ISR Awards

Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging

This proposal requests funding for Years 21-25 of the NIA P30 Michigan Center for the Demography of Aging (MiCDA). Building on Michigan?s historical strengths in social science research, and aided by support from NIA since 1994, UM has become a leader in research on the demography and economics of aging.
Housed at Michigan?s Institute for Social Research (ISR) and jointly run by ISR?s Population Studies Center (PSC) and Survey Research Center (SRC), MiCDA serves as a critical link across other campus units that are doing aging-related research, including the Economics Department, the Sociology Department, the School of Public Health, and the School of Medicine. MiCDA directly supports innovative inter-disciplinary research via pilot projects, which regularly result in new lines of research. MiCDA also serves as the focal point for connecting external networks of scholars around emerging topics (the last cycle engaged over 100 external researchers in this capacity). And MiCDA supports both dissemination of findings based on and use of data collected from Michigan?s large NIA-funded studies. In particular, MiCDA?s secure Data Enclave supports the latter aim by increasing researchers? access to restricted data that are highly valuable for the study of aging.

Over the next five years, MiCDA will undertake activities to further advance research around four signature themes emerging from faculty interests: (1) chronic disease and disability; (2) life course determinants of late-life health and well-being; (3) aging, genetics, and social science; and (4) economics of savings and retirement. A fifth signature strength that crosscuts these research areas is Michigan?s expertise in data collection and measurement. Home to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), and other important aging-related studies, Michigan is an international leader in the design of innovative and high-quality collections. MiCDA activities will continue to promote the wide use of these resources nationally and internationally.

Over the next five years, MiCDA will undertake activities to further advance research around four signature themes emerging from faculty interests: (1) chronic disease and disability; (2) life course determinants of late-life health and well-being; (3) aging, genetics, and social science; and (4) economics of savings and retirement. A fifth signature strength that crosscuts these research areas is Michigan?s expertise in data collection and measurement. Home to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), and other important aging-related studies, Michigan is an international leader in the design of innovative and high-quality collections. MiCDA activities will continue to promote the wide use of these resources nationally and internationally.