Public Service Endowment Grant

The Public Service Endowment Grants (PSEG) are intended to enhance the mission of UMass Amherst as a Carnegie-classified "Engaged Research University."  It is an internal University source of funds set aside to deliver public services through research and special projects. For the purposes of this program, public service will be defined as "having to do with the outreach of the University to society at large, extending the research and engagement resources of the campus to individuals and groups who are not part of the academic community while bringing an academic institution's special competence to bear on the solution of society's problems.  It can take place on or off campus and can be related to either the governmental or private sectors of our national life. The emphasis on public service is in converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications."

Proposals should focus on collaborative partnerships and interactions with the off-campus community (or communities) and related scholarship for the mutual benefit, exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge and resources. Projects that will lead to competitive proposals for extramural support will be given the highest priority. The use of this non-renewable "seed" money award should leverage campus and community resources to solve a problem or build capacity at the university and/or in the community. Projects should create opportunity for sustained engagement after PSEG funding is expended.  

The standard deadline is 5 pm April 15. When April 15 falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day.

In 2019, the deadline is 4/16/19. Notification of awards will be made June 1, 2019.

Refer to the Request for Proposals for full program description and submission instructions.

How To Apply: 

The funding solicitation will be announced on December 21, 2018.

Refer to the Request for Proposals for full program description and submission instructions.

Download these required forms:

Application Form

Budget Request Form


Final Report: 

For awarded projects, complete a Final Report Form on the outcomes and impact of your project on the form provided. Due by July 31 of the year following your award.

For More Information: 

Mary K. Green

Research Development Associate
Office of Research Development