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May 9, 2022

The National Science Foundation recently announced two major initiatives to support accelerated interdisciplinary collaboration to address national and global priorities. Please visit the links below for details. We encourage any who are interested in these funding opportunities to review the Dear Colleague Letters and other NSF information linked below, and for the TIP program, to sign up for one of the upcoming webinars and road-show. If you are interested in developing a proposal, the UMass Office of Research Development is your guide, and ISSR is here to support. Please contact ISSR Associate Director Krista Harper to get connected:

March 9, 2022

The National Science Foundation and SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) are excited to host a workshop on Grant Writing and Peer Review for early career scientists! Participants of this workshop will learn to critique grant proposals as well as how to develop their own with the guidance of peers and advisors.

March 7, 2022


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 ISSR Scholars, who represent four colleges and six departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. Joya Misra, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, notes, Social science uncovers the human dimensions of societal and global problems, and ISSR is thrilled to launch work with this cohort of innovative social scientists."

February 13, 2022

Competition Now Open!

Note: Students cannot apply directly, they must apply through UMass; interested students should contact the Graduate School's Associate Director for Grants & Fellowships, Heidi Bauer-Clapp ( for details on UMass’s internal deadline and application process. The funder's final deadline is April 6.

February 9, 2022

Applications are now open for the Spring 2022 Graduate School Grant Programs!

Three types of competitive awards are available to current UMass doctoral students in campus-based degree programs: Dissertation Research Grants, Fieldwork Grants, and Predissertation Grants. In addition, applicants to any of these three grant programs may also apply for a Supplement for Travel with Children or the new Supplement for Public Engagement. General information on each program is provided below; detailed eligibility information and application instructions are on the Graduate School’s Internal Funding website.

Dr. Elizabeth Evans, School of Public Health and ISSR Scholar Facilitator
December 3, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeith Evans (Health Promotion & Policy) on her appointment by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Health Council. Dr. Evans serves as one of two Faculty Facilitators of the ISSR Scholars Program, together with Dr. Ryan Wells (Educational Policy, Research & Administration). Dr. Evans used her yearlong fellowship as an ISSR Scholar (2018-19) to develop a successful grant proposal for a $10 million Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) research project examining a pilot opioid treatment program for jail detainees in seven Massachusetts counties. We honor her scholarship and service, and congratulate her on this latest recognition of her leadership.