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Summer Research Institute (SRI)

Summer Research Institute 2018
Announcement and Call for Applications

The 26th Annual Summer Research Institute (SRI) will be held in 2018 on May 31st, June 1st, June 4th, and June 5th as an online distance learning experience.

The 2018 SRI Application deadline is March 15, 2018.

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Summer Research Institute

The goals of the NDACAN Summer Research Institute distance learning program are:

  • 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.
  • 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

Users of NDACAN data 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 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 with a Welcome and Introductions on Thursday May 31, and conclude in the afternoon on Tuesday June 5. The intervening weekend days are for participants to work on their projects on their own with very limited support from NDACAN -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.


We will give strong preference to applicants who already have the data before applying. NSCAW Restricted, NCANDS Child File, and datasets #205, #191 are Restricted data and require 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

Proposals based on the following datasets are especially encouraged:

Apply to the 2018 Summer Research Institute