Research Development Workshops


Research Development supports an evolving program of faculty research development workshops, seminars, and peer-to-peer mentoring 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 and may involve agency and foundation program officers or academic experts.  They are organized on the basis of interest by specific groups of faculty, for clearly identified audiences, and tailored to specific needs. Faculty groups are encouraged to request a workshop, seminar or program to meet specific research needs.

Faculty Research Development Workshops, organized by the Office of Research Development, fall into four general categories:

Proposal Development  - increasing proposal writing skills - writing specific proposal sections - articulating broader impacts and research significance

Internal Grant Competitions  - improving success with UMass competitions - Faculty Research Grants - Public Service Endowment Grants - UMass President Creative Economy and Science and Technology Grants

Agency Relationship Building- learning about agency funding priorities - peer panels, agency speakers and intelligence gathering - communicating with program officers - pitching research, quad charts and other aids – working with industry

Investigator Initiated Workshops- assembling interdisciplinary research teams – setting long-term goals and preparing for major competitions - engaging in collaborative research ventures – organizing international projects

Some workshops are open to all faculty members and others are by invitation.

Dates and locations of specific workshops are listed below as they are scheduled.

For presentations from past workshops please click here.

Spring 2014 Research Development Workshops   


Winning Strategies for the NSF Career Proposal: Mock Panel with National Grant Writer Carol Inman

April 25, 2014             12:00 – 2:00 PM                   LSL 410
                              (Lunch will be served.)

Carol Inman, a grant writer and strategist for 25 years with a 90% "win-rate," will team with the Office of Research Development to give an overview of winning strategies for all NSF proposals, but especially the CAREER.   Workshop participants will review examples of successful and unsuccessful proposals and participate in a facilitated discussion of their strengths and weaknesses.  

Learn more about Carol Inman at 

Registration required.  Click here to register.  For more information, contact workshop organizer and co-presenter, Barbara Pearson ( 413.545.5023)