Policy on requests for letters of support to the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

RE: Policy on requests for letters of support to the Chancellor, Provost, and Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement

This memo outlines a new policy for faculty requesting letters of support on proposals that do not involve formal resource commitments or cost sharing (If resource commitments are required, please refer to our cost sharing policies here or write to vcre@umass.edu for more information).

For letters of support for fellowships and sponsored research grants, please submit requests with a draft letter at least 5 business days prior to the day it is due to our Office of Grants & Contracts for their review.  This will allow the necessary time needed to evaluate, ask for additional information, edit, and return the signed letter. All requests should include a scope of work and endorsement of the unit’s Associate Dean for Research or equivalent. We will not be able to sign support letters if the above criteria are not met.

Please send all requests for the Chancellor and VCRE to vcre@umass.edu. All requests to the Provost should be sent to provost@provost.umass.edu.