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Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology Receives $2.9 Million

Award provided by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

October 9, 2017

October 2017 Seattle – The Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology (CSDE) at the University of Washington, College of Arts & Sciences announced it received $2.9 million for a five-year grant from the Population Dynamics Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). This grant will support the center’s cutting-edge research and training in demography, population health, and reproductive health. CSDE was one of only three recipients chosen to receive funding from NICHD’s highly competitive selection process.

“We are honored to receive an award of this caliber from a national institute at the forefront of population health and scientific breakthroughs,” said George Lovell, Divisional Dean for the Social Sciences at the UW’s College of Arts & Sciences. “CSDE is a stellar example of how interdisciplinary research fuels real-world impact with benefits for the common good. We are deeply proud of CSDE’s community of over 100 scholars who, together, put UW on the map for advancing the health of people around the world.”

The grant review committee underscored CSDE’s key contributions in five primary research areas 1) Demographic Measurement and Methods, 2) Environments and Populations, 3) Health of People and Populations, 4) Migrations and Settlements, and 5) Wellbeing of Families and Households. CSDE’s affiliates – represented in disciplines ranging from Anthropology to Biostatistics, Economics, Epidemiology, Geography, Health Services, Nursing, Public Policy, Social Work,  Sociology, Statistics, and more – were recognized for innovative methods and groundbreaking scientific leadership in probabilistic population estimates, statistical demography, biodemography, data science and demographic methods, spatial demography, and the statistics of social networks and infectious disease.

“We are especially excited to receive this award at a time when the UW’s Population Health Initiative is gaining momentum,” said Sara Curran, Director of CSDE. “ The initiative—which addresses challenges at the intersection of human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity—is taking on some of the most critical issues we face today. We are thrilled that NICHD recognizes the importance of our center’s alignment with that mission and wants to further that work.” NICHD also acknowledged the wide-spread support CSDE is receiving from the College of Arts & Sciences, the UW Provost's office, the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, the School of Public Health, the School of Social Work, the eScience Institute, and UrbanUW.

In its first year, the NICHD grant allows CSDE to launch a more robust seed grant program to support population health projects from inception to completion. Additionally, CSDE plans to invest in a data infrastructure hub for collaboration across several UW centers, local governments and agencies.  “This hub will help UW researchers and community practitioners to address questions related to the provision of social and human services,” Curran added.  “We are thrilled to use the support from NICHD to increase engagement of the UW in relevant community projects with strong research and pedagogical value.”




About the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

CSDE is a community of faculty and students associated to advance population science through research and training. As a federally funded research center with over 70 years of experience, the CSDE community of scholars develops new demographic measures and methods, advances knowledge about population dynamics, generates new data and evidence to support population science, and trains the next generation of demographers. More at

About the Population Health Initiative

The Population Health Initiative addresses the most persistent and emerging challenges in human health, environmental resilience and social and economic equity. Through partnerships with local, national and global communities, the initiative develops, implement and disseminate transformative knowledge through our research, service and teaching. More at

About the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences, founded more than 150 years ago, provides an education of tremendous breadth and depth to more than 21,000 students while advancing research and scholarship in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. The College has more than two dozen interdisciplinary centers and ties to many other centers, enabling scholars in diverse fields to collaborate on complex research questions in the humanities, demography, labor studies, law, astrobiology, and other areas.

The College faculty generate about $107 million in research funds annually, through public and private grants. The College also serves the community through the more than 280 performances, 60 exhibits and 100 public programs annually offered through the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and Meany Center for the Performing Arts. More at

About Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

NICHD was initially founded in 1962 to realize a vision: support the world's best minds in investigating human development throughout the entire life process, focusing on understanding developmental disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, and illuminating important events that occur during pregnancy.

Since then, NICHD has made an array of scientific advances that have helped enhance lives throughout all stages of development, from preconception through adulthood. Research supported and conducted by NICHD has helped to explain the unique health needs of many and has brought about novel and effective ways to prevent and treat disease and disability. More at