Faculty (internal)

Public Service Endowment Grants

Fund: Public Service Endowment Grants
Amount of funding: $15000
Eligibility: Full time faculty and staff
General deadlines: December
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/public-service-endowment-grant

Funding for:

Proposals should focus on mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships between the university and off-campus community organizations and propose special projects and related scholarship to address a problem or need and/or build capacity.

 

Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards

Fund: Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards
Amount of funding: $3500 and one-year release
Eligibility: Tenure track, tenured, emeritus
General deadlines: December
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/samuel-f-conti-faculty-fellowship-awards

Funding for:

These Fellowships are managed by the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement (VCRE) and provide a one-year release from teaching and service duties in addition to a $3,500 cash award.

 

Subvention Program

Fund: Subvention Program
Amount of funding: assists faculty members with the cost of producing books and scholarly publications and with the cost of producing creative work by faculty members in the visual and performing arts
Eligibility: Tenure track, tenured, emeritus
General deadlines: January
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/subvention-program

Funding for:

This internal grant program promotes research, scholarly, and creative activities in all disciplines and fields. The program supports projects that will lead to the production of publications or creative works, attract external funding, increase competitiveness for awards, and enhance faculty recipients’ reputation and research profile.

 

Faculty Research Grant/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG/HEG)

Fund: Faculty Research Grant/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG/HEG)
Amount of funding: $20000
Eligibility: All faculty
General deadlines: October
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/faculty-research-granthealey-endowment-grant-frgheg

Funding for:

The program supports projects that will lead to the production of publications or creative works, attract external funding, increase competitiveness for awards, and enhance faculty recipients’ reputation and research profile.

 

MSP Research Support Fund Application

Fund: MSP Research Support Fund Application
Amount of funding: $1000
Eligibility:
General deadlines: Ongoing
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/msp-research-support-fund

Funding for:

In FY21, there shall be made available a Research Support Fund of $500,000 to provide individual awards of up to $1,000 to bargaining unit members who are active in research and who do not have access to significant alternative funding, such as Research Trust Funds, gifts, external research grants, etc.

 

Investigator Initiated Workshops

Fund: Investigator Initiated Workshops
Amount of funding: $3000
Eligibility:
General deadlines: Rolling
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/ord-investigator-initiated-workshops-iiw#:~:text=A%20new%20ORD%20program%2C%20Investigator,faculty%2Ddriven%20collaborative%20research%20projects.&text=The%20ORD%20IIW%20program%20will,potential%20for%20future%20extramural%20support.

Funding for:

The ORD IIW program will provide seed funding for activities and events geared to explore or develop collaborative research projects with good potential for future extramural support.

 

Armstrong Fund for Science

Fund: Armstrong Fund for Science
Amount of funding: $40000
Eligibility:
General deadlines: October
Website: https://www.umass.edu/research/armstrong-fund-science

Funding for:

The Armstrong Fund for Science was established in 2006 through a gift from John and Elizabeth Armstrong.  Its goal is to encourage faculty at UMass Amherst to pursue research that has a significant likelihood of major science or engineering impact

 

Seed Grants from the Institute of Diversity Sciences

Fund: Seed Grants from the Institute of Diversity Sciences
Amount of funding: $5,000 to $12,000
Eligibility: Team proposals must ensure that the topic of the project is related to human diversity, disparities, and/or inclusion broadly construed. The proposal should make an explicit case for how the proposed work fits this theme.

Project team members must come from at least two different departments at UMass, and ideally (but not required) from different colleges/schools on campus. Team members may also include community partners. The emphasis of the project should be on building multidisciplinary connections. Both new teams of individuals who have not collaborated previously as well as pre-existing teams that have had prior collaborations are eligible for this seed grant, as long as the proposed project is new and not funded by another source.

The PI must be a faculty member at UMass Amherst; graduate students, postdocs, faculty at the Five Colleges, and community members may be co-PIs.

Proposed projects may involve new data collection or secondary analyses of existing datasets.

Priority will be given to:

Projects that will be leveraged toward external grant applications. Proposals should provide details of the planned grant submission (e.g., name(s) of agency/foundation, timeline, and RFP/program announcement).

Projects that involve graduate students and/or undergraduate students and thereby provide hands-on student training.

Projects that include a social impact goal.


General deadlines:
Website: https://www.umass.edu/sbs/Grants-Institute-Diversity-Science

Funding for:

This seed grant mechanism is one important way to achieve this goal by (1) encouraging new multidisciplinary research collaborations on human diversity among faculty and students from different units on campus that can be later leveraged to seek larger external research grants; (2) offering opportunities for mentored research experience for graduate and undergraduate students interested in human diversity in ways that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries; and (3) encouraging research teams to consider social impact goals.

 

TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity)

Fund: TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity)
Amount of funding: 1500
Eligibility: Faculty at all stages of experience in teaching for inclusiveness, diversity, and equity are encouraged to apply. Faculty Fellows are required to meet the following criteria:

Full-time position (open to both tenura and non-tenure track faculty)

Demonstrates high interest in developing capacity for teaching diverse students in inclusive and equitable ways

Potential for making a positive impact on the teaching culture in the home department, school/college, and/or broader campus community.
General deadlines: February
Website: https://www.umass.edu/ctl/tide-ambassadors-program

Funding for:

The overarching purpose of the program is to establish a learning community that offers participating faculty fellows sustained opportunities to engage with and support each other as well as to learn together so that they are able to develop the knowledge and skills to share this learning with the UMass community. Experiential, collaborative, and reflective learning are integral elements of the TIDE program.

 

Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Awards

Fund: Interdisciplinary Faculty Research Awards
Amount of funding: $5,000 to $10,000
Eligibility: All faculty
General deadlines: February
Website: https://umass.app.box.com/s/tjh9at1mar30cbzl9lorc4zbjfb74tts

Funding for:

The Provost, in coordination with the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, and the Deans of the Colleges and Schools, will offer seed funds totaling up to $600,000 to support interdisciplinary research at UMass. The goal of this program is to empower creativity; to promote collaborations, especially those that those that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion; and to attract external funding across our colleges and schools.

 

Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize

Fund: Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize
Amount of funding: $100000
Eligibility:
General deadlines: March
Website: https://www.umassp.edu/funding-opportunities/zuckerberg-endowed-leadership-prizechair

Funding for:

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award is designed to reward leaders of courage, conviction, and selflessness who have devoted their time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals. Recognizing that leadership may be found anywhere, faculty, coaches, and staff of the University of Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. The award will alternate between a faculty member (when it is termed the chair) and a coach/staff member (when it is termed the prize).