With our inaugural cohort of IRIS Researcher Award recipients already bringing new questions and insights into the IRIS data as they busy themselves with their research projects, we are looking ahead with excitement to a second round of applications for the IRIS Researcher Awards. Thanks to generous funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this year we are again offering up to $15,000 for dissertation awards and up to $30,000 for early career and established researcher awards to fund researchers who will use the IRIS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research.

If you are seeking funding for your research or know someone who may be interested in this award, please help us share this call for proposals widely. Applicants do not need to be affiliated with a current IRIS member institution, however, they must be currently affiliated with an academic or research institution in the United States. A complete application must be submitted to IRIS by October 1, 2018. Read more about the awards and find the application materials here: http://iris.isr.umich.edu/research/grants/. (A printable version of the Call for Proposals is also available on this webpage.) Questions about the award or IRIS research data in general may be addressed to the IRIS Research team at irisdatarequests@umich.edu.

Beyond the financial award, IRIS provides a community for researchers as well as training and ongoing support. Awarded researchers will receive access to the current IRIS research data release files, which are further described on the IRIS website: http://iris.isr.umich.edu/research-data/. You may find the public facing data documentation, data dictionary, and patent supplement documentation for the 2018 data release through this page. The next cohort of IRIS Researcher Award recipients will be gaining access to the upcoming 2019 IRIS research data release, which will include new data from IRIS member universities as well as new and updated linkage and supplemental files to support our research community needs.