NDIRA Membership

NDIRA is a Life Course Center initiative aiming to build and support an interdisciplinary and diverse community of scientists leveraging powerful data resources in innovative ways to understand life course and health outcomes at older ages, as well as the demography and economics of aging. Membership provides opportunities for communication and collaboration within the NDIRA community, hands-on training in data management and analysis, and support for sharing research.


Benefits of Membership

NDIRA members are eligible for several benefits designed to facilitate their use of novel data sources in understanding health and aging. Benefits include:

  • Early notice about freely available training opportunities

  • Eligibility for grants to attend in-person data training workshops hosted by NDIRA at our headquarters and at academic conferences

  • Opportunities to connect with data experts with questions and suggestions

  • Connect with other NDIRA members at online and in-person events, including informal gatherings at academic conferences and other meetings

  • Participate in the NDIRA annual research conference that will promote discussion of ongoing projects and collaborations across the NDIRA network (the first annual research conference will be held virtually in July/August 2021)

  • Eligibility for the Life Course Center’s Pilot Grant Program that provides funding for interdisciplinary collaborations that encourage innovative research on the demography and economics of aging

Who should sign up?

NDIRA seeks to bring together established and early-stage scholars of aging and the later life course as well as scholars new to the field. We welcome researchers from a variety of backgrounds and at different career stages, including: 

  • Established scholars of aging or life course processes interested in using IPUMS for their ongoing research agenda

  • IPUMS data users considering expanding their research agenda to include aging and/or disparities in the later life course

  • Scholars from historically excluded or underrepresented groups in academia (read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion)

  • Early career scholars

  • Scholars outside of high resource institutions