TRANSFORM- 2023 Summer Research Institute


TRANSFORM’s 2023 Summer Research Institute
Tuesday, August 1 to Friday, August 4
Rochester, NY

Location: University of Rochester River Campus


We are now accepting applications for the NICHD funded TRANSFORM 2023 Summer Research Institute (SRI) on Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, August 1-4, 2023. This four-day immersive program provides a supportive and creative space for junior faculty to nurture their community partnerships and prepare them as the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers. We seek teams who are passionate about preventing child abuse and neglect and engaging with their local, state and national partners.

The University of Minnesota partnered with Mt. Hope Family Center, the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence, and the Susan B. Anthony Center at the University of Rochester, will convene national and internationally recognized experts in the field of child maltreatment to help new investigators develop proposals for federal funding. We are planning an in-person event. Due to the intensive nature of the Institute with small work groups and individual mentorship, we will not use a hybrid model.

Applications are due April 21, 2023. We will provide acceptance letters beginning May 15, 2023 along with travel and lodging details. We will host the SRI scholars and community partners at the Courtyard Rochester Downtown on the historic East Avenue, within easy walking distance to restaurants, cultural activities, and music venues. The SRI daily programming will take place at the University of Rochester campus, located along the landmark Genesee River. The University of Rochester transforms ideas into enterprises that create value and make the world ever better.


An NICHD P50 (P50-HD096698) is funding the SRI with additional supports from the University of Minnesota and the University of Rochester. Applicants must be early career faculty or research leadership at a non-profit within 8 years of their first professional position upon completing a Ph.D., M.D., J.D., or Ed.D. in a related field (e.g. law, criminology, psychology, sociology, etc.) or within 3 years of completing post-doctorate/fellowship programs. If applying from a community-based organization, you must have an academic partner to provide a letter of collaboration. We welcome applicants from underrepresented scholars and partners. Applicants must apply together with a community partner (e.g., child welfare professionals, court-based providers), who can also commit to attending the in-person four-day Institute.

To tend to your personal and professional needs back home, we have built in later start times (9 a.m.) with periodic breaks throughout the day to check-in with families and home institutions. SRI faculty are comprised of transdisciplinary scientists who will discuss: developmental psychology frameworks regarding child abuse and neglect, community-based participatory research, acquiring and merging data sources, human subject requirements when recruiting vulnerable populations, scientific team leadership, grant management, and more. Our target scholars are new researchers interested in examining their approach to child abuse and neglect prevention within interdisciplinary contexts. SRI faculty represent a cross section of disciplines from the University of Minnesota and University of Rochester and will be announced in the coming weeks. We will invite additional speakers and mentors as resources for accepted applicants.

For the proposal, please limit the statement to three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins. The statement should include attention to specific aims, background, innovation, approach, and potential policy implications. Within the approach section, please identify your community partner, the length of the relationship, and how the community partner is involved in the creation, implementation, and analysis of the project. Additionally, please include a letter of support from someone in a leadership position who is familiar with your project.

Click here to submit your application.

Due to the intensity and team-science nature of the SRI, participation is limited to 6 scholars and 6 community partners. There is no tuition costs for either the scholars or their partners. Travel, meals and lodging costs, as well as training efforts are covered for both the scholar and their partners. Additional community partners may attend at their own expense for travel and lodging; meals will be provided. Preference will be given to academic-based applicants seeking to create partnerships to facilitate a societal impact on preventing and reducing child abuse and neglect.

Projects created during the SRI are eligible to submit for pilot grant funding post-SRI.

Key Dates

Application Deadline: April 21, 2023
Notifications of Acceptance Begins: May 15, 2023

Speakers to be announced soon!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I am only able to attend for some of the days?
We encourage all attendees to commit to attending the entire SRI for maximum benefit.

What costs/ expenses will I be responsible for?
We provide: travel stipends for airfare/train fare; lodging from 7/31-8/4, breakfast and lunch. We will host an opening and closing dinner. Attendees may choose where and with whom they eat for the other three-nights with options and recommendations provided each day. We will reimburse attendees for these meals. Attendees are responsible for any additional items purchased during the visit. Meals and travel are based on federal per diem rates at the time.

Will there be an option to attend virtually?
There will not be an option to attend virtually. The SRI is an opportunity to collaborate and work face-to-face with community partners and key stakeholders in the field of child welfare.

Will there be breaks throughout the day?
Yes. The days will run between 9am and 4pm EST. Throughout the day there will be time for breaks so that attendees can check in with their homebased-job and family.

Will there be access to WiFi?
Yes, both the hotel and event spaces have high-speed internet which will be made available to all attendees.

Will there be transportation available during the SRI?
Yes, travel to and from the airport will be provided. The hotel offers a shuttle which can bring attendees within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Downtown Rochester is also walking friendly.

What if I am nursing and need to pump?
The event space has private areas and access to a refrigerator.

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