Research Support

HFA Funding

Research Presentations

Research Presentation Fund Program

Application due date

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Maximum amount: $1,250 per faculty member per fiscal year to destinations in North America OR $1,500 per faculty member per fiscal year to international destinations other than Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Faculty members in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts present the results of their research, creative, and scholarly efforts at conferences, educational institutions, and professional meetings world-wide. To encourage and support this activity the College offers the Research Presentation Fund program.

Requests for amounts up to $1,250 or up to $1,500, as outlined above, will be considered. Funds awarded through this program may be applied to expenses associated with professional presentations such as registration fees, airfare, lodging, meals (per diem), etc. This money may be directed toward a single presentation or toward multiple presentations.

You are encouraged to submit your application six weeks in advance of the presentation date. Applications will be accepted up to one month after the presentation date.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from all full-time CHFA faculty members.

Application Process

Requests should be submitted well in advance, but must be received no later than one month after the presentation date.

If you are requesting funds for multiple presentations, you must submit a separate application for each.

Submit each of the items listed below to Lynne Latham via e-mail or campus mail (204 South College).

1. A completed application form.

To complete and save an electronic version of the pdf application, you will need to download the form using Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Pro, or an equivalent. Please note that you may need to click on the "open with different viewer" box that may appear in the upper right-hand corner of your screen to choose one of these options. Using Apple “Preview” or your internet browser to see the form may not allow you to fill in the blanks or to save your completed form. If you are having trouble, contact Lynne Latham (5-0378).

University per diem rates for travel in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are either $46 or $71/day. Authorized amounts for travel to other destinations are based on federal rates.

Please be aware that you may be required to complete a Pre-Travel Authorization form prior to your departure. This form, however, is NOT part of the Faculty Presentation Fund application. A signed Pre-Travel Authorization form should be submitted with your receipts when you request reimbursement.

Note that your signature and that of your department head or chair are both required, whether or not either contributes to the anticipated expenses. The pdf form will allow you to insert a digital signature if you have one or you may print the completed form and then sign it.

2. A single-page abstract of the paper, presentation, or performance you will give.

3. An event program or other publicity on which you have highlighted your name, presentation topic, and presentation date. While program publicity is preferable, a letter from the event sponsor indicating acceptance your paper or presentation and confirming your role in the program may be provided.

Submit your completed application to Lynne Latham via e-mail or campus mail (204 South College).

Questions? Contact Lynne Latham at llatham@hfa.umass.edu or 5-0378.

Summer Projects

Application due date: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Maximum amount: $4,000

Amounts of up to $4,000 may be requested for activities related to a research or creative project you will undertake and for which other funding opportunities do not exist. Project Funds cannot be used as compensation for faculty time and must be clearly connected to the advancement of a specific project. Faculty members who are awarded Project Funds will submit a one-page report summarizing their progress on or before June 30, 2015.

Eligibility

HFA's full-time faculty members at any rank may apply, although priority will be given to Assistant Professors who have not previously received Project Funds. Faculty members are not permitted to hold Project Fund and Enhanced Sabbatical Fund awards in the same fiscal year. Project Funds awarded in AY 2014 must be expended by the end of FY 2015 (June 30, 2015).

Application Process

Submit a completed Project Funds cover sheet and a proposal no more than two-pages long that includes:

  • a description of your project and its relationship to your larger research agenda/creative plan,
  • a detailed budget describing how the funds are to be spent,
  • other sources of funding you have received for this project and those for which you have already or will apply, and
  • a narrative explaining how the funding requested moves your project forward.

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals will be reviewed by the HFA Research Council according to the following ranked criteria and awarded on a competitive basis:

  1. how clearly the funding requested is connected to a specific project,
  2. the importance of that project to your larger research agenda/creative plan, and
  3. the likelihood that funding will contribute to the completion of your project.

Enhanced Sabbatical

Application due date: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:00 noon for sabbaticals scheduled during FY 2015

Maximum amount: $5,000

Sabbaticals provide the most concentrated research time available to faculty. Demands on one's time, however, frequently make it difficult to begin or plan a creative or research project prior to the sabbatical.  They can also affect one's ability to maintain sabbatical momentum with resumption of a full academic schedule. The Enhanced Sabbatical program is designed to address these problems by providing support for pre- and post-sabbatical work on a given project. Enhanced Sabbatical funding applications should address the time before and after the sabbatical, not just the sabbatical period.

