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.***
Fall 2015 Research Development Workshops
Applying to the Faculty Research Grant Program
The purpose of this workshop is to review the Faculty Research Grant application and eligibility guidelines, discuss the format and content of successful proposals, and answer questions about the submission and review process. The session will be led by Rick Taupier and Mary Fechner of the Office of Research Development and is intended also to identify and encourage good proposal writing strategies for internal and external grant proposals. Newer faculty and first time applicants are especially encouraged to attend. The deadline for fall 2015 applications for the Faculty Research Grant Program is September 11.