M2M Funding Vehicles

M2M Seed Grant | M2M Midigrants | Other Resources


2018 M2M Seed Grant: New Innovation Catalyst Fund

The Innovation Catalyst Fund is a tiered funding mechanism designed to provide a roadmap for the submission of a large/significant grant proposal in approximately 18-24 months. Although there are no specific restrictions, the expected scale of the grant(s) would be such that the requested budget for the grant(s) would be no less than $4M (total costs) for the duration of the grant(s). Examples include but are not limited to NIH Program Projects, and NSF STC Centers.

The Catalyst fund is broken into Phase I and Phase II funding.

Phase I funding is specifically earmarked toward travel expenses for a two-day research retreat for multiple PIs, or team of researchers, specifically aimed at research team formation, fostering early-stage idea expansion, and establishing three (3) key components for the Phase II application: 1) identify a team leader/lead PI; 2) identify a funding opportunity; 3) establish needs and identify limiting steps for an eventual large/significant award submission. 

Phase II funding applications will only be available to those who successful apply for and complete Phase I funding.  More details will be provided, but briefly, the expectation is that Phase II will result in a defined schedule and trajectory to the submission of a large/significant award.  Funding for successful Phase II applications are expected to be between $50-100K .  

Phase I Application Deadline: March 19, 2018
Phase I Start Date: April 2, 2018
Phase I End Date: June 30, 2018

Phase I applications are now closed.


M2M Midi-grants

Applications for Midigrants will be considered on a monthly rolling basis by the M2M Steering Committee.  All applications submitted by the 15th of each month will be voted by the committee, with decisions returned by the end of the month.  Any applications submitted after the 15th will be considered during the next month's cycle.

Application for for M2M-Specific Projects with Potential for Translation

Award Limit: Up to $6000 in materials & supplies + $4000 in Core Facilities
Submission deadline: Rolling, the 15th of each month.

The funds for this mechanism are specifically earmarked toward new projects with the potential for translation to industry; this translational potential can be in the short- or long-term. Possible industrial interest should be described in the application. Funding is not limited to collaborative endeavors, and single PIs can request funds.

Application for M2M Funds for Multi-PI Grant Opportunities

Award Limit: Up to $6000 in materials & supplies + $4000 in Core Facilities
Submission deadline: Rolling, the 15th of each month.

The funds for this mechanism are specifically earmarked toward generating preliminary data for multi-PI grant opportunities from any extramural funding agency. Extramural opportunity to be targeted must be listed below, alongside the corresponding grant deadline date. Funding is not limited to large center projects, i.e. any extramural mechanism is accepted. Examples include, but are not limited to, multi-PI NSF submissions to standard calls, e.g. NIH R21s, R01s, and U01s.


Other resources available to M2M Faculty

M2M Fund Use by Research Theme

Each Research Theme Leader is given a discretionary budget of $1,000 per year to support activities that further the strategic goals of Research Themes such as hosting visits by potential industrial partners, co-hosting seminar speakers, travel of Research Theme members to sites of clinical or industrial collaborators (or vice versa), or facilitating internal meetings of Research Themes or across Research Themes. If you are planning on hosting an event for your theme, contact your Theme Leader directly on how you may access these funds.

Core Director Discretionary Fund

Currently available for Mass Spectrometry, Biophysical Characterization, and Light Microscopy.  These are resources allocated to a Core Facility, administered solely by the Director of each facility to fund new users on facility instruments. The purpose of these funds are to reduce the barrier to doing new science with the incredible core instrumentation we have on campus.  Essentially, if you are an active M2M faculty member and you want to do some new pilot experiments for your projects, the core directors have discretionary funds provided through M2M to help you do these experiments.  This is a limited nonrenewable program, so please talk with the directors as soon as possible about possible projects and experiments.  If successful and funding is available, we will continue these Incentive funds with other cores in the future.

Core Credit Voucher Program

Core Credit Vouchers are available to all IALS grant recipients and usable at any UMass Amherst Centralized Core Facility.  These credits are accrued and assigned twice a year, and are calculated from the IDC/RTF contributions to the Center/IALS from IALS-tagged grants.   You do not have to request these vouchers, they will be assigned.  As grant dollars are spent, Core Facility credits are accrued!  For more information on how to use these funds, please contact Hannah Choi (hannah@umass.edu).




For More Information

Please email hannah@umass.edu if you have any questions about this program.

Key Dates


Expected RFA Date:
July 1, 2017
Submission deadlines: