The University of Massachusetts Amherst

M2M Membership Benefits

M2M Theme Member Benefits

Theme Activity/Research Funds

Each Research Theme is given a discretionary budget of $10,000 per year to support collaborative research that furthers the strategic goals of the Research Themes.  Funds may be used towards seed funding, training opportunities, and/or other mechanisms to support collaborative theme research.

This may also include hosting visits with potential industry partners, co-hosting seminar speakers, or facilitating internal meetings and events of or across Research Themes.

To access theme funds, please contact your Theme Leader. More information on the M2M Research Themes can be found here: m2m/research-themes

Research Funding Opportunities for IALS Faculty

IALS Midigrants

The IALS midigrant is designed to be a flexible seed fund mechanism up to $20,000 to enable new translational research and explore new collaborations within IALS. All active faculty members of IALS may apply for funds. To apply, please visit:

Manning/IALS Innovation Awards

The Manning/IALS Innovation Awards provide seed funding up to $100,000 per award. These awards are designed to help advance UMass Amherst translational and applied R&D through the development of startup companies or the out-licensing of UMass IP.

Significant funding for this program comes from a gift from the Manning Family Foundation, and from the IALS Seed fund program. Additional contributions come from the College of Natural Sciences, the Berthiaume Center, the Isenberg School of Management, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

To apply, please visit:


Core Facilities Benefits

Additional Core Resources

M2M invests $50,000 in the Core Facilities per year towards supporting M2M faculty research through:

  • Core Facilities Pilot Funding. Flexible funds are available for new projects, and pilot experiments using the Cores.
  • M2M Core User Training Funds. M2M will subsidize the training rate at all 31 Core Facilities for Core users (faculty, students, and postdocs) that are members of an M2M faculty research lab.
  • Core Equipment Maintenance and New Acquisitions. To ensure M2M research can remain on the cutting edge.

Funds are managed centrally by the UMass Core Facilities. To access these funds, please reach out to Andrew Vinard at

M2M Support for Student Training

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

To help support the IALS mission to contribute to biomedical workforce development in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, M2M is investing in applied STEM research opportunities for UMass undergraduates through sponsorship of ten undergraduate student research positions (10-week programs) in each of the following programs:

Other Student Support

NIH PREP Program Summer Stipends. In 2021 and 2022, M2M has committed funding to provide summer salary support for students participating in the UMass NIH PREP Program.



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