Staff Contacts for Proposals

When preparing proposals for submission, please notify the appropriate Office of Pre-Award Services (OPAS) staff member from the list below. 

Office of Pre-Award Services (OPAS)

Jim Ayres (CRA), Director, Office of Pre-Award Services (OPAS) - (413) 577-1594

  • Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA)

  • Industry under DOD prime awards/proposals

  • Other Colleges & Universities under DARPA prime awards/proposals

OPAS Proposal Development 

OPAS Review and Submission

Sarah Vega-Liros (CRA) Senior Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-7559

Laura Bergantino Pre-Award Research Administrator  - (413) 545-5786

Linda Downs-Bembury Pre-Award Research Administrator  - (413) 545-5258

Andressa Gutierrez Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-5216

Brian Kearns Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-4653

Dot Morua-Fernandes Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 577-3790

Marcia Day (MPA, CRA) Senior Pre-Award Research Administrator  - (413) 545-0674

  • U.S. Department of Interior (Bureau of Indian Affairs, Geological Survey, Nat'l Biological Survey, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

  • U.S. Agency for International Development

  • Other Sponsors (individuals, foreign governments, etc.)

​Ellen Bitzer Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-6212

  • U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development

  • U.S. Department of Justice

  • U.S. Department of Labor

  • U.S. Department of State

  • U.S. Department of Treasury

  • Foundations and other non-profits

  • Institutes and Associations

Kimberly Lowney Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-0674

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) for departments within the the colleges of Engineering; Humanities & Fine Arts; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the schools of Education, Management; Nursing; and Public Health & Health Sciences

  • U.S. Department of Commerce (Econ. Dev. Admin., Nat'l. Telecomm and Info Admin., NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology)

  • U.S. Department of Defense (Air Force, AFOSR, Army, Navy - not DARPA or Industry with Prime DoD)

  • U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Quasi Gov't (GSA, Nat'l Research Council, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Smithsonian Institution, Holocaust Memorial Museum)

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Other States, Local Governments

  • Other Colleges & Universities under DOD prime awards/proposals (not DARPA Prime)

Mary Santos Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-9878

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) only for departments in the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Information and Computer Sciences

  • Independent Establishments (EPA, Inter-American Foundation, NASA, NEA, NEH, Office of Research & Dev., Peace Corps, SBA, Nuclear Reg. Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission)

Sara Santos Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-0699

  • DHHS/PHS (Nat'l. Institutes of Health-NIH, Health Resources and Services Admin., Food & Drug Admin., Agency for Health Care Policy, Head Start Program); supporting all schools and colleges except the College of Natural Sciences

  • U.S. Department of Education

  • U.S. Department of Energy

  • U.S. Dept of Homeland Security

  • Health Agencies

  • Other Colleges & Universities (except proposed subcontracts when any DoD is the prime); supporting all schools and colleges except the College of Natural Sciences

James Warren Pre-Award Research Administrator - (413) 545-5898

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture  (APHIS, MIS, SEA, CREES, CSRS, NRE Forest Service)

  • DHHS/PHS (Nat'l. Institutes of Health-NIH, Health Resources and Services Admin., Food & Drug Admin., Agency for Health Care Policy, Head Start Program); supporting College of Natural Sciences only

  • Other Colleges & Universities (except proposed subcontracts when any DoD is the prime); supporting College of Natural Sciences only

UMass Innovation Institute - (413) 577-8644

  • Industry (except Prime Federal)

  • Industry Prop & Awards (P&As)