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 2015 Research Development Workshops   


Research Computing for Social Scientists
Date/Time: 02/13/2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Hadley Room, Campus Center 10th Floor

Research Computing encompasses many of the most important skills, tools and resources drawn upon in contemporary social science. From PhD students just beginning their training to senior faculty looking to expand upon the toolkit used in their established research agendas, understanding the myriad research computing resources available to social scientists on campus can be critical to successful scholarship. In this event, organized by the Institute for Social Science Research and co-sponsored with the Office of Research Development, representatives from organizations on campus will present the many resources and opportunities available to graduate students and faculty through their respective organizations. The event will include a 30min lunch, then a brief presentation from each of four panelists, followed by a 30-40min Q&A. The objective is to provide social scientists with a comprehensive overview of research computing resources and opportunities available on campus. Panelists represent the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Cluster (MGHPCC). Resources and opportunities discussed will include software and methods instruction and assistance (ISSR); hardware, data storage and management (OIT); and high performance computing resources (MGHPCC).

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here to register.

NSF Information Session: Intellectual Merits and Broader Impacts in Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences

Date/Time: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00pm
Location: Massachusetts Room at Mullins Center

In an event co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Office of Research Development, Maryann Feldman, NSF Program Officer for the Science of Science and Innovation Policy (SciSIP) program, will present information about NSF funding opportunities in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) sciences.

*lunch will be provided

Registration is required. Click here to register.