CRISP 2018 Request for Application

Community Research Scholars Program (CRISP) 2018 Request for Funding Application


Community Research Innovative Scholars Program (CRISP) 2018

Applications due November 3, 2017 


The Goal of the CRISP

The Community Research and Innovative Scholars Program (CRISP) is a twelve-month group-based mentoring program (formal curriculum: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018; followed by additional mentorship until March 31, 2019) which supports the development of junior UMass researchers who have established community partnerships and who are interested in pursuing extramural funded grants. Community engaged research involves collaborative research with community partners along the translational research continuum.


Scholars must commit a minimum of 20% FTE for a one-year period. Accepted scholars must also demonstrate that this effort will be covered by the Department/Division during the entirety of their time in the program.

Participation involves:

  • Participation in a monthly mentoring group, typically at the Worcester campus.
  • Completing a pilot project as well as carrying out additional scholarly activity to   support an external grant application.
  • Completing and submitting an external grant application.
  • Completing and submitting an external grant application.
  • Scholar’s home campus will match awarded funds.

Pilot Project Funding

CRISP scholars may receive up to $10,000 funding from CRISP and matching funds from their home campus to conduct pilot research to inform a future grant proposal.  The amount of funding received from CRISP is contingent upon the availability of grant funds.


Faculty from the UMass campuses can apply provided they meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academically or professionally salaried
  • PhD, MD or equivalent advanced degree
  • Have not previously received NIH or equivalent grant funding
  • Minimum ½ time benefited employee
  • Have an established community partner

Evaluation Criteria

  • A review committee of faculty from UMass campuses will evaluate applicants based on:
  • The quality of the candidate’s academic achievements and the potential for future productivity.
  • The candidate’s established commitment to conducting community engaged research with a community partner.
  • The potential of the candidate’s research area/project leading to future external funding
  • Commitment of support by Department Chair or Division Chief as demonstrated by protected time, space and resource.
  • The strength of the letters of support from mentor and community partner.

Application Components

Submit the following application components, except for letters of support, in one pdf document.

  • Cover page: including: Title of project, Applicant’s name and credentials, Campus, Department, Faculty rank, Office address and telephone, Email address, List of letter of support writers (including relationship to the applicant.
  • Current CV
  • Research Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Include a description of your research including: Specific Aims, Significance, Methods and Approach.
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Include a one-page overview of general research and future research plans for an external grant application and how CRISP can help you achieve this goal. 
  • Community Partnership Description (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Include a half page describing your community partnership
  • Letters of support:
    • Include a letter of support from your Chair/Chief that includes a statement of your department or division’s commitment to you, how the 20% FTE protected time for a one-year period will be accomplished to participate in the CRISP, space and resources. The letter must also state that the Chair/Chief has read your proposal.
    • Include a letter of support from your Research Mentor which describes his/her commitment to the mentorship relationship and what type of role s/he will play during your involvement in this program.  Suggestions for the role a research mentor could provide can be found by clicking this NIH link.
    • Include a letter of support from your Community Partner describing the work that you have done together and their commitment towards being a future long term community research partner.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee with representation from UMass campuses.

Please submit all application components to by November 3,  2017.

The CRISP is funded by the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science
(NIH Grant #UL1TR001453-03) with support from UMass campuses.