The Public Service Endowment Grants (PSEG) are intended to enhance the mission of UMass Amherst as a Carnegie-classified "Engaged Research University." It is an internal University source of funds set aside to deliver public services through research and special projects. For the purposes of this program, public service will be defined as "having to do with the outreach of the University to society at large, extending the research and engagement resources of the campus to individuals and groups who are not part of the academic community while bringing an academic institution's special competence to bear on the solution of society's problems. It can take place on or off campus and can be related to either the governmental or private sectors of our national life. The emphasis on public service is in converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications."
Proposals should focus on collaborative partnerships and interactions with the off-campus community (or communities) and related scholarship for the mutual benefit, exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge and resources. Projects that will lead to competitive proposals for extramural support will be given the highest priority. The use of this non-renewable "seed" money award should leverage campus and community resources to solve a problem or build capacity at the university and/or in the community. Projects should create opportunity for sustained engagement after PSEG funding is expended.
For the 2019-2020 competition, the deadline is December 5, 2019. Notification of awards will be made by March 15, 2020. (Note: The grant cycle has been moved to earlier in the academic year to allow awards to be announced earlier and provide awardees more time for project planning prior to the start of the grant period on July 1, 2020.)
How To Apply:
The solicitation and application materials will be available here on October 1, 2019.
A Final Report Form on the outcomes and impact of your project, on the form provided, is due by August 31 of the year following the award.
For More Information:
Mary K. Green, MHS
Research Development Associate
Public Service Endowment Grant Administrator
Office of Research Development