Staff Contacts - Awards

Below are the staff contacts for award assistance:

Alene Denson Director 

  • US Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • US Department of State
  • World Bank
  • European Union

John Fillio (CRA) Assistant Director 

  • UMass Donahue Institute 
  • US Dept. of Transportation
  • USDA (APHIS, MIS, SEA, NIFA, CSRS, NRE Forest Service)
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Small Business Administration 

Clinton Campbell (MA, CRA) Senior Research Administrator

  • US Department of Defense (ARPA, Air Force, AFOSR, Army, Navy)
  • US Department of Interior (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Nat'l Biological Survey, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geological Survey)
  • US Department of Commerce (Econ. Dev. Admin., NIST, Nat'l Telecomm and Info Adm., NOAA)

Ryan Driscoll  (CRA) Senior Research Administrator

  • National Science Foundation - supporting College of Natural Sciences only 
  • US Department of Energy
  • NASA
  • Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)
  • Space Telescope Science institute - STScI
  • Institutes and Associations 
  • Quasi Government Agencies (GSA, Nat'l Research Council, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithsonian Institution, Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Pam Lester Senior Research Administrator 

  • National Science Foundation - supporting all schools and colleges except the College of Natural Sciences
  • Foundations and Organizations 

Sara Powers Senior Research Administrator 

  • DHHS/PHS (National Institutes of Health NIH, Health Resources and Services Admin., Food & Drug Administration, Agency for Health Care Policy) - supporting College of Natural Sciences only 
  • Health Agencies

Jason Reisfeld (JD, CRA) Senior Research Administrator

  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • US Department of Justice
  • US Department of Labor
  • US Department of Treasury
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Other States and Local Governments
  • Independent establishments (EPA, Inter-American Fdn, NEA, NEH, Office of Research & Dev., Peace Corps., Nuclear Reg. Commission, Securities & Exchange)

Saya Robison Senior Research Administrator 

  • DHHS/PHS (National Institutes of Health NIH, Health Resources and Services Admin., Food & Drug Administration, Agency for Health Care Policy) - supporting all schools and colleges except the College of Natural Sciences 
  • NIH Subawards

UMass Innovation Institute - (413) 577-8644

Kathryn Ellis, Director

The UMass Innovation Institute’s services for faculty include the following:

  • Research business development and strategic research planning
  • Securing industry collaborations and setting up funding mechanisms
  • Handling business negotiations and teaming agreements with collaborators
  • Facilitating connections to investors and entrepreneurs
  • Enabling access to University facilities for outside users (Core Facilities)
  • Supporting research compliance based on the requirements for the particular project
  • Identifying potential researchers for projects