Subvention Program

The Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement’s Subvention Program assists faculty members with the cost of producing books and scholarly publications and with the cost of producing creative work by faculty members in the visual and performing arts. Subvention funds may be paid directly to a vendor or sponsor or may also be paid to the faculty member as reimbursement.

Requests for subvention typically exceed the funding available from this program so faculty members are encouraged to pursue support from their departments and other available sources, preferably before applying for this funding.


  • UMass Amherst faculty having tenure-track, tenured, or emeritus status may apply.
  • All eligible works must be complete at the time of application, e.g., accepted manuscript, mixed and edited master recording, finished paintings or sculpture, etc. 
  • Work may cover any discipline and may be in any language.
  • Publications must be scholarly works written solely by the faculty member. Exceptions will be considered in fields where multiple authors are common. Creative works must be produced/performed solely by the faculty member or a multi-artist work in which the faculty member is featured prominently.
  • Subvention support is available once in a three-year period. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply without prejudice.
  • Faculty members who are on leave without pay, whose appointments are not being renewed, or who will resign their appointments at the end of the current academic year may not apply.
  • Faculty members who have or will receive a cash advance or royalties for the work from the publisher/producer/organizer are ineligible. 
  • Subvention recipients may not be an agent or employee of the work’s publisher/producer/organizer. 

Subvention funds will not support:

  • The publication of textbooks.
  • Re-publication, reissuance, re-exhibition, re-performance, etc., of work.
  • Routine author/creator activities including, but not limited to, indexing; copyediting; the purchase of copies, and page or reprint costs of articles in professional journals. 
  • Works covered by a contract that contains conditions (e.g. legal, financial, or compliance-related) deemed unacceptable by the university.

Funding Priorities

The Subvention Review Committee will take into consideration:

  • Works that figure prominently in promotion and tenure decisions.
  • Faculty members who have not previously received subvention support.
  • Elements that may contribute to unusually high subvention costs, e.g., artwork, images, special production aspects, distance to exhibition site, etc.
  • The significance of the press, recording company, venue, etc., to the subject area of the work.

Support Acknowledgement

All works supported by the Subvention Program must include in the acknowledgements section of the book, program, cover, etc., “Financial support was provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, University of Massachusetts Amherst.”

How To Apply: 

Faculty members who request subvention funds must complete an application packet, which includes:

  1. The program Cover Sheet
  2. A proposal narrative. A concise description of the book or creative project which explains the work’s significance to the discipline or field, its role in your larger research/creative agenda, why and for what specific purpose(s) subvention funds are required. Describe and explain the reason for any out of the ordinary expenses. Excerpts from reader reports, reviews, etc., may be included.
    Maximum length: two pages.
  3. A budget. Prepare a budget that estimates the work’s total production costs, including costs of the specific items for which subvention support is requested. List the other sources of support that will make up the balance of the production cost and whether they are confirmed or pending.
    Maximum length: one page.
  4. The contract and any pertinent documentation from the publisher, producer, or sponsor of creative activity.  Translation of documents not written in English is required.
  5. A brief CV.

Items 1-5 above should be combined into a single PDF and sent via email to Michelle Wonsey, Office of Research Development by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.


For More Information: 

Please contact Michelle Wonsey in the Office of Research Development at 577-3726 or