The Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is proud to announce its 2021 Lerner Center Faculty Fellows Grant Program. This year’s fellows program will be different than prior years. To promote cross-institutional collaboration in our joint primary research interests, the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University and the Population Research Institute at Penn State (PRI) are joining forces in 2021 to fund collaborative seed grants to support teams of researchers working together across our institutions. We seek to support research activities (e.g., pilot studies, preliminary data analyses) that will lead to larger external funding. We are seeking proposals that aim to examine and/or explain social, spatial, structural, and/or policy determinants of population health and health disparities. We anticipate spending a maximum of $50,000 to be spent over 24 months to fund 1 or 2 proposals. Proposals are due April 20, 2021.

Specific Target Areas

Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities: Studies of the impacts of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, sexuality, families, social networks, migration and immigration status, work, geography, institutions, and/or policies that may pose disparate health risks and/or lead to disparate outcomes across groups and/or communities. Studies of the impacts of COVID-19 on individuals, children and families, and/or communities are also welcome.

Families, Childhood, and Health: Studies that examine demographic changes in family formation, family functioning, intergenerational relations, and reproductive health and their relationships to observed health and well-being disparities.

Communities, Neighborhoods and Spatial Processes: Studies of human population distribution across neighborhoods and communities, the social processes that bring about these spatial patterns, segregation and residential conditions, and their consequences for the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and/or children.


The goal of this new joint research program is to encourage collaboration. Research teams must include at least one investigator who is affiliated with the Lerner Center or Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University and at least one investigator from the Population Research Institute at Penn State. Research faculty (tenure line and non-tenure line) are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators. Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students may be included on the research team but may not serve as PIs or co-investigators. The PIs of the winning proposal(s) will automatically be granted Lerner Center Faculty Fellow status.

To Apply

For instructions and review criteria, please review the 2021 RFP: Population Health and Policy Research Collaboration RFP.

Questions about any aspect of this RFP can be directed to Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, at smmonnat@syr.edu.

Additional Resources

Previous Lerner Faculty Fellows