Apply for a PCAR Pilot Grant! Application Deadline: 1/20/2024!!


  • Awards of $50,000 (no indirect) 
  • Awardees may apply for post-award for open-source publishing and conference fees as funds are available; reviewed on a rolling basis 


  • UMass Amherst faculty in the Colleges of Engineering (COE) and Natural Sciences (CNS) are eligible  
  • Proposals should have an CoE or CNS PI with an investigator from another college (e.g., CNS, Isenberg, CICS, SBS, and others) 
  • co-PIs are limited to ONE pilot grant proposal submission 

Grant Application  

  • Formatting requirement: 12-point font with 1” margins  
  • Proposal title and Project team 
  • 1- Page Overview 
  • Must include:  
  • A project abstract 
  • The significance and impact of the work/scholarship for the disciplines involved and for multidisciplinary research, and for the research team involved 
  • The expected outcomes of the proposed work 
  • A description of how the proposed work supports atmospheric research (sensing, climate, weather), and/or weather/climate information systems that can lead to societal benefits. 
  • 2-Page Narrative must include: 
    • a description of work 
    • Timeline 
    • plans for future external sponsorship and targeting of external agencies or sponsors for continued funding 
    • advancement of diversity, inclusion, and equity 
    • budget justification 
    • and a short CV for each PI (2-page maximum) 
    • Please submit your application to: @email

Fund Uses  

  • Funds can be used for: graduate and undergraduate student wages, stipends, fees (graduate students funding includes a tuition waiver for the support from the seed grant); they cannot support faculty salary or course buyout 
  • Funds can be used for: non-conference, research related travel, equipment expenses, materials, supplies, and core facility use 
  • The Paros center can make a limited number of Paros infrasound and pressure sensors available as part of the grant request at no cost additional cost.  

Review Process 

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the committee and selected based on: intellectual merit of the proposal, integration of the teaming between departments, ability to support future collaborations, impact on Atmospheric Research and information systems, and how they advance diversity, inclusion, and equity 

Award Conditions  

  • 1 Year Award and all funds must be used within the 1-year award period (no extensions)   
  • Project summary and presentation at Center annual review, join and present at center member meetings once per semester, presentation at Center yearly symposium 
  • Ensure acknowledgement of funding in publications and report back to center publications, grant submissions, and grant awards that result from award  
  • Faculty may be PI on only one active pilot grant at a time from the Center, and are not eligible to submit another proposal until all reporting requirements have been met from prior center awards