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.***

Summer 2015 Research Development Workshops   



Guggenheim Fellowship Workshop
DATE: July 17, 2015 
TIME: 12:00PM to 2:00 PM
LOCATION: ISB room 145

Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation are one of the most coveted and prestigious awards that a scholar, scientists, or artist can receive. These mid-career awards are open to any academic discipline and the arts.

At this workshop, UMass faculty members who have received Guggenheim Fellowships themselves will offer advice about navigating the deceptively simple application process, including preparation of the project proposal and career narrative and selection of references.

The deadline for Guggenheim applications is in mid-September, and application materials will become available in July, so it’s neither too soon nor too late to start working on your application. The workshop will be led by John McCarthy, Vice-Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, and a former Guggenheim Fellow.

Click here to register.