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 2014 Research Development Workshops   


Boston Museum of Science as Outreach Partner

Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm
Place: 610 Life Sciences Laboratories

Do you want to broaden the impact of your research by bringing your message to a wide and diverse audience?

Are you searching for a top-notch outreach partner to engage for an upcoming proposal?

Have you wondered how to best raise the visibility of your research in partnership with a successful institution that specializes in public engagement?

Please join us for an upcoming dialogue with staff from the Boston Museum of Science.  We will explore ways in which the Museum and the campus can partner on these endeavors.

Register here.

Sponsored by University Relations Office of Marketing and New Business Development and the Office of Research Development Broader Impacts Committee in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Science.

Questions: Karen J. Hayes, Director of Research Communications and Outreach (

Applying to the Faculty Research Grant Program           

DATE: August 27, 2014
TIME: 9:30 to 11:00 AM   
LOCATION: Life Sciences Laboratory 610

FRG Fall 2014 Deadline – September 12

The purpose of this workshop is to review the Faculty Research Grant application and eligibility guidelines for 2014, discuss the format and content of successful proposals, and answer questions about the submission and review process. The session will be led by Dr. Rick Taupier of the Office of Research Development and is intended also to identify and encourage good proposal writing strategies for internal and external grant applications.  Newer faculty, first time applicants, and more tenured faculty initiating new areas of research are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration is required. Click here to register