The goal of the enhanced sabbatical program is to ensure that the sabbatical opportunity leads to a project's completion within a reasonable amount of time. As such, an applicant may request funding to be expended during any of a sabbatical's three stages (pre-sabbatical, sabbatical, and post-sabbatical), but applications should emphasize how projects will continue forward once teaching and service loads are resumed. Whether or not applicants request funds for all three stages, they must address post-sabbatical plans in their application. In other words, the applicant should describe the writing support, collaboration, etc. that will produce a finished research or creative project.

Pre- and post-sabbatical plans might include travel (e.g., to a specific research site or archive) mentoring or research groups (e.g., setting up or participating in research networks on and off campus, the creation of a writing group); productions and performances (e.g., development funds for a performance or an exhibition; choreography costs), matching funds (e.g., for a grant, artists’ colony residency), and so on. This list is not exhaustive but illustrates the types of funding that may be requested in connection with a sabbatical project. Enhanced sabbatical funds cannot be used as compensation for faculty time or for a course buy-out or release. Requests can be made for up to $5,000.  Faculty members who plan a spring or full year sabbatical should  note that all funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year in which the sabbatical occurs.

Faculty members who are awarded Enhanced Sabbatical Funds will submit a one-page report summarizing their progress on or before June 30, 2015.

Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from faculty members at all ranks who have applied for a sabbatical leave in the 2014-2015 academic year. Assistant Professors being considered for promotion to Associate Professor are encouraged to apply. he award of funds will, however, be weighted in favor of those recently promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Awards will be finalized when recipients have approval for their sabbatical leave. Disbursement of funds to Assistant Professors will also be contingent upon the award of tenure and promotion by the Board of Trustees at its June meeting.

Faculty members are not permitted to expend Enhanced Sabbatical Funds and Project Funds in the same fiscal year.

Application Process

Submit a completed Enhanced Sabbatical cover sheet with a 2–3 page narrative that describes:

  • your overall sabbatical plan including the steps you’ve taken to prepare for a sabbatical,
  • your activities and goals during the sabbatical leave and how you plan to complete any unfinishedwork afterward,
  • the role and significance of the project to your discipline,
  • how the funds requested will be used with a detailed budget for the funds expenditure,
  • other sources of funding you have received for this project and those for which you have already or will apply; and
  • a clear time-line covering the pre-sabbatical semester through the post-sabbatical year.

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following ranked criteria and awarded on a competitive basis:

  • how clearly the funding is connected to a specific project that will enhance the faculty member’s research profile;
  • the quality of the project relative to the discipline's standards outlined in the application; and
  • the likelihood that funding will help move a project toward completion.

Please send your cover sheet and application to Lynne Latham (5-0378) via e-mail or campus mail (204 South College).

Symposiums & Workshops

Application due date: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 12:00 noon

Maximum amount: $4,000

Symposium and Workshop Grants offer funding for small-scale events to be held at UMass Amherst during the 2014-15 academic year. To be eligible to apply for an HFA Symposium/Workshop Grant, applicants are required to secure funding from other sources. Grants of up to $4,000 will be made based on a 1 to 2 match, that is to say, a proposal that has a commitment in hand or has otherwise secured $2,000 in funding, would be eligible for up to $4,000 in support from HFA.

Applications must include:

  • A completed cover sheet.
  • A description of the event for which support is requested (no more than 2 pages) that includes the format, participants, estimated number of attendees, import or benefit to faculty/department/college, proposed date(s), etc.
  • An explanation of the conference or workshop’s role in the applicant’s professional development and how it fits into the department’s overall research strengths.
  • Supporting documents such as flyers, programs, the vitae of participating speakers, and any other appropriate materials.
  • An event budget listing expenses, and the sources and amounts of other support.
  • A statement of commitment from the source(s) of additional funding or a copy of an award letter indicating the amount of support to be provided and any limitations on how it may be used.

Eligibility

All full-time faculty members are eligible to apply.

Criteria for Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following ranked criteria and awarded on a competitive basis:

  • the importance of the symposium/workshop to the applicant’s larger research agenda/creative plan and to the department’s research strengths;
  • the likelihood that the substance of the symposium/workshop will engage the department, its students, and others in the field;
  • the likelihood that the symposium/workshop will take place as planned in AY 15.

