UMass Amherst Public Service Endowment Grant

Deadline: April 17, 2018
Budget: Up to $15,000
Eligibility: All full-time faculty and staff
Notification of award: Week of May 28, 2018

The Public Service Endowment Grants (PSEG) are intended to enhance the mission of UMass Amherst as a Carnegie-classified “Engaged Research University.”  It is an internal University source of funds set aside to deliver public services through research and special projects. For the purposes of this program, public service will be defined as “having to do with the outreach of the University to society at large, extending the research and engagement resources of the campus to individuals and groups who are not part of the academic community while bringing an academic institution’s special competence to bear on the solution of society’s problems.  It can take place on or off campus and can be related to either the governmental or private sectors of our national life. The emphasis on public service is in converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications.

Proposals should focus on collaborative partnerships and interactions with the off-campus community (or communities) and related scholarship for the mutual benefit, exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge and resources. Projects that will lead to competitive proposals for extramural support will be given the highest priority. The use of this non-renewable “seed” money award should leverage campus and community resources to solve a problem or build capacity at the university and/or in the community. Projects should create opportunity for sustained engagement after PSEG funding is expended.

You can view more information, including the Request for Proposals, here.

Apply Now to the 2018 Health Disparities Research Institute

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from July 23-27, 2018. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health and health disparities research scientists early in their careers, stimulating research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.

The program will feature lectures, mock grant review, seminars, small group discussions on research relevant to minority health and health disparities. It will also include sessions with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various institutes and centers.


This program is intended for early stage research investigators. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or individuals in similar early stage research career positions who are engaged in minority health and health disparities research. Early career researchers from diverse backgrounds interested in the conduct of health research, within academic, community-based, non-profit, and other non-academic settings, are encouraged to apply.


The online application is now open on the NIMHD website:

The due date for submitting an application is April 27th, 2018, (5:00 PM EST).

Dr. Portia Singh: “From Academia, to Government, to Industry: Aging Research across Sectors”

Presenter: Dr. Portia Singh
Title: “From Academia, to Government, to Industry: Aging Research across Sectors”
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: LSL S330 (via Zoom)

The UManage Center for the Science of Symptom Self- Management pre sents the above talk by Dr. Portia Singh, Senior Research Scientist at Philips Research North America. Dr. Singh will share her experiences using technology in the aging domain in three different sectors -academia, government, and industry.She will then focus in on industry researchand the work being done by her team on the topic of understanding technology needs for informal caregiversproviding assistance to chronically ill or frail elder loved ones.

Dr. Singh holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from Grambling State University. Prior to joining Philips, she served as a Hardy-Apfel IT Fellow with the Social Security Administration under President Obama’s Administration.   She is an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers National and local chapters, contributing to the Society’s mission to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

The talk will be conducted via Zoom.

Launch Event: Center for Community Health Equity Research

Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: 10th Floor, Amherst Room, Campus Center

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is excited to announce the launch of the Center for Community Health Equity Research. This promotes multidisciplinary research investigating the social production of health disparities and the relationships among individual, social, and environmental structures that impact quality of life and population health. It seeks to address the gap between academic research and practice by leveraging rigorous studies to drive public health policies. The Center will build collective resilience by forging partnerships both locally and globally through participatory research with clinical and community-based organizations.

The keynote address will be give by Dr. David Williams, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who will present his research on “Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health: Present realities and future directions.”

The talk will be followed by brief remarks from a panel of faculty in Health Promotion and Policy and Political Science.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please register for this event here.

Workshop: Strengthening Your NSF Proposal with Effective Broader Impacts

Strengthening Your NSF Proposal with Effective Broader Impacts: A Campus-Wide Workshop for Faculty
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Life Sciences Laboratories South 330-340

A strong statement of the broader impacts (BI) of your research in an NSF proposal can elevate your proposal above the competition, as well as help you communicate the importance of your science to any audience. Well-executed BI activities can also help you realize greater influence with your research. This workshop will help you develop ideas for BI projects and evaluation, and identify partners.

You can find more information and register here.

Save the Date: Conducting Rigorous Mixed Methods Research

Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Yale School of Nursing
400 West Campus Drive
Orange, CT

Sponsored by Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Public Health and the
Center for International Research on AIDS


Michael Fetters, Family Medicine Researcher & Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Mixed Methods Program

Vicki Plano Clark, Professor, School of Education, University of Cincinnati


Leslie Curry, Senior Research Scientist & Lecturer, Yale School of Public Health

Northeast Regional Telehealth Conference

The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center is hosting its fourth annual Regional Telehealth Conference in Portland, ME on June 5-6.

Join colleagues from across the eight-state NETRC region (New England, New Jersey, and New York) and beyond to share best practices, discover innovation, and create new opportunities. Will 2018 be the inflection point we’ve been working towards? Don’t miss this year’s discussion as we look to optimize value, enhance engagement, and revolutionize health care access.

For more details visit or contact Diane Campbell at

4th Annual Healthy Aging – Living Well Forum

Friday, April 6, 2018, 9am – 1:30pm
UMass Lowell North Campus
Saab Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center
40 University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854

The Center for Gerontology Research & Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Lowell presents the 4th Annual Healthy Aging – Living Well Forum, featuring keynote speaker Michael E. Festa, Esq., director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Massachusetts. He will discuss “The CARE Act: It’s the Law,” which was adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in November 2017. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act supports family caregivers and their loved ones being treated in hospitals as they transition to home.

Please RSVP to More information can be found here.




Public Service Endowment Grant 2018 competition

The UMass Amherst Public Service Endowment Grant 2018 competition is now open, with a submission deadline of April 17, 2018.  These are internal grants of up to $15,000 for special projects that will increase the capacity of the campus for mutually beneficial engaged scholarship and outreach. Please note that applications are accepted from all sectors of the campus community, and all full-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply.

The program website provides the request for proposals, submission instructions and forms, and examples of past projects.

Project Star Bright

Military Family Group
Mondays starting April 9th and ending May 28th, 2018
11:30am to 1pm
CSO Offices at 491 Main St. in Athol

The experiences of the active duty or veteran military member can have an effect on the entire family. Children can have an especially challenging time managing the changes in their lives. Project STAR BRIGHT provides counseling and parent support groups designed specifically for active or veteran military members, their spouses and their children.

This group will focus on providing support to caregivers of children who have been affected by stress, loss, or grief related to their families military status. Caregivers will receive support and skills to respond to their children’s emotional, behavioral, and social needs. The group is led by Clinical & Support Options staff with military backgrounds. Any caregiver of a child with an active duty or veteran family member is eligible. All services are completely FREE and light snacks will be served.

To register for this group, please contact Agnes Browne, PsyD.
413-582-0471 ext. 5087 or