Faculty Scholar Award Testimonials and FAQs


“As a mother of four school-aged children, the faculty scholar award has enhanced my path to independent research in the area of neurodegenerative diseases, yielding a significant positive impact on my career trajectory.” Jill Zitzewitz, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

“The FSA gave me the gift of time in a time of need! At a transitional time in both my professional and family life, it has prevented academic progress from stalling." Seema Adhami, MD, MRCP (UK), Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology Division

“The FSA provided a launching pad for my transition to independent research at a time when I was very busy a full-time clinical position and family responsibilities.” Nancy Byatt, DO, MBA, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology

“The FSA allowed me to hire a clinical research technician which further allowed for a domino delegation that facilitated continued growth of a fledgling research division under my directorship and my own research initiatives, despite growing and nurturing my family." Tiffany Moore Simas, MD, MPH, MEd, FACOG, Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics

"The FSA allowed me to keep the momentum in my research in spite of a funding hiatus." Merav Socolovsky, MB, BS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology and Pediatrics

"A one-year bridge to protect my time to conduct research (and decrease clinical responsibilites) while I was at a critical junction of data completion, manuscript publication, and K23 grant submission/resubmission." Kristina Deligiannidis, MD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics

"Thank God for the FSA: it felt like I was given a huge opportunity and a rear engine to continue my research during my postpartum transition when I was so busy with a newborn and young toddler." Susanne Muehlschlegel, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Neurocritical Care Division


Who Could Apply? (Examples) Dr. Miller is a neuropsychologist conducting research on sleep. Due to a change in her partner's work schedule, she now has sole responsibility for dropping off her children at school each morning at 8:30 a.m. that prevents her from arriving at work before 9:00 am. Her protocol requires her to administer psychological tests to her subjects between the hours of 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. She proposes to use her Award to pay for the services of an experienced clinical psychologist to administer the tests in her place.

Dr. Jones is a clinician-researcher who has collected data that document a dramatic improvement in the quality of life for patients with type II diabetes. His partner is recovering from a near-fatal automobile accident and requires assistance in dressing and getting to and from rehab three days a week. The Award will “buy out” 10% of his clinical effort to allow him academic time during the regular work week to analyze the data and write the paper for submission and publication.

I am not located on the University or Memorial Campus. Am I still eligible to apply? Yes, provided you meet all eligibility requirements.

Do applications need to go through PeopleSoft, Cayuse or grants.gov? No, email completed applications in pdf format directly to kathleen.rancourt@umassmed.edu.

Can I submit my application electronically?Yes, electronic submission is required.

Can you provide more examples of how the funding may be used?Funding may be applied to hiring a research assistant, salary support to buy out clinical time, contributing to malpractice insurance coverage for a covering physician, paying a scientific editor or grant writer, among other things.

Can I use the funding to pay for personal expenses, such as childcare?No, the funding is an investment in the research and scholarship of the applicant and can only be used for professional expenses that would be allowed by an external funding agency such as NIH.

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