Family Research Scholars FAQ's

What does the Faculty Research Scholars Program provide?

The Family Research Scholars Program provides a course release, mentoring and other support to produce and submit a major grant proposal for family research in collaboration with the Center. In a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar led by CRF, the seminar supports Scholars in conceptualizing, writing, and submitting their planned grant proposals through several methods:
·      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; and
·      Intensive consultation from off-campus experts in the Scholars’ targeted areas of family research.

How many faculty are chosen?
Up to six UMass or Five College faculty are selected annually.

How do I apply, when is the application due and when will I hear?
To learn the details of the application, click “application” button on the the right.  Completed applications are due in mid January each year, and award decisions are announced early February.  This provides ample time to notify your department and to confirm the course release for the following year.   

Is the program more suitable for an early investigator?
Faculty from all ranks (assistant, associate, full professors) and all departments are eligible to apply and have found the program beneficial. Only tenure track faculty are eligible to apply.

Are certain colleges given preferences?
Yes, faculty from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) and the College of Natural Sciences(CNS) are given preference, as those colleges support the center. However, other applicants will be considered; both your chair and dean will need to sign an agreement specific to the terms agreed upon with your particular college. Representation across disciplines is desired.

Is my research project considered Family Research?
Family research is broadly defined as research on issues affecting families and thus encompasses all disciplines. When you apply, be sure to explicitly present how you view your research as family-related. You may review Family Research Scholars’ projects on the Past Scholars page to review the side range of issues being addressed. CRF directors are happy to discuss this with you as you prepare an application.

My project is currently in the early conceptualization stage and there are no preliminary findings or articles in progress.  What is your recommendation about whether I should apply this year?
The FRS program is most appropriate for faculty who are ready to begin writing a major grant proposal when they start the program in September. It is preferable that preliminary findings and articles have been written, and that now you are prepared to secure funding for this research.