National Dissertation Award for Research on Poverty and Economic Mobility 2024–2025: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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I am a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Am I eligible?
No, University of Wisconsin–Madison dissertators are ineligible for funding under this award.
I forgot to submit part of my proposal with my application. Can I go back and edit?
Please resend your application file to as a single PDF and we will update your information with the correct file.
Do the page limits include space for references/citations?
No, the application page limits do not include references/citations. Those can be added at the end and will not be included in the page limit.
How much indirect costs can my institution bill to this grant?
Applicants are encouraged to request that their home institution forego or charge minimal indirect costs. However, there is no requirement that home institutions forego indirect costs.
Is there a template for curriculum vitae that must be submitted as part of the application?
No, there is no set template required for CVs.
Are international students eligible to apply?
Yes, international students are eligible to apply as long as they are attending a U.S. University (other than UW–Madison).
Does the funding go to me or to my University?
The $25,000 award is paid to your university. Note that home institutions may have restrictions on how the funding is spent and awardees may have to pay taxes on all or part of the funding depending on how it is used. After the award is announced, IRP will work with the awardee and their home institution to develop a detailed budget including determining the amount of indirect costs applied.
Will the IRP support getting access to the CCOULD data? Or, is the researcher expected to have gained access to the data beforehand?
The researcher will have to apply with NDACAN for access to the CCOULD data and will need IRB support through their home institution. While it is not required that applicants download the data before they apply, downloading the data will give applicants a better understanding of what they can answer with the data. This will increase the strength of their application. Researchers can begin using the data as soon as they are approved by NDACAN.
Where will the research consortiums on Child Welfare Outcomes and Medicaid Utilization activities be held?
These events will be held remotely.