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Family Research Scholars (FRS) Program

Our Family Research Scholars Program seeks to mentor faculty through a year-long grant writing process and create lasting interdisciplinary family research connections. Apply here!

Since 2003, The Center for Research on Families has offered the groundbreaking Family Research Scholars Program, a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar that provides a carefully selected group of UMass Amherst faculty the opportunities for peer mentorship, and consultation with a national expert to prepare a large grant proposal in support of their research. Selected faculty are given a one-semester course buyout to provide the valuable time required for their grant development. Activities are designed to create collaborations with faculty from different disciplines at various stages in their research careers. Family Research Scholars participate in seminar activities that include:

  • presentations of the Scholars’ developing proposal with extensive feedback from Directors, CRF Methodologist and peers
  • concrete instruction on the details of successful proposal submission
  • connections to the resources of the University and other institutions
  • individualized methodology consultation and information about relevant funding agencies
  • funding to invite a national expert to campus to provide individual consul­tation on the Scholars' research topic 

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) contributes to innovative and evidence-based solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing families today through interdisciplinary research. Our Scholars look at the influence of biological, social, cultural, and environmental factors on families, and how they impact the health and well being of families. Our Family Research Scholars have been economists, engineers, biologists, political scientists, anthropologists, nutritionists, environment scientists, lawyers, sociologists, psychologists, nurses, researchers in public health, and more. CRF is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. To learn more about the program see our Family Research Scholar FAQs.