2020 Call for Proposals: Funding for Research on Youth Employment
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 10:07 AM

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to fund research on youth employment, a key area of interest identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

The Principal Investigator must hold a doctorate or the highest degree appropriate for their discipline at the time of application. Individuals not associated with a university (domestic or foreign) and foreign entities are ineligible for awards made under this announcement. University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty and postdoctoral fellows are ineligible for funding.

IRP anticipates funding four to eight projects, with awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. The grant contract period will be from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

Research questions of particular interest include:

  1. What attitudes and values do young people have about employment, including entrepreneurship, skilled trades, and manufacturing? Have these attitudes and values about employment changed over time for youth? How are these attitudes and values similar or different for youths from low-income households and opportunity youth compared to other youths?  What role do parents play
  1. What are effective strategies and promising practices for connecting youths from low-income households and opportunity for youth to work and career pathways?
  1. What are the characteristics of different subgroups of youths and how do they relate to education and employment outcomes? (e.g., harder to serve vs. easier to serve; chronically disconnected vs. short-term disconnected; rural vs. urban and suburban; youths from low-income households vs. opportunity youth; young parents vs. nonparents).
  1. What are the patterns of disconnection over time for youths from low-income households and opportunity youth in terms of cycling in and out of disconnection to school and work?  
  1. What are the health, mental health, and substance abuse experiences of youths from low-income households and opportunity youth compared to other youths and how are they related to education and employment outcomes? 

The deadline to submit your proposal is 11:59 p.m. CDT, November 15, 2019.

Please see the attached RFP for more information regarding eligibility, selection criteria, and application instructions. More details can also be found here.