Population Change and Lifecourse

Request for Proposals on Dynamic Computer Modeling Projects

The Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster has funds to support projects that would advance the area of dynamic computer modeling – including microsimulation and other agent-based modeling – and its use in research and policy development. At a workshop held on 25 October 2010, there was strong endorsement of microsimulation as a central methodology in the analysis of population change and the lifecourse.

To further develop the associated infrastructure and training, the Cluster invites proposals that would advance the understanding and use of dynamic computer modeling in research and policy development, including software development, awareness of the utility of the methodology, training workshops, courses and educational material.


TThe Cluster budget has $50,000 per year for the combined areas of Dynamic Computer Modeling (that includes Microsimulation projects) and Data Development and Training projects. Proposed budgets in the range of $2,000 to $8,000 are preferred.


This request for proposal is open to projects taking place within the Thematic Committees of the PCLC, and to other groups of members of the Cluster. Eligible projects could include:

  • Software Development
    • Microsimulation models using Modgen
    • Microsimulation models using other programming language
    • Other computer and mathematical models
  • Training
    • Workshops on the use of dynamic computer models (including microsimulation) for research and policy development
    • Virtual classes or development and posting of training modules
    • Course development
    • Technical training in dynamic computer models and microsimulation


The application of no more than 5 pages should address the following:

  1. Project Team
    Provide identity and affiliations of the project lead and team members, including the involvement of associated partners. Projects need to involve several people, including young scholars. Provide a brief resume of the team’s experience with dynamic computer modeling or with microsimulation.

  2. Project Description
    Describe the project, including the thematic focus, the specific objectives and desired outcomes. Provide a description of how the activity will provide an ongoing benefit. Indicate how the activity will be disseminated and made available (including any time limit to the privilege of use).

  3. Project Relevance
    Describe the importance of the project to the Cluster including how the project fits in with the theme of population change and lifecourse, how it relates to the mission statement of the cluster, and how the project contributes to the goals of the cluster.

  4. Training Component
    Specify the nature of the training and the target audience.

  5. Project Timeline
    Provide the dates of start and end of the project, and the time when final report on the project (substantive and budgetary) will be submitted.

  6. Project Budget
    Provide the project budget and justification, with specification of parts of budget that will be covered by other sources.

Submission of Proposals

Proposals are to be sent to the PCLC Executive Committee c/o ravanera@uwo.ca. The deadlines for receipt of proposals are 15 January, 15 April, 15 June and 15 October. Applicants are encouraged to communicate in advance with regard to their intention to submit a proposal.


Applications will be considered by the Executive Committee of the PCLC on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to Cluster
  2. Quality of proposed training activities (including evidence that there is not a duplication of efforts)
  3. Appropriateness and Viability of dissemination plans
  4. Sustainability of the benefits and potential impacts
  5. Suitability of participants and partnerships
  6. Cost effectiveness


A final report is required within 3 months of the end of the project, including a substantive report on achievements and future plans, and budgetary accounting. An electronic version of the report is to be sent to ravanera@uwo.ca, and to rbeaujot@uwo.ca with paper copy of financial documents sent to:

Rod Beaujot,
Department of Sociology
University of Western Ontario,
London, ON N6A 5C2.