University of Chicago-Chapin Hall Joint Research Fund

Partnerships to promote the well-being of children

The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall provide up to $200,000 annually to support outstanding research that investigates and leads to new directions in policy and practice aimed at promoting the well-being of children, families, and communities.

Now in its seventh year, the Joint Research Fund fosters long-term policy-relevant research collaborations between Chapin Hall staff and University faculty. Each project must have a representative of each institution. Research projects may range in size from $30,000 to $100,000 and last up to 24 months. Applications are evaluated by the Joint Research Fund Steering Committee, which is composed of appointees from Chapin Hall and the University.

Resources and Instructions

The application cycle for Joint Research Fund awards opens on Monday, October 14, 2019. Applications, via the online application form, are due Friday, January 17, 2020. Announcements about the awards will be made in mid-March.

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Joint Research Fund Request for Proposals and Instructions

Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Are postdoctoral fellows eligible to apply?

The Fund is intended to promote sustainable research relationships. Because of the typically short-term commitments postdoctoral fellows have with their host institutions, they are not eligible to apply. If you are in doubt as to your eligibility or that of a colleague, reach out to jointresearchfund@chapinhall.org

When should projects begin and end?

Projects can begin as early as April 1, 2020 and as late as December 31, 2020. Projects must not exceed a 24-month period as of the project starting date.

What happens after the Joint Research Fund award recipients are announced?

When a project is selected for funding, the co-PIs will receive an email notification with the details of the award. A follow-up communication with next steps will contain more detailed information regarding reporting and disbursal of funds.

Can applications be resubmitted?

Applicants may resubmit applications from prior application periods.

How does the Joint Research Fund define “innovation”?

The Joint Research Fund defines innovation broadly. Innovation refers to the creation of a novel idea, practice, or method to solve an issue. Innovation also refers to the use of an existing idea or method to solve a novel issue. Approaching an old issue in a new way is also considered to be innovative.

Our project spans more than 12 months. May we apply for more than the $100,000 project maximum?

The maximum award is $100,000, even for proposals spanning longer than 12 months.

Our project doesn’t reach the minimum threshold ($30K). Can we still apply?

Applications that do not meet the requirements will not be reviewed. Feel free to check future application criteria, as these may vary from year to year.

Is it detrimental to the success of my application if I apply for additional funding?

Some expenses can’t be covered by the Joint Research Fund (e.g., conferences, honorariums), so applicants are welcome to apply for additional funding from other source(s). We invite applicants to comment on the purpose of the additional funds requested in the dedicated section of the application form.

Can I submit two applications, each with a different Co-PI? 

You may submit as many applications as you wish, provided that the projects’ aims are different while still meeting the Joint Research Fund criteria.

Are University of Chicago Affiliates considered eligible?

Only eligible scholars at University of Chicago schools, centers, and departments can apply. Scholars with primary affiliations with Argonne, Fermilab, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and NORC are not eligible as Principal Investigators on a project. However, they can be part of a team associated with a submitted project.

Previous Joint Research Fund Awards

Fiscal Year 2019
PROJECT TITLECO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORSFUNDING
Applying Machine Learning Approaches to Inform Residential Placement Decision-Making in a Child Welfare SystemRayid Ghani, Research Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science

Brian Chor, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall
$59,000
The Effect of Universal Pre-Kindergarten on Total Early Care Accessibility in ChicagoMichael Dinerstein, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Nicholas Mader, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall
$56,000
Left Behind: The Effects of Parental Absence on Human Capital Formation among Chinese ChildrenJames Heckman, Director, Center for the Economics of Human Development

Fred Wulczyn, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall
$85,000
Fiscal Year 2018
PROJECT TITLECO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORSFUNDING
Evaluating the Clinical Implementation of the Infant Crying and Parent Well-Being Screening ToolBree Andrews, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Biological Sciences Division/Pediatrics

Tiffany Burkhardt, Researcher, Chapin Hall

$25,000
Improving Services & Policies for Incarcerated Mothers & Their Children in IllinoisAmy Dworsky, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall

Gina Fedock, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
$88,800
How Child Care and Early Education Supply in Chicago Shapes Latino Parents’ Child Care DecisionsJulia Henly, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Julie Spielberger, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall


$86,200
Fiscal Year 2017
PROJECT TITLECO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORSFUNDING
Applying Rapid Review Methods to Assess Evidence for Non-medical Management of Asthma in Out-of-Home YouthRichard Epstein, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall

Valerie Press, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
$80,000
Financial Inclusion and Child DevelopmentElia de la Cruz Toledo, Researcher, Chapin Hall

Jeffrey Grogger, Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy, Harris School of Public Policy

Wladimir Zanoni, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall
$62,000
Testing a Technological Solution for Improving Service Connections Among Youth and Families Involved in Preventive Child Welfare ServicesStacy Lindau, Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Medicine-Geriatrics, School of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division

Dana Weiner, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall
$58,000
Fiscal Year 2016
PROJECT TITLECO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORSFUNDING
Father-Son Communication About Violence & Safety in Urban, African-American CommunitiesWaldo Johnson, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Lauren Rich, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall


$99,620
Empowering Teachers to Improve Children’s Prekindergarten to Kindergarten Transition: An Implementation Study Stacy Ehrlich, Senior Research Scientist, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Angeline Spain, Researcher, Chapin Hall


$99,760
Fiscal Year 2015
PROJECT TITLECO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORSFUNDING
Understanding and Improving Performance Measurement Systems in Private Child and Family Service AgenciesNathaniel Israel, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall

J. Curtis McMillen, Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
$82,452
Do Absences in Elementary School Impact High School Outcomes?Kerwin Charles, Deputy Dean and Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Wladimir Zanoni, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall
$42,548
Mental Health Engagement: A cultural ecogram pilot intervention studyAmelia Kohm, Researcher, Chapin Hall

Miwa Yasui, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
$75,000
Fiscal Year 2014
PROJECT TITLECO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORSFUNDING
Implementation Study of an Innovative Psychiatric Service Model for Juvenile OffendersJoy Landwehr, Researcher, Chapin Hall

Bradley Stolbach, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Pritzker School of Medicine
$82,992
How do Low-Income Expectant Mothers Package Work and Safety Net Supports?: Evidence from Illinois administrative dataRobert Goerge, Senior Research Fellow, Chapin Hall

Marci A. Ybarra, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
$65,909
State of the Child in China: Secondary analysis of the 2010 China family panel studiesLijun Chen, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall

Dali Yang, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago
$35,101

Note: The Joint Research Fund is working toward sharing reports online. Reports currently online are linked from the project title.

*Positions noted are accurate as of the time of the award.