Armstrong Fund for Science RFP
Armstrong Fund for Science
Request for Proposals
[click here for downloadable RFP.pdf]
The Armstrong Fund for Science is intended to:
- Enhance the faculty member’s ability to develop significant sponsored activities in areas of strategic relevance to the campus;
- Permit faculty members to pursue adventurous ideas;
- Build tangible, working relationships with industry;
- Raise the campus’s national profile as a source of scientific innovation.
Awardees will be required to provide a final report at the end of the project. A public lecture may be appropriate at the end of the grant, describing the results of the research.
All UMass Amherst tenure track faculty in one of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) colleges--Natural Science, Engineering, and School of Public Health and Health Sciences--are eligible. Junior faculty and women faculty in STEM disciplines are encouraged to apply. Proposals from senior faculty will also be considered if they represent a new and somewhat risky direction for the faculty member’s research program.
Deadline: February 1 (or the first business day following Feb. 1)
Allowable Use of Funds
These funds may be used for:
- graduate students and expenses, including as a recruiting tool for exceptional graduate student candidates;
- support for grant development and writing, e.g., release time;
- travel in connection with building the research program;
- honoraria and expenses related to bringing to campus key people that can help the research have the desired impact;
- facilities to enable the research program;
- expenses related to pilot studies;
- dependent care expenses incurred by professional travel
- The writing and preparation of manuscripts intended to be used as standard textbooks;
- The preparation of lectures, demonstrations, syllabi or other course related materials;
- The remedy of budgetary deficiency in other research contracts or grants;
- Travel to sabbatical research sites;
- Reprint costs or library fees;
- Publication costs for individuals or department/disciplinary monographs or series.
- Preference will be given to unconventional ideas in the STEM disciplines.
- Research must support priority initiatives as determined by the Dean and approved by the Chancellor, related to a specific program or a professorship involved in the highest quality work in the natural sciences.
- Projects should focus on research that has a significant likelihood of major scientific or engineering impact.
- Connections to society and industry should be well articulated.
Description of Grant Application Process
Grants from the Armstrong Fund for Science will be awarded annually. Applications will be due to the Office of Research Development (not through OGCA's typical procedure for external funding) on February 1. Awards will be announced by March 20 to enable faculty to use the funds as a recruiting tool for exceptional graduate students, if desired. Funds will be disbursed in July or August.
- an e-mail that will go to all STEM departments by Dec 1;
- the funding page on the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement “internal funding opportunities”;
- significant coverage in early career workshops;
- promotion to the deans at the bi-monthly Deans’ Research Meetings facilitated by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement;
- a press release on April 15 when the new Armstrong Fund for Science awards are announced.
- cover page/application with faculty member’s name, department and contact information, project title, brief description, and signatures of the applicant, her or his chair, and dean
- a statement of the proposed project, including description of the significant impact the research might have (3 page limit)
- general rationale for requested level of support and budget (1 page limit)
- a brief CV, (limited to 2 pages)