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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.

Student Grant Writing Program

Call for Proposals                Due: February 18, 2019

New Pilot - CRF Graduate Student Scholars Grant Writing Program

Intensive support to develop NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship applications

The Center for Research on Families has developed a pilot program to facilitate and support graduate students who are conducting family research in the development of successful graduate fellowship applications. Applicants must be in the first three years of a graduate PhD program; preference will be given to students earlier in their training. This pilot program is a 9-month program designed specifically for NSF and NIH pre-doctoral fellowship proposals. Selected scholars will receive mentoring and support throughout the grant development process, including: developing, refining and communicating your ideas, your approach, and your methodology. Scholars will meet bi-weekly from April to December with a timeline and objectives for each meeting and intensive writing over the summer.  Scholars will receive training on topics related to the grant writing process, ongoing feedback from faculty, mentors and peers as well as feedback from a pre-review panel. The program can help with formatting your proposal and assist with the submission process.  

Family Research Scholars Application

Family Research Scholars FAQApply below for the 2019-2020 Family Research Scholars Program

Application deadline: February 1, 2019


UMass Faculty from all ranks and all departments are eligible. Representation across disciplines is desired. Proposals will be rated based on the suitability and appropriate timing of the proposed project for external funding, relevance to issues affecting families, and intellectual merit and broader significance. Preference is given to investigators from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences or the College of Natural Sciences.

Agnès Lacreuse (FRS '13-'14) Featured in Article About Common Side Effects of Anti-Cancer Treatment

Results of a new study by neuroscientists Agnès Lacreuse, Luke Remage-Healey and their graduate students at UMass Amherst, collaborator Jessica Mong at the University of Maryland and first author Nicole Gervaisat suggest that a new treatment approach is needed – and how this may be possible – to address adverse effects of aromatase inhibitors, drugs commonly prescribed to both men and women to prevent recurrence of estrogen-positive breast cancer. Read more here.