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   


Creative Economy Workshop

Date/Time: January 6, 2015, 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: Life Sciences Laboratories, Room 610

Please join us for a "bidder's meeting" informational workshop to talk about the Creative Economy Initiative Fund. The President’s Creative Economy Initiatives Fund supports initiatives which highlight the contributions of the arts, humanities and social sciences to the life of the Commonwealth. The CE Fund seeks to produce immediate benefits to the external communities served, add to the cultural and creative resources and overall quality of life of the Commonwealth (thus making Massachusetts a more attractive location to live and invest), and raise the University’s community engagement and profile.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Science & Technology Initiatives Fund Workshop

Date/Time: January 6, 2015, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Life Sciences Laboratories, Room 610

Please join us for a "bidder's meeting" informational workshop to talk about the S&T Initiatives Fund. The fund represents President Caret’s commitment to building upon the University’s position as a world-class research enterprise that not only focuses on pure research, solving the problems of the future, but also applied research, solving the problems of today. It also directly responds to the Trustees’ strategic priority on strengthening the University’s research enterprise and growing its portfolio substantially.

Registration is required. Please click here to register.