Faculty members in HFA are encouraged to apply for research grants available to them to support their ongoing research project or creative activities. Awards may not exceed $3,000.

Amounts up to $3,000 may be requested by an HFA faculty member for materials and expenses related to am upcoming or ongoing research project or a creative activity. Research Grants cannot be used as compensation for faculty time and must be connected to the advancement of a specific project.

Funds awarded in the fall round become available in January and generally should be spent within one month of the activity's conclusion, but no later than August 31. Similarly, those awarded in the spring become available in July and should be spent within one month of the activity's completion, but no later than December 31. Awards must be used for the purpose specified and by the date set in award letters. Awards can only be amended with written permission of the Associate Dean of Research.


All full-time faculty members in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts whose appointment extends beyond the current fiscal year may apply. Faculty members who spent Research Grant awards in any of the four previous semesters are ineligible.

Because campus resources for subvention support are not open to lecturers, the college's lecturers may request an HFA Research Grant to be applied to subvention costs. HFA's tenured and tenure-track faculty members should request subvention funds through the university and college programs designated for this purpose.

Preference will be given to faculty members who do not have adequate funding from other sources to support the proposed work, e.g. start-up funds, a Healey-Faculty Research Grant, external funding, etc.

Award Management

The department business manager, in collaboration with the award recipient, submits Summit report to the HFA Business Office for reimbursement of expenses made on faculty member's retention account.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the HFA Multipurpose Submission Form

When applying, applicants are required upload the following documentation:

  • Image or visual file to illustrate the work to be undertaken.
  • List of confirmed and pending sources of funding and amounts.
  • PDF of a project budget naming the anticipated expenses, the cost of each, the sources of funding, and the amount anticipated from each funding source.

Applicants will be notified of a decision within one month after the application deadline.

Apply via the HFA Multipurpose Submission Form.


  • October 6, 2023, for research to be completed by 8/31/24
  • March 1, 2024, for research to be completed by 12/31/24

Post-grant Report

Faculty members who receive Research Grants will submit a one-page report within one month of the grant's end to the Associate Dean. The report will summarize progress made on the grant-supported activity and its impact on the faculty member's larger research or creative efforts.

More Information

Contact afleig [at] umass [dot] edu (Amy Fleig).