Quartet Pilot Program

The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), Pension Research Council and Boettner Center, the Population Aging Research Center, and the Population Studies Center invite investigators to submit pilot proposals for the annual FY 2022-2023 Quartet Pilot Program competition.

Pilot funds are targeted to support small-scale, innovative or exploratory projects with a duration of one year. Funded projects must have the potential to generate academic publications and priority will be given to projects with potential to develop small-scale or preliminary research findings that would lead to applications for extramural funding, especially to the National Institutes of Health.

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Proposals focusing on Population Health, Life-course and Healthy Aging in the following areas are encouraged:
  • New Dynamics of Population Diversity (population composition, migration, race, health inequality, aging and mortality)
  • Human Resources and Endowments
  • International Population Research
  • Population and the Environment
  • Big Data and Population Science
  • Health Disparities in Aging
  • Health Care and Long-Term Care in Older Adults
  • Cognition and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD)
  • Early-Life Conditions and Older Adult Health, Behavior and Well-Being
  • Global Aging and Health
  • COVID-19 and Aging

Total Quartet pilot program costs are generally limited to $10,000-$20,000 per application; however, larger budgets may be considered if the project is well-suited for generating applications for NIH funding.


Any faculty or researcher with an active appointment at the University of Pennsylvania is eligible to submit a proposal. Colleagues at other universities may be co-investigators as long as a member of the Penn research community is the Principal Investigator. Early career scholars are encouraged to apply and priority consideration will be given to their applications.

Funds can be used to support undergraduate or graduate research assistants, summer salary, data collection, analyses of secondary data sets, and publication costs. If your proposed pilot includes a foreign component or if you have any questions, please contact Abby Dolinger at abdol@sas.upenn.edu.


Submission documents and guidelines can be found here.

Submit your proposal here.


March 21, 2022


April 2022


July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023


Quartet Information and Training Sessions
PARC Data and Quartet Pilot Project Competition Session
January 21, 2022, 2-4 PM | Zoom

Information about the “Quartet” centers is available at their websites:

PRC/Boettner: https://pensionresearchcouncil.wharton.upenn.edu/
CHIBE: https://chibe.upenn.edu/
PARC: https://parc.pop.upenn.edu/
PSC: https://www.pop.upenn.edu/