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ISSR is seeking a Project Assistant for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, advancing ISSR's support for UMass faculty in developing grants for social science research. The UMass Institute for Social Science Research supports social science methodology, public engagement, and interdisciplinary research. Another core piece of its mission is aimed at helping faculty members find funding opportunities, and supporting grant proposal development.  The PA will work under the supervision of Joya Misra.

The UMass Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations announces a limited submission opportunity for the Andrew W. Mellon New Directions Fellowships. This Fellowship assists exceptional faculty members in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who seek to acquire systematic training outside their own areas of special interest.  The program is intended to enable scholars in the humanities to work on problems that interest them most, at an appropriately advanced level of sophistication.  In addition to facilitating the work of individual faculty members, these awards should benefit scholarship in the humanities more generally by encouraging the highest standards in cross-disciplinary research.

Winning an NSF CAREER Award: An Interactive Workshop with NSF CAREER Program Officials and UMass CAREER Recipients

Planning on applying for an NSF CAREER Award this year? Have questions about how to develop a winning proposal? Join your colleagues for an interactive workshop on May 15th, from noon – 3:00pm in Life Sciences Laboratory N610.

Please register by May 11th.

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH) builds multi-sector partnerships to address high-priority societal challenges with data-driven solutions. NEBDIH is pleased to provide support for workshops organized by our community that are designed to plan and develop projects including (but not limited to) future Big Data Spoke submissions

Jennifer Lundquist

In early March, ISSR held its first grants development panel entitled “Grants and Your Research Trajectory,” moderated by Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Jennifer Lundquist and featuring panelists Mari Castañeda, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication and Larry King, a new Professor in the Department of Economics. The panel explored a range of grantmaking experiences across the social and behavioral sciences. Faculty and audience participants shared their experiences and strategies for including grant making and project stewardship in their career trajectories. This panel was designed to raise awareness of new capabilities within ISSR to assist faculty in building successful research proposals strategizing interdisciplinary grants and identifying prospective funders. 

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation.The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards consist of 400,000 euros, a diploma and a commemorative artwork in each of their eight categories. Visit the BBVA Foundation's Frontiers of Knowledge website for details and application instructions

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) announces a competition to fund independent research during 2018-19, culminating in a high-quality working paper relevant to the Department’s policymaking. Awards will be made in the range of $20,000–$50,000 for projects that would contribute to the Department’s mission of fostering, promoting, and developing the well-being of wage earners, retirees, and job seekers.

We are excited to introduce two additional members of the ISSR team who will support faculty in their search for research funding. Dr. Gretchen Gano will join ISSR as Grants Development Social Scientist starting in August 2017, and Megan Paik recently came on board as Foundation Grants Development Specialist this spring.