Research Development

Research Development Staff

(413) 577-3725
Associate Director for Program Development
(413) 545-5529
Broader Impacts Specialist
(413) 545-5023
Proposal Development Specialist
(413) 545-4893
Office Manager
(413) 577-3726

About Research Development

The experienced team in the Office of Research Development offers a variety of services geared to help UMass Amherst faculty members initiate and expand sponsored support for research and scholarly activities. 

We aim to assist interdisciplinary, multi-investigator teams and individual faculty members at the very earliest stages of proposal development, often long before a funding opportunity has been released. 

Three broad types of Research Development services are:

Contact Us

Research Development works closely with the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (OGCA), the department responsible for submitting proposals to prospective sponsors.  For complete information about preparing your proposal for submission, please review the online guide “Proposal Submission Step-by-Step.”


Proposal Development

We offer early-stage proposal development assistance for interdisciplinary, multi-investigator teams and individual faculty members.  Research Development staff members are available to assist with:

  • Preliminary budgeting
  • Editing
  • Grantsmanship review
  • Multi-investigator proposal project management
  • Funding opportunity intelligence gathering
  • Broader impacts consulting
  • Institutional profiling (including training grant data tables)
  • Partnering across disciplines and institutions
  • And more...


Research Development Workshops & Programs

Research Development produces workshops, seminars, and programs intended to support faculty in all fields and at all professorial levels in meeting their research goals and competing for external funding. Programs are designed to be either complementary to or integrated with other faculty development offerings on campus.  Workshops and programs are largely faculty driven.  Faculty groups are encouraged to request a workshop, seminar or program to meet specific research needs.  Please see the complete workshop schedule and archives here.


Government Relations for Research

Aimed at building bridges to federal agencies and strengthening ties with congressional decision makers, Government Relations activities catalyze sponsored research.  Government Relations helps tap new sources of federal funding and increase the existing funding for strategically positioned research programs.  Activities include: coordination and oversight of Federal appropriations requests; tracking legislative issues; support for selected research initiatives through congressional and state legislative contact; and coordination with university personnel based in Washington D.C. Contact Research Development Government Relations staff.



For general Research Development inquiries, please contact Michelle Wonsey,, 413-577-3725

We are located at:
217 Arnold House
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

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