Research Development Workshops


Research Development supports an evolving program of faculty research development workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer mentoring programs intended to support faculty in all fields and at all professorial levels in meeting their research goals and competing for external funding. Programs are designed to be either complementary to or integrated with other faculty development offerings on campus. 

Workshops and programs are largely faculty driven and may involve agency and foundation program officers or academic experts.  They are organized on the basis of interest by specific groups of faculty, for clearly identified audiences, and tailored to specific needs. Faculty groups are encouraged to request a workshop, seminar or program to meet specific research needs.

Faculty Research Development Workshops, organized by the Office of Research Development, fall into four general categories:

Proposal Development  - increasing proposal writing skills - writing specific proposal sections - articulating broader impacts and research significance

Internal Grant Competitions  - improving success with UMass competitions - Faculty Research Grants - Public Service Endowment Grants - UMass President Creative Economy and Science and Technology Grants

Agency Relationship Building- learning about agency funding priorities - peer panels, agency speakers and intelligence gathering - communicating with program officers - pitching research, quad charts and other aids – working with industry

Investigator Initiated Workshops- assembling interdisciplinary research teams – setting long-term goals and preparing for major competitions - engaging in collaborative research ventures – organizing international projects

Some workshops are open to all faculty members and others are by invitation.

Dates and locations of specific workshops are listed below as they are scheduled.

***For presentations from past workshops please click here.***

Fall 2015 Research Development Workshops   


Register now!  Workshop on Evaluation of Broader Impacts

Thursday, October 29, 2015
noon to 2 pm

Life Sciences Lab (LSL 610)

Dr. Moriarty has over 20 years of experience in research, evaluation and project management.  She served as Program Director and Co-Coordinator of the Education Directorate Evaluation Group at NSF.  Prior to that, she led the evaluation effort for the ABET accreditation of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College.  Mary is a UMass alum (!), and specializes in evaluation of programs that broaden participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Lunch will be served!

Registration required.  Click here to register.

For more information, contact Office of Research Development Broader Impacts Specialist, Barbara Pearson; 413-545-5023.  Download a pdf of the poster here.


NIH Grant Writer's Seminar and Workshop

Date/Time: December 4, 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Massachusetts Room - Mullins Center

Dr. Peg AtKisson of the Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops will lead this full-day workshop on the requirements and methods of writing and submitting effective NIH proposals. Participants will work with and receive a copy of the highly regarded, and recently updated, NIH Grant Application Writer's Workbook. 

Lunch will be available

Registration is required. Click here to register