Center for Research on Families: 2018-19 Family Research Scholar Applications

Apply now to be a 2018-19 Family Research Scholar with the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families.

Deadline: January 29, 2017

Family Research Scholars receive a course release to participate in a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar that includes:

  • Ongoing presentations and discussions of the Scholars’ developing proposals
  • Concrete instruction on the details of successful proposal submission and the resources of the University that support proposal submission
  • Individualized consultation from a methodologist specializing in statistical analyses of complex multi-level datasets, as well as information on relevant funding agencies
  • Funding to enable scholars to bring national experts to campus for individual consultation and to present a public research talk as part of the Tay Gavin Erickson lecture series.

To apply, click here.

For more information, contact: Gisele Litalien, CRF Associate Director, at or (413) 545-2335.

NIH/NINR: Call for Grant Proposals Relating to mHealth

NIH and NINR have recently released calls for both R01 Research Project Grants and R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grants for “mHealth Tools for Individuals with Chronic Conditions to Promote Effective Patient-Provider Communication, Adherence to Treatment and Self-Management.”

The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate research utilizing Mobile Health (mHealth) tools aimed at the improvement of effective patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment and self-management of chronic diseases. With the rapid expansion of cellular networks and substantial advancements in Smartphone technologies, it is now possible – and affordable – to transmit patient data digitally from remote areas to specialists in urban areas, receive real-time feedback, and capture that consultation in a database. These mHealth tools, therefore, may facilitate more timely and effective patient-provider communication through education communication around goal setting, treatment reminders, feedback on patient progress, and may improve health outcomes. This announcement encourages the development and testing of interventions utilizing mHealth technologies. There is also an interest in studying mHealth technologies in underserved populations.

Details can be found found through the following links:

R01 call

R21 call

Webinar Presentation: Understanding Racial Health Disparities in Rural America

Join researchers from the CMS Office of Minority Health and CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity on Monday, December 18 at 2:00 pm ET for a webinar aimed at providing an overview of racial and ethnic health disparities in rural communities as examined in the latest report from the MMWR Rural Health Series.

The presentation will also provide resources to help improve the quality of care provided to all individuals, reduce disparities, and achieve health equity.

You can register for this free presentation here. A recording will be available on our website after the live event.

Request for Proposals: Institute of Diversity Sciences Seed Grants

The Institute of Diversity Sciences has announced a new faculty research funding opportunity. The institute will distribute up to $40,000 in seed project funds to teams who apply through a formal RFP mechanism. Funds will go toward supporting new collaborative projects between colleagues from different departments at UMass. Ideal projects will focus on research, involve graduate or undergraduate students in that research (i.e., include an educational component), and have an eye toward social impact.

Description: Grants will range from $5,000 to $12,000. Funds may be used to pay for personnel, equipment, supplies, data collection costs, consultants, compensation of community partners, etc.

The submission deadline is February 1, 2018, 11:59pm ET.

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