UManage Center Pilot Research Grants 2018-19 – Request for Applications

The UManage Center for Building the Science of Symptom Self-Management is pleased to announce its Request for Applications for Pilot Project Grants for 2018-19.

The purpose of the UManage Center Pilot Research grant program is to provide funding for pilot research projects that address the self-management of sleep or fatigue using handheld or wearable sensors and/or other advanced technologies. Pilot projects support studies on the self-management of fatigue and sleep in persons of all age groups with chronic and acute disorders or multiple chronic conditions.

Grant applications that focus on any area of science related to the self-management of sleep and/or fatigue to improve human health are invited.  Two pilot awards will be made for 2018-19. Full details can be found here.

College of Nursing Associate Professor Receives Public Service Endowment Grant

Dr. Genevieve Chandler

College of Nursing associate professor Genevieve Chandler has received a University of Massachusetts Amherst Public Service Endowment Grant for a resilience project among young urban athletes at Springfield Central High School. These grants are designed to boost outreach, extend the campus resources into the surrounding community and enhance the public service mission of the university.

Dr Chandler’s goal is to work with the school to promote well-being among adolescents using the “Changing Minds, Changing Lives” program that has been successful among college-age young people. The core of this program is a five-week course that builds on student strengths and recognizes what they know through a group writing method that invites students to tell their own stories. She and school officials hope students gain a sense of strength and learned resilience, plus a foundation for healthy, informed decisions about behaviors, community engagement and future educational opportunities.

DNP Research Spotlight # 1: “Increasing Exercises for Patients with Diabetes Using a Mobile App”

Over the Summer months, this blog will be highlighting some of the recent research undertaken by graduates from our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program.

First up, we will look Jill Jolin’s work on using the MyFitnessPal mobile app to increase exercise amongst patients with diabetes.

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Travel Award to College of Nursing Assistant Professor

Dr. Rachel Walker

Congratulations to College of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Rachel Walker who has just been awarded a Jon Shevell Young Scientist Travel Scholarship from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

This will help Dr. Walker to attend the International Association for Geriatrics and Gerontology World Congress to be held in San Francisco in July ( There she will convene a symposium on “Developing Interventions of Aging Cancer Survivors.”

National Institutes of Health – All About Grants Podcast

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its Office of Extramural Research, has created a series of podcasts that look at the ins and outs of NIH funding. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, and research administrators, these podcasts provide information and insights on various grant topics. They can be accessed at

Topics include:

“Getting to Know NIH and the Grants Process”
“Preparing a Successful Grant Application”
“Advice for New and Early Career Scientists”
“Submitting Your Application”
“How NIH Grants Are Reviewed”
“Life as an NIH Grantee”