The CSS has established a seed grant program for collaborative research between a social scientist and statistician on a demographic problem. Preference will be given to work that in part develops new statistical methodology or is a new application in demography of state-of-the-art statistical methodology.

This program is based on an annual competition for grants of size $10-20K. These will, for example, support a faculty member for a summer month or fund an RA for a quarter. The proposals are limited to two pages and require only a simple budget. To be eligible, the proposed research must be between a faculty member in the Division of Social Sciences and the Division of Natural Sciences. Preference will be given to work that is highly likely to lead to long term collaboration or external funding.

The ideal use of these funds is to help develop new ideas and conduct preliminary research that is likely to result in successful applications for extramural funding.

To apply for these funds, please

  1. use this application
  2. follow these instructions

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • At least one investigator on the project must be a faculty affiliate of the California Center for Population Research (CCPR).
  • The work should be innovative, technically sound, address scientifically important questions, and have a clear relationship to population studies and/or demography.
  • Applications should make a convincing case that the activities supported by seed grant funding are likely to lead to successful applications for extramural funding.

Ceteris paribus, preference will be given to:

  • Applications from scholars who are recent additions to the UCLA faculty.
  • Applications from PIs who have not recently received funding from this program.
  • Multi-investigator teams that bring together complementary skills or approaches that have the potential to become productive, long-run collaborations.

Please note the following conditions:

  • A progress report (1-3 pages) and a list of proposals, grants, publications and presentations arising from the seed grant are required at the end of the project period. Recipients are also required to provide updates about seed grant products in response to periodic queries from CCPR and/or CSS.
  • Applications involving human subjects must include an IRB approval or a report about the status of the IRB application. No funds will be dispersed for human subjects research without prior IRB approval.
  • The funds will be available immediately upon award announcement and must be spent within the award period, normally 12 months. Any balance remaining after award expiration date will be returned to CSS.
  • All publications and presentations arising from this seed grant should include any acknowledgement of CCPR and CSS, such as “The project described was supported by the Center for Social Statistics and the California Center for Population Research at UCLA, which receives core support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (Grant Number P2C HD041022).


Applications will be reviewed by an Ad Hoc Faculty Seed Grant Review Committee appointed by the CSS Directors, Mark S. Handcock and Jennie Brand. Awards will be announced mid-May 2017. Please direct any questions to Mark S. Handcock (

How to Submit Proposals:
Please fill out the application and follow the instructions in order to submit the documents as an email attachment to Lucy Shao ( no later than April 29th, 2017.