Funding for Teaching and Research
Approach I: Start with your Department or College/School
Your Department, College, or School may offer funding for teaching and research activities (such as seed grants for research, or funding for professional development and/or conference travel). Start by contacting your Department Head/Chair, and then look at your College or School’s web site for more information (often found in the sections labeled “Faculty & Staff” or “Research”). Another valuable resource is your Associate Dean of Research (ADR), who is likely to know of any available funding for teaching or research activities in your College or School. The following is a list of ADRs and their contact information for 2018-19.
Approach II: Review Opportunities from Research & Engagement
Deadline: Typically in September and February
Eligibility: Full-time UMass Amherst faculty members whose appointments extend beyond the current
academic year are eligible to submit applications.
Purpose: To support new, early stage, or ongoing research and creative activity that will
lead to the production of major publications or creative works, attract external funding,
earn awards, and enhance the faculty member’s reputation and research profile.
The average award is $12,000.
Deadline: Typically early October.
Eligibility: Bargaining MSP union members.
Purpose: To provide financial support to faculty who are active in research and who do not have access to significant alternative funding. Supports requests up to $1,000.
Deadline: Typically in October
Eligibility: All full time STEM faculty are eligible to apply. Junior faculty and faculty at all levels who are women or members of minorities underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Purpose: To enhance faculty members’ ability to develop significant sponsored activities in areas of strategic relevance to the campus; permit faculty members to pursue adventurous ideas; build tangible, working relationships with industry; and raise the campus’s national profile as a source of scientific innovation.
Projects should be no longer than 2 years, with total budgets not to exceed $40,000.
Deadline: Typically in December
Eligibility: Full-time UMass Amherst faculty members whose appointments extend one-year beyond the current
Purpose: To provide faculty with a unique opportunity to focus on their research or creative activities through a one-year course release from teaching and service duties in addition to a $3,500 cash award.
Deadline: Typically in January
Eligibility: UMass Amherst tenured and tenure-track faculty members at any stage of their careers.
Purpose: To provide faculty with an opportunity to apply for subventions to assist in the costs of book and scholarly publication.
Deadline: Typically in April
Eligibility: All full-time faculty and staff
Purpose: To facilitate collaborative partnerships and interactions with the off-campus community (or
communities) and related scholarship for the mutual benefit, exchange, exploration, and application
of knowledge and resources. The use of this non-renewable “seed” money award should leverage
campus and community resources to solve a problem or build capacity at the university and/or in the
community. The average award is $10,000 per project.
Eligibility: All full-time faculty.
Purpose: To provide seed funding for activities and events geared to explore or develop collaborative research projects with good potential for future extramural support. ORD will fund a range of activities including focus groups, luncheons and travel for invited speakers, travel for campus faculty visits to other institutions, research slams, group seminars, and other activities that enable faculty with common
interests to explore specific extramural funding opportunities or interdisciplinary research themes. The
average award is between $1,000-$3,000.
Approach III: Review Opportunities from Centers & Institutes
Civic Engagement & Service Learning (CESL)
Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD)
- Flex Grants for Teaching
- Lilly Teaching Fellowship
- TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity)
Office of Equity and Inclusion
Center for Bioactive Delivery
Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Center for Personalized Health Monitoring
Center for Research on Families (CRF)
Institute of Diversity Sciences
Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI)
Models to Medicine Center
Public Engagement Project
UMass Water Resources Research Center