Funding Fridays Session 1: Finding Funding

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Friday, September 15, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall (Zoom link available)

Up first in Funding Fridays: September 15     Finding Funding, with Marco Cocito-Monoc (Executive Director of Foundation Relations) and Loren Walker (Director, Office of Research Development)

Are you a faculty member looking for funding to support your research? Without proper strategies, searching for funding can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. In this workshop, your guides are Marco Monoc, Executive Director of Foundation Relations and Loren Walker, Director of the Office of Research Development at UMass. They will provide an overview of systems that help you find federal or foundation funding, as well as suggestions for how to write competitive proposals aimed at different types of funders. 

About the Funding Fridays Series

Register once, for as many sessions as you need!

Grants funding can be critical to faculty careers, but difficult to pull off on your own given limited time. ISSR invites you to take part in a flexible, 8-session workshop series aimed at motivating, informing, and supporting faculty writing grants for submission.  

Stop by each week for collaborative learning and work sessions that will help you stay on track for your goals, or hop in for only the sessions you need. Our registration form offers you a one-stop chance to sign up for the Funding Fridays sessions that interest you most, all semester long. An online option is also available. (*Note: a separate registration is required for the September 18 lunchtime session on the ABCs of the IRB)

  • Missed the start but want to join in? No worries, you can sign up at any time. 
  • Already registered but want to add sessions? Send us an email, and we'll add your selections. 

All registered participants will be joined to the Funding Fridays Moodle course, where you will find a full library of helpful resources for all stages of the grant writing process. New registrants can review past materials, and seek support from ISSR for early stages of grant development.

Sessions meet most Fridays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - with food and drinks for those joining in the ISSR Lab, and access on Zoom for those participating online  Put these dates into your calendar now to assure that you have a completed proposal draft by December!  

FALL 2023

September 15     Finding Funding, with Marco Cocito-Monoc (Executive Director of Foundation Relations) and Loren Walker (Director, Office of Research Development)

September 29     A Timeline to Success: Planning Your Proposal-Writing Process, with Katie Smith (ISSR Associate Director for Research Administration and Operations)

October 6     Framing is Everything: Making Your Research Questions Fundable, with Mary Fechner (Proposal Development Specialist, Office of Research Development)

October 13     Budgeting 101: Creating a Realistic Budget, with Carrie Morrison Penland (Grants and Contracts Coordinator, ISSR) and Katie Smith

October 27     Research Design: Matching Methods to Research Questions, with Jessica Pearlman (Director of Research Methods Programs, ISSR) and Laurel Smith-Doerr (Director of ADVANCE Program)

November 3     So What? Significance and Broader Impacts, with Mary K. Green (Research Development Specialist, Office of Research Development) 

November 10     Data Management Plans, with Jennifer Chaput (Data Services Librarian, W.E.B. Du Bois Library)
November 17     You Did It, Get Ready to Submit It!, with Jason Kamilar (Director of ISSR) 

ALSO | with separate registration

September 18    Workshop | The ABCs of the IRB, with Iris Jenkins (Associate Director of the Human Research Protection Office) and Lynnette Sievert, Chair of the Institutional Review Board at UMass Amherst

December TBA    Infosession | The ISSR/CRF Scholars Programs, a chance to learn about these competitve yearlong opportunities to take your research funding to the next level, supported by ISSR and the Center for Research on Families