Armstrong Fund for Science

no-cost extensions will be granted to awardees who have experienced project delays related to COVID-19. To request an extension please fill out the form here.


The Armstrong Fund for Science was established in 2006 through a gift from John and Elizabeth Armstrong.  Its goal is to encourage faculty at UMass Amherst to pursue research that has a significant likelihood of major science or engineering impact. Grants of up to $40,000, for projects of up to two years, are made from this fund on an annual basis; they are administered by the Office of Research Development.

Program Priorities
The Armstrong Fund for Science is intended for faculty members with aggressive research visions, who are willing to challenge conventions in their field.  Grants from this program should be used to strategically expand one's research program by positioning it for large, extramural grants or key industrial partnerships.  The research should represent a new initiative: either a bold, new line of research, or the application of prior research to a field that has no precedent for it.  Junior faculty and women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged to apply. Proposals from senior faculty will be considered if they represent a new and somewhat risky direction for the faculty member’s research program.  Only projects in areas of strategic relevance to the campus will be funded.

Timeline for Limited Submission Application and Award Process

October 30: Pre-proposals due to the Office of Research Development.
December 5: Invitations to submit full proposals issued to applicants
February 5: Full proposals due to the Office of Research Development.
April 1: Awards announced.
Early August: Funds disbursed

How To Apply: 

Request for Proposals and application materials are available in a Box folder accessible here

Final Report: 

Awardees will be required to provide a final report at the end of the project.  
A public lecture or other means of public dissemination describing the results of the research is also required.

For More Information: 

Please contact:
Mary K. Green, MHS
Armstrong Fund for Science Program Administrator
Office of Research Development