Announcements and News

(February 8, 2018) CDHA Requests for Pilot Proposals
The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison announces a pilot grant competition for 2018-2019. CDHA seeks to vary priorities across funding cycles to ensure that funding is channeled in a balanced way to CDHA core areas: aging and the life course, determinants of disparities, comparative international studies of population aging, social and economic aspects of aging, and biodemography. Please submit a 1-2 page proposal with a description of your research idea and what funding you are requesting to Janet Clear ( by March 1, 2018. Details about CDHA pilot competition can be found at this announcement.

(January 12, 2018) PRB U.S. Policy Communication Training Program
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is accepting applications for its 2018-2019 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program. This program is designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences, including decision makers and the media. It is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents pursuing doctoral programs at the U.S. academic institutions. Deadline for applying is February 16, 2018. Details about this program can be found on this site.

DEVSEC 2018 call for Submission (January 8, 2018)
DEVSEC: Conference on the Use of Secondary and Open Source Data in Developmental Science will be held in Phoenix, Azirona October 4-6. This conference will highlight research using secondary sources of data and provide an opportunity for researchers to address their own developmental questions. For details about this conference, visit Submission deadline is February 15, 2018.

A Revised NIH Definition of A Clinical Trial Case Studies (January 8, 2018)
NIH has revised existing case studies and added a few new ones to help clarify how the definition of clinical trial does or does not apply to. This updated document is avaialble at These case studies illustrate how to apply the four questions researchers involved in human studies need to ask, and answer, to determine if their study meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial. These questions are:

  • Does the study involve human participants?
  • Are the participants prospectively assigned to an intervention?
  • Is the study designed to evaluate the effect of the intervention on the participants?
  • Is the effect that will be evaluated a health-related biomedical or behavioral outcome?