March 28, 2024

We are excited to announce that the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) will be awarding up to 10 fee waivers for graduate students to attend an ISSR-directed methods workshop this summer. A list of the upcoming summer workshops can be found here.

Graduate students can use this link to submit their application.

The deadline for submission is APRIL 12, 2024 at 5pm EDT.

March 26, 2024

The National Institutes of Health has reissued a funding opportunity for the Training in Advanced Data Analytics for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (TADA-BSSR) program.

TADA-BSSR supports behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) predoctoral training programs that focus on innovative computational or data science analytic approaches. The program aims to develop a cohort of predoctoral candidates equipped with the advanced analytic skills necessary to navigate the increasingly complex landscape of big data in behavioral and social health-related research.

In its initial round, the TADA-BSSR program awarded eight grants to various academic intuitions across the United States. The application submission period opens on April 24.

March 8, 2024


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of the 2024-25 ISSR Scholars. This year's cohort brings an especially strong focus to vital questions in public policy, democrat inclusion, and public opinion. These six faculty members were selected from a competitive field of applicants, based on the strength and complementarity of their proposals to develop important new research spanning cultural, economic, environmental and political domains.

January 23, 2024

Update: The position has been filled.

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is seeking a motivated, tech-savvy undergradu-ate student to assist in compiling event registration data for the institute’s annual reports. The Institute for Social Science Research supports social science methodology, public engagement, and interdisciplinary research at UMass Amherst. ISSR’s mission is aimed at helping faculty members find funding opportunities and supporting grant proposal development.

Working under the direction of ISSR staff, the Student Research Assistant will gather data for annual reports as well as generate data visualizations, surveys, and other research tasks. Please email resume and cover letter to

Essential Functions:

Image of two hands clasping, one maroon, one black. Text encourages faculty to connect with ISSR grant support staff.
September 27, 2023

On September 25, ISSR and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences hosted a Faculty/PI Grants Summit, to present an overview of the UMass grantseeking and award management process for all interested SBS faculty. ISSR Director Jason Kamilar, SBS Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development Jennifer Lundquist, and the ISSR grant support team shared key milestones and insights to help prospective PIs to successfully manage their grant proposal development. The conversation underscored faculty appreciation of ISSR's grant development services, and demand for post-award grant support. It also included a look at some of the award management strategies that Professor Kamilar shared, from his own best practice toolkit.

We are pleased to share the video, powerpoint slides, and sample tools from this session on our Resources page.

August 25, 2023

ISSR is seeking a great new team member to promote our programming and services in support of the social sciences across the UMass Amherst community - a full time staff position overseeing ISSR's diverse communications pathways and bringing a special focus to expanding the impact of ISSR's grant support services.

The ISSR Program Manager will work with the Director and grants personnel to develop and execute communications and events targeted to faculty with the objective of increasing grants submissions and improving grant administration. As Office Manager they will oversee the Institute’s administration and operations.

Please see the full position description for this Program Manager position, and share it with people you think may be interested in this important position in the ISSR team.