enhance their research capabilities.


With the exception of the Development Core, which should focus on new projects, the cores should provide support for both existing projects and the development of new projects. The proposed cores should be effective in promoting scientific impact, innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, but need not be innovative themselves. This FOA encourages core activities promoting interdisciplinary collaborations and collaborations within and across institutions.


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