Program for New Principal Investigators

“I am a PI! Now What?” is a program to assist new Principal Investigators of major grants at UMass Amherst. Building on the success of the Family Research Scholars program, a new, informative seminar series and comprehensive on line resources are now available to faculty who have received a major grant award.

The program is intended to assist faculty PIs in managing the sometimes challenging tasks of getting all the administrative work completed on a grant while staying focused on the really important piece...the research! It covers topics such as overall PI responsibilities, time management, working with subcontractors, hiring and supervising staff, monitoring budgets, and reporting strategies.  The program was developed by senior (grant-funded) faculty who has ‘been there’ and can provide strategies and information based on their experience.


This fresh approach to post award support for faculty was an early collaboration between the Center for Research on Families and the Office of Research Development. Over the past two years this workshop (for faculty and prepared by faculty) appealed to attendees representing areas of UMass such as Public Health, Communication Disorders, Anthropology, Economics, Music and Dance, Biology and Psychology to name just a few.

Workshop Handouts (Click to dowload)

Handout 1 (doc)


"Post-Award Budget Workshop"

The Office of Research Development and the Center for Research on Families continued its commitment to new Principal Investigators by offering another installment that dealt with one of the more challenging issues faculty members face - handling the money! 

Faculty have an opportunity to learn how their budgets work including spending activity and payroll information. All of which can be accessed through a “PI Dashboard” available by logging on to SUMMIT, a Umass web-based tool that delivers financial data quickly.  For more information contact Joe at or go to: http://www.umass.edu/af/systems/

Workshop Handouts (Click to dowload)

Handout 1 (doc)
Handout 2 (pdf)


" Leadership and Building a Research Team Workshop"

Building a team means hiring - and hiring means - “paperwork” and “procedures”. Whether hiring an hourly Lab Manager or a professional Project Manager, there are steps all PIs need to take.  This workshop offers some time-saving tips and clarification including sample applicant interview questions and advice on how to be a leader who is project driven and motivating at the same time. 

Workshop Handouts (Click to dowload)

Handout 1 (pdf) - presentation outline
Handout 2 (doc) - interview questions
Handout 3 (doc) - policy for post docs


To receive announcements about our PI workshops and trainings please join our mailing list (see right hand corner) & select the New PI List Serv.

For more information please contact:

Wendy Varner - wendy@sbs.umass.edu