2018 Summer Research Institute Announcement and Call for Applications

The 26th Annual Summer Research Institute (SRI) will be held in 2018 on May 31, June 1, June 4, and June 5 as an online distance learning experience.
Applications to participate in the 2018 SRI are due on or before March 15, 2018.
Please download the SRI 2018 Application (PDF) from our application page, and visit our Summer Research Institute page for more information.

Summer Research Institute

The Summer Research Institute is an online distance learning experience held by NDACAN to achieve the following goals:

  • Identify early-career scholars who are doing secondary analyses of NDACAN data that have the potential to make valuable contributions to the empirical research literature.
  • Create a collegial and collaborative setting in which SRI participants come together to dedicate one week of focused effort on their projects.
  • Provide support and training to participants regarding use of NDACAN datasets.
  • Hold learning sessions around methodological or statistical issues of general interest to participants.

Users of NDACAN data will apply for the SRI and after a selective review process, a group of up to 20 scholars will be invited to participate. NDACAN staff and SRI participants will convene online on the dates above for a series of virtual meetings. These meetings will involve the following formats:

  • SRI-wide events including all SRI participants
  • Scheduled one-on-one consultations with NDACAN staff, directors, and consultants
  • Scheduled and impromptu participant workgroups discussing issues of common interest across individual projects
  • Informal video chats and gatherings so that participants get to know each other

The Institute will begin on Thursday, May 31 with a Welcome and Introductions session, and will conclude on Tuesday June 15 in the afternoon. The intervening weekend days are for participants to work on their projects on their own with very limited support from NDACAN, and full support from NDACAN staff will resume on Monday. During the SRI, participants have dedicated access to the NDACAN Research Analysts and Project Directors. They are available to advise, instruct, and support participants in whatever way they need so that they make substantial progress on their projects. In addition to NDACAN staff, participants may also seek help from any statistical consultants or dataset content experts invited by NDACAN to support the event. As part of a group of supportive colleagues, SRI participants can also benefit and learn from other participants who are using the same dataset, studying related research questions, or applying similar statistical methods.

Selection of Participants

NDACAN encourages applications from advanced graduate students, post-docs, early-career faculty, and other researchers. Applicants are rated based on the quality of the proposal, research background, and intention to publish. In addition, an attempt will be made to identify sets of proposals that complement each other either through use of the same dataset, interest in a similar content area, or application of similar statistical techniques. Proposals based on the following datasets are especially encouraged: AFCARS, NYTD, LONGSCAN, NCANDS Child File, NIS, NSCAW Restricted Release, and Datasets #100#110#112#117#126#134#135#159#161#162, #202, #203

We will give strong preference to applicants who already have the data before applying. Obtaining Restricted data (e.g. NSCAW Restricted, NCANDS Child File, datasets #205, #191) requires action from your own IRB (an approval or exemption) which could take months. Therefore, SRI Applicants proposing to use Restricted data should at least initiate their IRB approval process before submitting their SRI application. Special consideration will be given to applicants who propose to merge AFCARS and NYTD data.

Application Instructions

  1. Download the official SRI 2018 Application (PDF) from the application page and fill it out electronically. Type or paste your responses directly into the spaces provided, then save it.
  2. E-mail your completed SRI 2018 Application (PDF) and a recent CV as attachments to NDACAN@cornell.edu. Please title your attachments beginning with your last name (Example: Jones-App.pdf, Jones-CV.doc).
    Only your application PDF and your CV will be processed: please do not submit additional documents.

Application Deadline

Applications and CVs must be received on or before March 15, 2018.

SRI Information on the NDACAN Website

Contact Us

Please direct questions about the Institute to Andres Arroyo (E-mail: NDACAN@cornell.edu, Phone: 607-255-7799). Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on or before April 1, 2018.