Family Research Scholars Awarded $2.5 million from NIH and NSF
The National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health have awarded six faculty affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) Scholars Program more than $2.5 million in research support.
Psychology professors Paula Pietromonaco and Sally Powers received a five-year, $2.29 million grant for their study of “Biopsychosocial Factors in Depression and Marriage: Implications for Cancer” from the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health. Read more...
Professors Michelle Budig and Joya Misra of the Sociology Department received a one-year, $70,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their study on “Estimating the Cross-National Effects of Family Policies on the Wage Penalty for Motherhood Using Multilevel Models.”
NSF also granted a two-year, $170,000 award to Professor Jennifer Hickes Lundquist of the Sociology Department in support of her project: “Do Race Disparities in Infant Health Persist in a Setting of Reduced Racial Inequality? Infant Outcomes in the Military.”
An $87,000 award for Professor Jennifer Foster (formerly in the Nursing Department at UMass Amherst, now at Emory University) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development will support her project “Community Based Participatory Research with Community Workers and Health Providers in the Dominican Republic: Investigating Maternal-Newborn Delays in Care.”
In addition, political scientist Brenda Bushouse received an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy earlier this year to study early childhood policies in New Zealand, and sociologist Michelle Budig’s Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is supporting 10 months of research at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany.
All of these individuals participated in CRF's Family Research Scholars Program, which provides support for select faculty members to produce and submit major grant proposals on family research. Family Research Scholars also participate in a yearlong interdisciplinary faculty seminar that addresses the details of conceptualizing, writing and submitting such substantive grant proposals. In addition, CRF’s methodological support and meetings with relevant funding agencies and off-campus experts in the scholars’ targeted areas of family research provide scholars with individualized consultation. In the past five years, the 26 faculty who participated have received 21 research awards (34% of submitted applications) amounting to over $4 million.
CRF actively supports and disseminates social and behavioral sciences research on issues relevant to families. For more information about the Center for Research on Families, visit www.umass.edu/family or contact Director Sally Powers at 413.545.3307.
March 24, 2008