Find Funding

Faculty Funding Databases

  • Grant Forward: UMass’s subscription-based faculty funding database lists many potential opportunities matched to your profile. Through the Funding Fridays, we provide support for how to best use this resource.
  • Foundation Directory Online: UMass’s subscription based faculty funding database through the LIbrary also offers potential opportunities. 
  • ISSR provides a curated database of foundation grant opportunities for faculty research; these are available in the Finding Funding block on the Funding Fridays Moodle. Faculty can contact Isabella Epshtein for a Zoom meeting to support your search for relevant opportunities.

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.

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.

More Faculty Grantseeking Tools

  • ORCID: Create your unique digital identifier to link publications, research and grants.
  • Grants Warehouse: You can search current (Kuali) or historical grants (Jordan Online) at the university, to understand where colleagues have found funding for their research.


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.

Finding Funding for Graduate Students

The Graduate School at UMass is a vital resource for graduate students and post-docs seeking research funding and fellowships. ISSR partners at the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development (OPD) have the expertise and tools to help you find the funding you need.