Armstrong Fund for Science

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, which may be spread over two years, are made from this fund on an annual basis; they are administered by the Office of Research Development.

Priorities for the Use of the Funds

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 15: Pre-proposals (new for 2018-2019 cycle) due to the Office of Research Development.

November 15: Invitations to submit full proposals issued to applicants

January 10: Full proposals due to the Office of Research Development.

Early March: Awards announced.

Early August: Funds will be disbursed annually for each year of funding

How To Apply: 

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: 

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