Research Funding and Policies

As noted by the Academy for Arts and Sciences, "The importance of social and behavioral science research to the nation’s economic and national security is enormous. Most of the problems we face benefit from research in these sciences. In addition, basic research in these sciences contributes to American innovation."

The Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Jennifer Lundquist, oversees the College Grants Program in collaboration with the Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), Laurel Smith-Doerr. Please contact Jennifer Lundquist for more information about SBS internal grants, policies related to course buy-outs, indirect costs and other university funding. Please contact ISSR for resources and support with all externally-sponsored research. In addition, ISSR provides UMass social scientists with methodological training and consultation, assistance with grant writing, and free NVivo software.

SBS encourages its faculty to apply for fellowships and grants that support their creative activities and research efforts. To help SBS faculty identify and learn more about SBS-sponsored funding, University-funded research programs, and external funding support, as well as various policies, we offer links in the left sidebar.