UMass ADVANCE Program Accepting Applications for Mutual Mentoring Grants

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The ADVANCE Program is seeking faculty proposals for the ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Team Grant Program for projects to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Priority mentoring areas include projects aimed at helping faculty build inclusive communities, engage in research collaboration and participate in shared decision-making. Team grants are faculty-driven, context-sensitive mentoring projects, orchestrated by teams that conceive and carry out their own project plans. ADVANCE provides support of up to $6,000 per award.

The UMass ADVANCE program is a five-year (2018-23) National Science Foundation (NSF) funded $3 million grant to support gender equity for faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a focus on collaboration. Specifically, the program aims to support collaboration and equity among faculty by gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity and nationality.

The mutual mentoring program aims to support faculty at a wide variety of career stages, in developing robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus. Mentoring grants are available to support networks comprised of four or more faculty and may include a mix of types and ranks of faculty. Priority mentoring areas include projects aimed at helping faculty build inclusive communities, engage in research collaboration, and participate in shared decision-making.

Proposals from full-time, tenure-track faculty and full-time lecturers who are on continuing appointments are welcome to apply. Proposals from faculty members in NSF-supported fields are particularly encouraged. All proposals must be led or co-led by a faculty from an NSF-supported field. For more information on proposal guidelines, go to umass.edu/advance/mutual-mentoring-guidelines.

Contact Donna Baron at dbaron@umass.edu with any questions about the ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring program.