Become a DUPRI Research Scholar!
The Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI) is an interdisciplinary research organization bringing together researchers from the biological, economic, mathematical, psychological, statistical, sociological, and policy sciences at Duke. The Institute seeks to advance science in the area of demography and population science, as well as expand the current boundaries of demographic investigation. DUPRI provides research infrastructure and an environment to stimulate collaborative research.
DUPRI receives external funding from the Population Infrastructure Program of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The goal of this program is to support and advance research on the experiences and consequences of population structure and change, to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among population scholars, and to promote innovative approaches to population research questions. Because DUPRI's success in fulfilling these goals is evaluated by NICHD and NIA on an ongoing basis, we are required to limit membership to individuals whose work advances our mission of promoting population research.
In addition, because population science increasingly relies on approaches that integrate the social, health, and biological sciences, collaboration with researchers in allied fields has the potential to enrich the research environment for all involved. Thus we also give priority to projects that pursue outreach to other disciplines.
As a policy, the program will not fund faculty time; instead, typical requests will be to fund small pilot data collection projects or experiments where participant compensation is the norm, costs associated with processing of biological data, data acquisition using special data archives, research assistant time, and travel to sites or travel for collaborators to Duke for research.
Applications should follow the R01 format, with specific aims and explanations of significance, innovation and approach. In addition, each application must provide a plan for obtaining extramural funding. Applications are limited to four pages, excluding references and appendices. For further details contact DUPRI Administrative Director Heather Tipaldos.
Because DUPRI is an NIH-supported center and our renewal is based on the effectiveness of the DUPRI community in promoting population research, it is important that all members of the Institute contribute to our mission. DUPRI welcomes Scholars with a wide scope of interest in population science, with population research defined broadly to accommodate our diverse community. Scholars are encouraged to publish in major demographic and population journals, to become active members of the Population Association of America, and to submit external grant proposals to the major demographic funding agencies. In addition, Scholars are expected to be actively involved in DUPRI through such activities as attendance at seminars, presentation of their research, participation in interest groups, mentoring of junior faculty, and participation in the governance of the Institute. Scholars are expected to contribute to the NIH Center Grant renewal process and to submit materials required for the production of the annual report.
DUPRI Research Scholars are researchers with an interest in population science research topics. Research Scholars hold Duke regular rank appointments and are appointed based on evidence of interest in the population sciences. An active research program in the population sciences might include publishing in population-related journals, membership in the Population Association of America, participation in the DUPRI research seminars, or funding from NICHD or NIA on population-related topics.
Research Affiliate status is available to other scholars interested in becoming involved with the Institute. We encourage researchers in allied fields who would like to engage the population science community to join DUPRI. Reviews of Research Scholar and Research Affiliate status are conducted by the Executive Committee every five years, prior to the submission of DUPRI's application for refunding. DUPRI requires Research Scholars and Affiliates to supply, once per year, updated National Institute of Health Biosketches and other material that allows DUPRI to describe your research accomplishments and activity.
Applicants are asked to provide a brief statement regarding their population-related training and research activity as well as a current vita. These materials are circulated to members of the DUPRI Executive Committee. A majority vote of the Executive Committee members is required to become a DUPRI Scholar.