Grant Support

Grant management is complicated. ISSR is here to help.

Social science faculty interested in sponsored research can request free assistance in completing applications for grants, contracts, and fellowships; navigating submission processes with the University and sponsoring organizations; award set-up; and managing post-award activities.

Funding Newsflash

This July, a new proposal and award management system, Kuali Research, will replace SmartGrant for proposal submissions and award management, and replace e-Protocol for human (IRB) and animal (IACUC) subjects, as well as provide a new online disclosure process for Conflicts of Interest. 

Implementation of this new system will affect the timeline for preparation and processing of grant proposals.  Faculty and graduate students seeking assistance should plan well ahead of time, and submit grant support requests at least 6 weeks prior to sponsor deadline. Proposals with sponsor deadlines of July 1-10 should be considered to have a deadline of June 14 to be reviewed and submitted on time by OPAS, as both SmartGrant and Kuali will not be in operation during the first 10 days of July.

Important Information

To receive ISSR support for your proposal submission, notify us at least one month in advance of the sponsor deadline to allow time for preparation, determination of submission timeline, review, and coordination with internal and online application systems.  

Our grant development manager provides proposal submission support for faculty and graduate students across the social sciences; proposals brought to her attention later than that will be handled as time constraints allow.  In the case of limited support availability, you may also request proposal support directly from the Office of Research Administration and Compliance, who have a dedicated staff to support proposal preparation and submission.  Contact them here: https://www.umass.edu/research/webform/request-proposal-development-support.

Pre-Award Grant Support

Grants Support Contact

For help with planning and submitting grants through ISSR, please Email Karen Mason or Email Sarah Vega-Liros.

 

Post-Award Grant Support

  • Pre-establishing accounts and setting up new awards
  • Guiding new principal investigators
  • Reviewing project budgets and expenditures
  • Rebudgeting
  • Preparing reports as needed and assisting with award close-out