Your cover sheet and application should be submitted to Lynne Latham (5-0378) via e-mail or campus mail (204 South College).

R.I.S.

Application due date:

September 26, 2014 (Assistant Professor application to department head/chair)

October 3, 2014 (application, cover sheet, and department head/chair letter of support)

2015-16 Tenure-Track Faculty RIS Application

The Provost and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts are pleased to support the Research Intensive Semester (RIS) Program for junior faculty that was developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Society of Professors. Through this program, HFA departments are able to offer eligible junior faculty one "research-intensive semester" before their tenure decision to foster progress on those projects critical to the tenure review process. In this context, we use the word "research" to include a broad range of creative and scholarly work.

During a Research-Intensive Semester junior faculty members are released from their teaching duties; this is not a leave or a sabbatical. While participating in an RIS, faculty members will ordinarily remain in residence and be available for advising and service responsibilities, such as hiring or other committees. There may be exceptional circumstances when the goals of the RIS can best be met if part or all of the time is spent off-campus or if the research-intensive focus were distributed across two semesters. Such arrangements may only be made with an explicit agreement among the dean, the department chair, and the faculty member. Furthermore, the RIS Program is designed to support HFA tenure-track faculty members who have carried a normal teaching load and who have not otherwise received an analogous opportunity to focus on research. Assistant professors who have had a research fellowship while at UMass Amherst will not generally be eligible.

While the main purpose of this program is to allow HFA junior faculty to concentrate more intently on their research and creative activity, a secondary purpose is to encourage development of their talents as a whole. RIS applications must show, therefore, that the applicant has taken some initiative to prepare and submit a grant application.

Additionally, RIS applicants are required to use the services to evaluate and improve teaching skills offered by the Center for Teaching. For more information, talk to your department head or chair or contact the Associate Dean's office (5-0378).

University/External Funding

Grants for Research

If you are looking for general information on internal funding, start at the University's Office of Research and Engagement. The list below focuses on internal opportunities that may be of particular interest and use to faculty in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Faculty Research Grant/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG/HEG)
2014 deadline: March 7, 2014

Public Service Endowment Grant
Deadline for 2014 has not been set.

Book Publication Subvention Program Deadline for 2014 has passed.

Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards
Nomination Deadline for 2014 has passed.

Grants for Teaching

A range of grant opportunities to improve teaching are available through the University's Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. These grants are awarded to individual faculty members as well as groups to support professional development, provide mentoring, enhance the use of technology in teaching, and strengthen writing skills.

Office of Research & Engagement

The Office of Research and Engagement provides leadership and services that support the growth of research and scholarship across the campus, to facilitate funding and engagement with external partners, to promote innovation and societal impact, and to ensure compliance with all research related regulations and policies.

Classified and Professional Staff Development Awards Program

PURPOSE: The College of Humanities and Fine Arts recognizes that classified and professional staff members often come across opportunities to improve their skills and knowledge in conjunction with their work-related responsibilities. The Classified and Professional Staff Development Awards program will now provide staff with an opportunity to apply for funding support to take advantage of an array of possible courses and educational training programs some of which often occur in off-campus settings.

ELIGIBILITY: All College of Humanities and Fine Arts classified and professional staff members are eligible for this program.

TYPES OF PROGRAMS: The College is seeking to support specific courses and training programs that would directly relate to one's responsibilities in the departmental or administrative workplace. These may include individual courses of a duration of up to a semester, or training programs, seminars, or courses that are designed for single day presentation; in short, any professional educational experience that brings added value and benefit to one’s duties and responsibilities here in the College. Courses or training sessions that might be held for groups of three or more individuals, particularly if they could be presented here on campus, would also be encouraged. Additionally, courses that one is taking toward the completion of a degree program are eligible only on a case by case basis; the primary consideration being the course’s application to one’s responsibilities in the department or College.

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR FUNDS: Note—the maximum amount available per year is $500. Please fill out the form available here. Make sure that your application includes documentation for the program you wish to attend. Provide a simple break down of costs (registration fees, if any, travel, program fee, food, etc.) and attach it to your completed application and send it to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts in South College, c/o Kathy Randall. Your application will be reviewed and sent to the Dean for final approval. You will then be notified by mail and, if approved, funds will be transferred to an account in your department to cover your expenses.