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CRF supports interdisciplinary, scientific collaborations aimed at understanding the diversity, health and well-being of families while discovering solutions to the challenges family face.

Request for Proposals: Developmental Science Initiative Seed Grants

Applications due on June 30, 2017.
Read more below for application guidelines and submission form.


The Developmental Science Initiative (DSI) and the Center for Research on Families (CRF) are pleased to announce a new faculty research funding opportunity. DSI will distribute up to $50,000 in seed project funds to teams who apply through a formal RFP mechanism that will be run in collaboration with the Center for Research on Families (CRF). The funds will go toward supporting research projects that support new collaborative projects within and between divisions of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) and/or with colleagues outside of PBS in other colleges and schools or within the Five College Network. The goal is to support collaborations that will move toward applying for an external grant.

Description: DSI will fund grants between $2,000 and $12,000. The funds can be used toward personnel, equipment, supplies, and data collection costs.

Eligibility:  Priority will be given to team proposals that include:

CRF Director Maureen Perry-Jenkins Receives UMass Life Science Moment Fund Award

Maureen Perry-Jenkins

Maureen Perry-Jenkins, CRF Faculty Director and UMass Amherst and Nancy Byatt, DO, MS, MBA, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, UMass Medical School have been awarded the UMass Life Science Moment Fund Award. Perry-Jenkins and Byatt will partner with Square One and the Children’s Trust, who lead parent education programs in the state for low-income parents.

Harper (FRS '08-'09), Urla Lead Delegation at International Social Science Workshop in France

Professors Krista Harper and Jacqueline Urla

Krista Harper (2008-09 Family Research Scholar) anthropology and School of Public Policy, and Jacqueline Urla, anthropology, with graduate students Alina Ryabovolova, communication, Dana Conzo and Brittni Howard, both anthropology, took part in an international graduate student workshop on “Grassroots: Economies, Politics, and Culture” May 28-30 at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Centre Norbert Élias in Marseille, France.