The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Response Policy Research Fund

Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Response Policy Research Fund

Through the support of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Schaeffer Center is launching the pandemic policy research fund to support research and engage in policy discussions that will impact our understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare us for future pandemics.

Overview | Important Dates | Contact | Funding Priorities | Application

Researching the Impact of the Policy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic set off an unprecedented chain of policy responses aimed at mitigating the health and economic impacts of the spread of the infectious virus. Since March 2020, policymakers and public health officials at the local, state and federal levels have grappled with changing and uncertain information, competing priorities and complicated, dynamic scenarios.

 The Schaeffer Center is launching the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Response Policy Research Fund to support research that advances our understanding of the short and long-run impact of public policies implemented in response to the pandemic. Researchers from across the University of Southern California will be eligible to apply.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated our commitment to conduct timely, innovative and objective research. USC faculty have been at the forefront of producing new evidence to inform public policy and discourse on the pandemic. I am thankful to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation for providing this opportunity to broaden and elevate this important work”

Neeraj Sood, PhD
Director, COVID Initiative, USC Schaeffer Center
Vice Dean for Research, USC Price School for Public Policy

Important Dates

Request for proposals will open May 1, 2022. Proposals will be accepted through August 30, 2022. Interested researchers are encouraged to apply early; proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Awarded funds will be made available October 1, 2022 for Normal Research Grants. Rapid Research Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis.

Contact Information

Please address questions about the funding opportunity to the project director, Professor Neeraj Sood at nsood@usc.edu. Please address questions about the proposal portal to Alexis Goodly at agoodly@usc.edu. Please address questions about budgets to Cristina Wilson at cwilson@usc.edu.

Funding Priorities

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Pandemic Policy Research Fund at the University of Southern California (USC) Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics is pleased to announce a call for proposals. We ask for proposals to fund research on the following topics:

  1.  Research that advances our understanding of the short and long-run impact of public policies to mitigate the health and economic effects of the pandemic on health and economic outcomes at both the individual and economy-wide level.
  2.  Research that advances our understanding of the impact of the pandemic and associated policies on broader economic and social trends such as the adoption of new technologies, changes in where we work, changes in health care and health-related behaviors, changes in savings/consumption decisions and changes in fiscal and monetary policies at the local, state and federal levels.
  3.  Research that improves preparedness for future pandemics.

We welcome research proposals that focus on primary or secondary data analysis as well as research that synthesizes and draws lessons from existing research for policymakers and the broader public.

Who is eligible to apply? 

All USC faculty, post-docs and PhD students are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

What is the size of the funding opportunity? 

The total budget for the fund is $1 million over two years.

Estimated number of awards? 

4-5 Normal Research Grants (NRG) and 4-5 Rapid Research Grants (RRGs).

When are proposals due? 

Proposals for NRGs are due no later than August 30, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Proposals for RRGs will be reviewed on a rolling basis and proposals are encouraged starting May 1, 2022.

Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a technical proposal, budget, budget justification and biographical sketches.

Technical Proposal Specifications:

Technical proposals for Normal Research Grants (NRGs) and Rapid Research Grants (RRGs) should not exceed 5 pages (excluding references). Each technical proposal should use 12-point font, Times New Roman or Arial, and 1.5 line spacing. The technical proposal should contain the following sections:

  • Cover sheet: Project title, contact information of Principal Investigator and project abstract, which should not exceed 200 words.
  • Specific aims: Provide key research objectives.
  • Significance: Explain how the research will advance knowledge as well as the broader impacts on society and on public policy.
  • Approach: The approach or methods for conducting the research.
  • Project timeline: Proposed project start date, significant intermediate milestones, and duration.
  • References: References should be in APA format. This section does not count towards the page limit for a technical proposal.

Budget and Budget Justification Specifications:

The budget and budget justification should contain separate line items for personnel costs and materials. Please provide a justification for each line item. The indirect cost rate is 15%. A template is provided below.

Budgets for NRGs should not exceed $150,000 and budgets for RRGs should not exceed $50,000. You can view the budget template below.

Budget Notes:
• Proposed period of performance cannot exceed 14 months between 4/1/22 – 4/30/24.
• RPG cannot exceed $50,000 in direct costs • NRG cannot exceed $150,000 in direct costs.
• This is a project funded by the Peterson’s Foundation (non-federally funded).
• 15% is the maximum allowable indirect costs in accordance with the Foundation’s guidelines.

Biographical Sketch Specifications:

Biographical sketches can be provided in either NIH or NSF format.

How to Apply

A link to the application is below. Please address questions about the funding opportunity to the project director, Professor Neeraj Sood at nsood@usc.edu. Please address questions about the proposal portal to Alexis Goodly at agoodly@usc.edu. Please address questions about budgets to Cristina Wilson at cwilson@usc.edu.