Request for Proposals to Support Research Using the E-Risk Longitudinal Study


Deadline: April 4, 2016

The Education and Human Development Incubator (EHDi) in the Social Science Research Institute is pleased to announce this request for projects that will conduct secondary analyses using the E-Risk Longitudinal Study data. Projects will be eligible for $1,000 to $5,000 for up to one year of funding, beginning in Spring 2016. We expect project work will begin in the summer or fall of 2016.


Background on E-Risk Study

Two researchers at Duke, Avshalom Caspi and Terri Moffitt, along with a researcher in the United Kingdom, Louise Arseneault, developed the E-Risk longitudinal study in the 1990s to build knowledge about children’s behavioral development and mental health. (A list of references to E-Risk publications appears at the end of this RFP.) The study addresses: a) which specific environmental risk factors contribute to the early emergence of mental health problems; b) whether environmental risk factors interact with genetic risk to influence mental health problems; c) whether and how child-specific parenting experiences explain difference in behavioral outcomes between children in the same family; d) how the effects of risk are mediated through children’s neuropsychological executive functions, social-information processing, and verbal skills.  Data were collected at ages 5, 7, 10, and 12 to investigate specific environmental risk factors that contribute to the early emergence of mental health problems. Data include: interview and observational data from parents and twin pairs (n = 2,232); teacher surveys; cognitive assessments; grades; and other key data. Families were recruited to represent the UK population with newborns in the 1990s, on the basis of residential location throughout England and Wales as well as mother’s age.

Through this proposal, SSRI looks to support Duke researchers’ use of the E-Risk data.  Each application will be reviewed by staff at SSRI as well as E-Risk researchers.

Terms of Support

  • Applicants must be affiliated with Duke as a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, researcher, staff, or faculty member.
  • Research should begin within three months of the award notification and extend no longer than one year.
  • Applicants will follow the application instructions provided below.
  • Recipients must submit a final report/working paper to SSRI and the research investigators within 3 months of the end date of the award.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit their proposals electronically to by April 4, 2016.  The proposal should be submitted as a single file and contain the following sections in the order listed below:

  • A cover letter that includes:
  1. The title of the proposed research project.
  2. The investigator(s) name(s) and department(s). Graduate students, please provide the name of the investigator sponsoring your proposed project.
  3. Contact information.
  • A brief narrative (no more than 2 pages in length) including the project’s purpose and significance to the field, the hypothesis, analyses to be performed, and references to be cited.
  • A project timeline that is consistent with the conditions outlined in the terms of support above. This timeline should list the milestones necessary to complete the study in the allotted time.
  • A C.V. for each investigator.
  • A budget for the project.

Please note that IRB review approval, final approval by E-Risk researchers, and formal signatures will be required before any funding may be disbursed.

References to E-Risk Study Publications

Fisher, H. L., Caspi, A., Moffitt, T. E., Wertz, J., Gray, R., Newbury, J., et al. (2015). Measuring adolescent’s exposure to victimization: The Environmental Risk (E-Risk) longitudinal twin study. Development and Psychopathology, 27 (4), 1399-1416.  doi: 10.1017/S0954579415000838

Goldman-Mellor, S., Caspi, A., Arseneault, L., Ajala, N., Ambler, A., Danese, A., et al. (2016). Committed to work but vulnerable: Self-perceptions and mental health in NEET 18-year olds from a contemporary British cohort. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57(2), 196-203. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12459

Odgers, C. L., Donley, S., Caspi, A., Bates, C. J., & Moffitt, T. E. (2015). Living alongside more affluent neighbors predicts greater involvement in antisocial behavior among low-income boys. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56 (10), 1055-1064. Doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12380

Odgers, C. L., Caspi, A., Bates, C. J., Sampson, R. J., & Moffitt, T. E. (2012). Systematic social observation of children’s neighborhoods using Google Street View: A reliable and cost-effective method. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53 (10), 1009-1017. Doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02565.x

Contact Information    

Lorrie Schmid, Data Research Scientist
Education and Human Development Incubator (EHDi)
(919) 681-7136