ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant Program

The ADVANCE Program is pleased to solicit proposals for the ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant Program for projects to begin in academic year 2019-2020.

We are seeking innovative faculty led projects that promote the ADVANCE-IT grant objectives: supporting research collaboration, developing inclusive communities, and encouraging shared decision-making. Please review the program guidelines, which offer additional details on our priority funding areas as well as details on how to apply.

The ADVANCE Program will fund Team Grants of up to $6,000 per award. Team Grants are faculty-driven, context-sensitive mentoring projects, orchestrated by teams that conceive and carry out their own project plans. We welcome proposals from all tenure-track full-time faculty and full-time lecturers who are on continuing appointments, although we particularly encourage proposals from faculty members in NSF-supported fields (the College of Engineering, College of Information and Computer Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, or College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, or in the departments of Management in the Isenberg School of Management and Linguistics in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts). Team Grants are available to support networks comprised of four or more faculty (minimum) and may include a mix of types and ranks of faculty. The Mutual Mentoring approach supports faculty, in developing robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages. 

Please note: The ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Team grants are distinct from TEFD's Mutual Mentoring grants, though the two offices will coordinate funding to ensure all faculty are well served. There is a separate call for TEFD Mutual Mentoring Grants. Proposals submitted to the NSF ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring grant that also qualify for the TEFD Mutual Mentoring Program will be shared with the TEFD team during the proposal review period in Spring 2019. 

If you have any questions about the NSF ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring program, please contact the ADVANCE team at

2019 Grant Winners

Women of Color Faculty Group 

Mari Castañeda (Communication), Benita Barnes (EPRA), Miliann Kang (WGSS), and Nefertiti Walker (Sport Management) 

Building Best Practices in Collaborative Award Management

Mark Pachucki (Sociology), Jasmine Kerrissey (Sociology), Don Tomaskovic-Devey (Sociology), Jen Lundquist (Sociology), Kathryne Young (Sociology), Naomi Gerstel (Sociology), Tony Paik (Sociology), Sancha Medwinter (Sociology), Brian Sargent (Sociology) 

Women of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kara Peterman (CEE), Caitlyn Butler (CEE), Eleni Christopha (CEE), Emily Kumpel (CEE), Song Gao (CEE)