M2M Membership Benefits

M2M Theme Member Benefits

IALS Translational Graduate Student Fellowship

IALS Research Centers (CBD, CPHM, M2M) have generously offered to provide one year of funding for graduate students who have completed their 2nd year or beyond to support relevant translational research projects.

Funding will be awarded as a one-year fellowship starting Fall 2024 at 20 hours per week, Applications should be received by the deadline of March 31st, and will be reviewed by the Center Steering Committee and Industry partners, and then ranked for final decision by Center & IALS Leadership. Learn more  

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

BioRender Premium-Free Access for M2M Affliliated Labs

All Models to Medicine Center affiliated labs have free access to BioRender Premium, thanks to the support derived from IALS-tagged grants to the center and the support of the M2M Steering Committee. This is a great resource to help create graphics, enhance visual communications, stand out from others, and improve figures for grants/manuscripts.

For more information and to register:

For this pilot program, access is only for M2M faculty, the non-undergraduate members of their labs (post docs, grad students, permanent staff, etc.) and the Core Facilities directors, to assist in making helpful graphics for faculty. Please reach out to ialscenters@umass.edu if you have any questions. For IT support with BioRender, please email support@biorender.com.

To gain premium access at University of Massachusetts Amherst - Models to Medicine Center, please sign up or login (if you already have an account) through https://app.biorender.com/portal/umassa

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. 

Mission of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences

The mission of IALS is to translate fundamental research into innovative product candidates, technologies, and services that deliver benefits to human health and well-being. 

What is Translation?

Translation is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.

To apply, please visit: https://www.umass.edu/ials/funding-benefits

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: umass.edu/ials/funding-benefits

DNA-Encoded Library Screening-Funding Opportunity

The Models to Medicine Center is announcing funding for up to five pilot projects focused on DNA-encoded library screening

The successful applicants will embark on projects aimed at discovering novel chemical compounds with therapeutic potential by leveraging DNA-encoded libraries at WuXi DELopen libraries. 

To learn more and apply, please visit: umass.edu/m2m/dna-encoded-library-screening


Core Facilities Benefits

Core Facilities Funding Opportunities

IALS Research Centers (CBD, CPHM, M2M) have generously offered to contribute incentive funds to stimulate novel uses of the Core Facilities as well as subsidize training for student users.

All active faculty members of IALS and Core Facility Directors can initiate a request for funds. 

  • Small equipment (including new instruments or enhancements to existing instruments)
  • Materials/operational costs for validation of new service lines, or expansion of existing service lines to users new to a technique 
  • Consultation fees (including engaging external partners)

To access student training funds, please consult with the Core Facility that would be providing training. 

Core Directors and/or faculty can initiate a request for funds by filling out this formbit.ly/coreFundingOpps

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 avinard@umass.edu.

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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