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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 Quartet Pilot Program competition.

Program Overview

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. Total 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.

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
  • Aging and Household Finance
  • 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
  • Lab or Field-based Behavioral Interventions


Any faculty or researcher with an active appointment at the University of Pennsylvania is eligible to submit a proposal. Postdocs and PhD students may apply with a faculty member in a mentoring role on the project. Colleagues at other universities may be coinvestigators 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, data collection, analyses of secondary data sets, publication costs, etc. For questions or assistance, please contact Abby Dolinger at

How to Submit a Proposal

We are not accepting proposals at this time.

Monday, March 18, 2024

April 2024

July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Other Information

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