Carolina Population Center

CPC serves the population research and training needs of an elected body of faculty fellows to support innovative and interdisciplinary study of social, biological, and environmental influences on population processes and health. The center’s research portfolio (over $250 million expended from 2010-2014) has three primary research areas: Demography, Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Population Health. Each area addresses a set of important contemporary research questions. CPC’s contributions in these area are linked and strengthened by three cross-cutting signature research approaches that have historically distinguished, and continue to define, CPC research: (1) multiple level in approach and multidisciplinary in collaboration, (2) use of longitudinal research design and analysis, and (3) the evaluation of interventions in complex settings. This NICHD infrastructure grant provides support for four cores. (1) The Administrative Core provides the Center’s leadership and oversees efficient and cost-effective management of Center resources while building synergies across cores and reducing administrative burden so researchers can focus on science. (2) The Development Core supports CPC Fellows and research projects through seed grants at key junctures in the career life course and project life cycle, respectively. This core channels a larger share of resources to junior Fellows; a key mechanism is the Summer-in-Residence Program which offers structured assistance to junior Fellows as they prepare their first NIH applications. (3) The Research Services Core enables the Fellows to address complex and important population research issues by providing access to state-of-the-art research tools and professional technical support. (4) The Public Core is a “virtual center” aimed at an external constituency of population scientists around the world, policy makers, and the public at large. This core responds to contemporary expectations that research should be linked to real-world problems, that potential solutions should be considered, and that the methods and data used as evidence should be widely accessible. CPC has a long history of collecting and sharing important population data. The Public Core’s central aim is to develop tools and best practices for data dissemination while ensuring data security.

Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Frankenberg

CPC Fellow Investigators: Kenneth A. Bollen , Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa , Kathleen Mullan Harris , Robert Hummer

Other Investigators: Tim van Acker

Funding Source: NIH NICHD

Grant Number: P2CHD050924

Funding Period: 7/11/2015 - 8/31/2020

Primary Research Area: Demography,Population Health,Reproductive Health

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