Seed Grants

ISSR supports several internal seed funds to help UMass researchers develop proposals for external backing. These opportunities welcome a range of social science research approaches, including, but not limited to, basic, applied, and community-engaged research. A strong preference is given to generating new research activities, such as a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Preference is also given to those projects that are likely to lead to external research funding.

SSEN Seed Grants

The Social Science & the Environment Network (SSEN) Seed Grants program aims to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative and interdisciplinary research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences and humanities.

SBS Grants Program

Faculty in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) may seek funding for research and travel, as well as awards for campus visitors and conferences.

For opportunities for faculty, all ranks of tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply, and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research may contact us to determine eligibility. Applications to more than one category of faculty award are allowed. The evaluation panel serving to review applications for these seed funding opportunities will be the SBS Dean’s Research Council.

Graduate School Grants & Fellowships

ISSR partners with the UMass Graduate School Office of Professional Development (OPD) to help students and post-docs find the research funding you need. Visit the OPD website and blog to access this tailored expertise and tools: