CPL Seed Grants

In an effort to support new policy-relevant research on health, homelessness, and consumer finance, CPL provides seed grants for UC students and faculty with a research proposal incorporating one of the following datasets:

The seed grants are designed to cover data-access expenses for UC students and faculty who do not have access to other funding. This funding is provided thanks to generous funding from the UC Office of the President’s grant program on Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives.

What Does the Award Provide?

Seed grants of between $2,500 and $15,000 are available for UC students and faculty through a competitive application process. The awards are designed to cover data-access fees and other infrastructure costs for teams with valuable research ideas, but who do not have access to other funding to cover these expenses. For example, the grant can help cover UC-CCP data-access fees or HDAI reuse fees. Grants may not be used to pay a salary/stipend or to cover university fees, and must be spent within the calendar year they are granted.

Who Can Apply?

Seed grants are available to UC students and faculty with a research proposal that uses one of the eligible datasets above. Preference will be given to cross-campus research.

With a mission to improve the lives of a diverse California population, CPL recognizes the value of diverse voices in all of the work that we do. We strongly encourage applications from all eligible researchers, including students of color and from marginalized communities.

Grantee Expectations

  • Any research testing a hypothesis must be pre-registered on the Open Science Framework
  • Awardees must submit a short periodic report on the research project’s status

How to Apply?

Apply by submitting this form. Deadlines are 12pm on the following dates through the end of 2024, when funding expires. If the date falls on a weekend, applications are due the following Monday. Application review may take up to 6 weeks.

  • March 31st
  • June 30th
  • September 30th
  • December 31st

Seed Grant Awardees

Woongchan Jeon, PhD Candidate at UC Santa Barbara, for a project entitled “The distributional impacts of wildfires on household balance sheets in the Western United States.” Woongchan also received a Graduate Fellowship grant.

Katherine Meckel, Professor of Economics at UC San Diego, and Min Lee, PhD Candidate at UC San Diego, for their project entitled “The Effect of Participation in the SNAP Program on Financial Stability Among Low-Income Households in California.”

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