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Scholarly Activities Fund of the Retired 
Faculty Association
 UMass Amherst

Introduction
The ongoing scholarly activities of UMass Amherst Retired Faculty Association (RFA) members are being recognized with an opportunity to apply for funds. Awards are given for worthy projects that would enhance the scholarly or creative lives of their recipients, their intellectual community, and the university. Funds are entirely derived from the Provostís Office.  There are two different fund types: awards for specific projects and awards to support specialized software that the retiree needs to pursue their work and that is currently licensed by the university. An online application is required for either type of funding and can be found below. The maximum grant award for a project is $2,500. There is no specific dollar amount attached to specialized software grants.

Aim of the Fund
The aim of this fund (for both types of grants) is to provide financial assistance to support scholarly activities. Examples of appropriate activities for projects include, but are not limited to the following: 1) to present in a workshop, conference, or exhibition; 2) to study at a center with special collections or facilities for research; 3) to advance creative work, for example, on a book, article, film, musical, or theater performance; 4) to defray publication costs, research assistance and general purpose materials (including computer replacement).  Examples of specialized software include Adobe Cloud applications, scientific computational software, statistical analysis applications, and so forth. (Note that all retired faculty and librarians have automatic access to Microsoft Office applications and a VPN program. Additionally, retirees may apply through UMass IT for Foxit, an application that has all the functionality of Adobe Acrobat Pro.)

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
All members of the UMass Amherst Retired Faculty Association are eligible to apply for funds.

Applications for projects: Preference will be given to those applicants who do not have alternative institutional funding and who have not received such funding from the Scholarly Activities Fund in the previous year. Factors affecting application scores will include evidence of continuing or new scholarly or creative activity (or other appropriate activity, relevance of the proposed expenditure to that activity, participation in the Retired Faculty Association and having been retired for at least one year. Completion of the required final report for any previously funded activity is a prerequisite.

Applications for specialized software: Preference will be given to those applicants who demonstrate a compelling need for use of one or more of the specialized software programs licensed by the university for faculty and librarian use. Receipt of a specialized software grant will not negatively affect an application for a project. Note that requests for Adobe Cloud require an application and evaluation by the Scholarly Activities Committee. If you want only Adobe Acrobat Pro, a simpler application directly to UMass IT for Foxit is suggested. See the application process below for details.

Nonmember spouses or members fully employed in an academic institution are not eligible for this program. Funds will not pay for a PI salary but may offset the salary of a research assistant. Funds are available for computer replacement on a basis parallel to the terms of the existing MSP agreement. *

Travel expenses must comply with University requirements.**

*These are university purchases and must go through your college's business office.  See MSP contract for details: Computer Replacement Fund (Article 26.6.1.c).

** Review this how-to-guide to planning university related travel:
How to Register Your Travel on the Travel Registry

The Application Process
Both online applications require that you use your UMass account (@umass.edu). 

To apply for a specific project:

1. Log out of your personal @gmail.com account (if you are logged in).
2. The application is available at https://forms.gle/sWr42aLrc6iAqNMN6 
    When you click on the link, if you are not already signed in to your UMass account:

  1. You will see a Google page that asks you to choose an account. Choose your @umass.edu account.
  2. Then you will get a Google page asking you to sign in. Enter your UMass email. Click next.
  3. That will take you to the UMass Amherst log in page to enter your netID and password.

3. Fill the form and submit it.
4. Inquiries may be sent to retfac@umass.edu.

To apply for a specialized software:

1. Log out of your personal @gmail.com account (if you are logged in).
2. The application is available at https://forms.gle/cAfFWAx64iC1BKMx8 
    When you click on the link, if you are not already signed in to your UMass account:

  1. You will see a Google page that asks you to choose an account. Choose your @umass.edu account.
  2. Then you will get a Google page asking you to sign in. Enter your UMass email. Click next.
  3. That will take you to the UMass Amherst log in page to enter your netID and password.

3. Fill the form and submit it.
4. Inquiries may be sent to retfac@umass.edu.

To apply for Microsoft 365, VPN, or PDF editing software visit the UMass IT guide for retirees for information at  https://www.umass.edu/it/general/it-guide-retirees 

When to Submit
Applications of both types will be received continually and reviewed on a monthly review cycle from September to May. Applications received by the 15th of the month will be notified by the 15th of the following month. 

Submissions for projects may be prospective or retrospective, although filing before the scholarly activity/event occurs is encouraged. Retrospective applications (not more than 30 days) must meet the University requirements for timely submission of reimbursement (see below). Submissions for specialized software must be for current and future use as the award will add the applicant to an existing UMass software license.

Reimbursement
Presently, the University requires that applications for reimbursement be submitted within 30 days after the event. If later than 120 days, funds, if approved at all, would be dispersed as taxable income.

Scholarly Activities Committee (SAC)
The SAC designs, publicizes, and oversees the process of making awards from the Scholarly Activities Fund. Additionally, members of the SAC review applications and announce awards. The SAC receives reports of completed projects and shares results with appropriate campus units. SAC members are selected by the Executive Committee of the RFA. Membership in the SAC is for a three-year term and renewable. 

Members of the SAC:  September 1, 2023 
Barbara Partee, Chair partee@linguist.umass.edu
Michael Maroney mmaroney@chem.umass.edu
David Gross dgross@umass.edu
Donna Zucker donna@acad.umass.edu
Jarice Hanson jariceh@umass.edu
Julian Tyson tyson@chem.umass.edu

 
 

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