Budget Justification. A well-developed budget is accompanied by a budget explanation. A complete and realistic budget justification demonstrates that your project is well conceived.

Updated Guidance on Research Support and Foreign Affiliation Disclosures Required by Federal Research Agencies - Email from Dan Sacco, Sr. Associate Director, Research Compliance - 5/13/21

Campus Announcement: Changes to Research and Libraries Operations for Summer and Fall 2021, Update #2 - 5/4/21

NOTE: An update to #5 as of 5/6/21 - Based on new guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, international students who are inoculated with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (currently AstraZeneca, J&J, Moderna, and Pfizer) will satisfy the UMass requirement for vaccinations.  Arriving students who have not received a vaccine or who have received a vaccine not approved by the WHO will need to follow Massachusetts guidelines for quarantine that are in place at the time of arrival.  More information and updates will be available in the campus COVID-19 Frequently asked Questions.

Core Facilities at UMass Amherst. State-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, training and world-class experts are here to help drive discovery and pursue scientific endeavors on the front line of innovation in Life Sciences; Cellular, Molecular, and Animal Sciences; Manufacturing, Engineering, and Material Sciences; and Human Health. Join us to learn more at our bi-weekly seminar series.

We have received several responses to an earlier query indicating an interest in organizing in-person research activities this summer such as the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, similar NIH programs, or other activities. Please review the guidelines in an email sent on March 22, 2021

Note: The guidelines are subject to change with respect to COVID-19 health and safety as the public health situation warrants but should let you begin planning.

Posted 3/22/21

Award Processing Timeline. Use this guide to help you anticipate the processing time of your award through the Office of Post-Award Management (OPAM) to the Controller’s Office.

RLOP faculty leads and faculty backup leads who are not regularly coming to campus can be exempted from COVID-19 testing by emailing

Changes in other RLOP personnel (students, staff, post-docs) should still be accomplished via the RLOP Personnel Change Request Form. This process ensures that the Public Health Promotion Center testing lists remain current as to participants who are on-site for RLOP activities. Check the UMass Asymptomatic Testing site for whom testing is required.

For assistance, please email


Please review the campus email sent on 2/19/21: Change to COVID-19 Elevated Risk and RLOP Activities

Mount Ida Innovation and Collaboration Space. The Mount Ida campus of UMass Amherst is a hub for innovation, connecting research and industry. It was established by UMass Amherst and the UMass Innovation Institute (UMII) to connect early-stage companies with our campus, the Commonwealth’s largest public research university. The collaborative workspace is also open for use by UMass Amherst departments that have a need for office or touchdown space in the Boston area. For more info, contact

Please view the campus email from 1/27/21 for more information.

Effective January 2021, the Executive Level II salary cap level is $199,300 (12-m). Details can be found here:

Monthly Sponsored Activity Reports. Did you know that each month we post summaries of sponsored activity for proposals and awards by department and sponsor to our site?

Research & Engagement is providing a simplified approach to update the Research & Libraries Operating Plans (RLOP) if there are personnel-only changes. PIs and other RLOP lead investigators can add or remove personnel on existing teams in an active RLOP (original or v. 2.0) using an RLOP Personnel Change form. R&E staff will make the necessary changes to the RLOP’s personnel lists. R&E Information Technology has created a searchable Tableau dashboard of Participants by RLOP by Team that allows RLOP leads to obtain their current participant lists easily.

See full email here.

Research Accounting in the Controller’s Office. The Research Accounting area manages the billing, reporting, and accounting of awards for grant and contract programs on the UMass Amherst campus.

The 2020 Report on Research is now in circulation! View online or as a PDF.