Faculty Research Grant/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG)

Resources from the Internal Funding Opportunities Information Session, September 22, 2023 (includes Faculty Research Grant, VCRE Subvention Program, Armstrong Fund for Science, and Public Service Endowment Grants):

Program Description

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Office of Research Development, under the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, administers the Faculty Research/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG) program. This internal grant program promotes research, scholarly, and creative activities in all disciplines and fields. The program supports projects that will lead to the production of publications or creative works, attract external funding, increase competitiveness for awards, and enhance faculty recipients’ reputation and research profile. The FRG program does not support projects that are focused primarily on education, such as program development or equipment for laboratories, since those can be supported by other sources. (Projects that are focused on educational research are eligible for consideration.) Projects are encouraged that involve undergraduate and graduate students when their involvement is integral to the anticipated outcomes of the proposed project. Community-engaged research projects may include a community collaborator.


The purpose of the FRG Program is to provide seed funding to fuel innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors with strong potential for:

  • Achievements consistent with the highest standards of accomplishment in the PI’s field
  • Significant extramural funding from federal and state sponsors, corporations, industry partners, and foundations
  • Recognition for excellence within the PI’s discipline and beyond

The FRG program encourages proposals for projects involving research, scholarship, and creative works in all disciplines from:

  • Early career faculty members initiating new projects
  • Mid-career faculty members in pursuit of new directions
  • Mid-career faculty members seeking to revitalize an ongoing program after a gap in productivity. Gaps may be due to:
    • A period of exceptional commitment to departmental, university, and professional service
    • Heavy teaching loads in the last three to six years
    • Personal or family circumstances

Priority will be given to meritorious proposals from applicants with little or no extramural funding.


  • Eligible PIs will be full-time UMass Amherst faculty members whose appointments extend beyond the current academic year
  • Eligible faculty may submit only one proposal per year as PI but may serve as a collaborator on multiple projects

Faculty members are not eligible if:

  • They have received two previous FRG awards
  • They have not submitted a final report for a previous award. Final reports for previous awards must be submitted and accepted prior to submission of a new proposal (Final Report Form is available below)
  • They have more than $40,000 in unrestricted, uncommitted funds

If you have questions about your eligibility status, contact ord@umass.edu.


The maximum award request is $20,000.


Applications open: September 25, 2023
Deadline for submission: Extended to November 15, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. (previously October 30, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.)
Notification of awards: Spring 2024
Award start date: July 1, 2024
Award end date: June 30, 2025

One no-cost extension will be granted to awardees who experience project delays. To request an extension, please fill out the form here.

How To Apply: 

Final Report: 

All recipients of the Faculty Research Grant/Healey Endowment Grant (FRG/HEG) are required to submit a final report within 90 days of project completion.

For More Information: 

Please email ord@umass.edu.