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Community Research and Innovative Scholars (CRISP)

The Community Research Innovative Scholars Program (CRISP) is a unique component of the University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Community Engagement and Research Section. CRISP’s primary goal is to support the development of independent University of Massachusetts researchers who conduct community engaged research. Community engaged research involves collaboration with community partners along the translational research continuum. Engaging stakeholders outside of the academy to address complex and pressing societal issues is essential to the production of knowledge and advancement of translational science.

Scholars must commit a minimum of 20% FTE for a one year period, participate in a monthly mentoring group, complete a pilot project, as well as conduct scholarly activity to support and submit an external grant application. The University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Community Engagement and Research Section designed the program to promote collaboration across the UMass system, as well as provide incentives and create a strong mentoring environment for community-engaged early-career faculty.

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