Research Council

The UMass Amherst Research Council is a committee appointed by the Faculty Senate that meets regularly each semester on matters pertaining to the University's research enterprise. The Research Council is charged with:

  • Advancing the research mission of the University;
  • Advising the administration on policy issues and major changes regarding Research Trust Fund (RTF) expenditures and review annually the RTF of the prior fiscal year;
  • Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the awarding of research and scholarship oriented grants and awards such as Faculty Research Grants (FRGs), Healey Endowment Grants, Faculty Fellowships, and Conti Faculty Fellowships; and
  • Making recommendations to the Faculty Senate relating to the approval of new research centers and institutes.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.Aristotle