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Summer Research Institute (SRI)

Summer Research Institute 2020
Announcement and Call for Applications

The 28th Annual Summer Research Institute (SRI) will be held on May 28, May 29, June 1, and June 2, 2020 as an online distance learning experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications and CVs must be received by March 15, 2020.

Apply to the 2020 Summer Research Institute

Summer Research Institute

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

  • Encourage promising early-career scholars to do secondary analyses of NDACAN data and make valuable contributions to the empirical research literature
  • Create a collegial and collaborative setting where SRI participants dedicate four days of focused effort on their individual research projects
  • Provide one-on-one and group technical support and training to participants regarding use of Archive datasets

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 usually involve the following formats:

  • Scheduled group trainings and events with all SRI participants and NDACAN staff
  • Scheduled one-on-one consultations with NDACAN staff and consultants
  • Scheduled or impromptu participant workgroup discussions on issues of common interest across individual projects
  • Informal video chats and gatherings so that participants can learn from one another

The Institute will begin the morning of Thursday, May 28 with a Welcome and Introductions session, and will conclude on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 2. The intervening weekend days are for SRI participants to work on their projects on their own with limited support from NDACAN, and full support from NDACAN staff resumes on Monday, June 1. NDACAN can support researchers using SPSS, Stata, SAS, and R, but not MPlus. (Many of the multi-level analyses that can be done in MPlus can also now be done using other software such as Stata.)

SRI participants have access to the NDACAN Research Analysts, the NDACAN Project Director, and the NDACAN Post-Doctoral Researcher. These staff are available to advise, instruct, and support the participants so that they make substantial progress on their projects. In addition to the NDACAN staff, external statistical consultants or dataset content experts will be available to assist SRI participants, as needed. SRI participants can also meet with 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, #222. Consideration will also be given to applicants who propose to merge AFCARS and NYTD data.

NDACAN will give strong preference to applicants who have the data prior to applying. Obtaining Restricted data (e.g., NSCAW Restricted, NCANDS Child File, and datasets #205, #191, #218, #223) requires that the participant’s IRB issues an approval or exemption, a process which can be lengthy. Therefore, SRI applicants proposing to use Restricted data should initiate the IRB approval process before submitting the SRI application.


All applications will be reviewed at the close date, and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by April 15, 2020.

Contact Us

Please direct questions about the 2020 SRI to the NDACAN Archiving Assistant,
E-mail:, Phone: 607-255-7799.