The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Upcoming Award and Grant Application Deadlines

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As the semester starts up, don’t forget about the many research funding opportunities that abound!

Questions? Contact Naomi Gerstel, Acting Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development. 

Upcoming UMass and SBS Opportunities

In order of deadline.

Faculty Research Grant (FRG) 
Provides up to $15,000 to support research projects. Preference for pre-tenure faculty. 
Next Deadline: Sept 14, 2018 |  Apply 
(Spring Deadline: February 8, 2019)

SBS Research Support Grant
Provides up to $7,000 per Principal Investigator; up to $14k if two SBS depts. All levels of SBS tenure track faculty and research-appointed lecturers are eligible to apply.
Next Deadline: October 12, 2018  |  Apply

SBS Speaker Visit or On-campus Conference Grant
Brings in a speaker or colleague to campus or host a conference or workshop on campus. Up to $2,000 support with a 1-1 match from other sources. All faculty eligible to apply.
Next Deadline:  October 12, 2018 and March 15, 2019 |  Apply

Seed Grants from the Institute of Diversity Sciences
These grants will go toward supporting new collaborative projects between colleagues from different departments at UMass researching the science of human diversity.
Next Deadline: November 1, 2018 |  Apply

Research Development Award or Professional Development Awards for Full-Time Non-Tenure System Faculty
These are new awards that launched this year. Award amounts will vary.
Next Deadline: November 1, 2018 |  Apply

ISSR Scholars Grant-Writing Fellowship 
Provides a course release to participate in a year-long seminar with grant preparation support and funds for consultation with nationally-recognized scholars. 
Applications for 2019-2020 open in December.

Faculty Mentoring Group Funds
SBS will provide additional funding for successful TEFD team mentoring grants that support the career advancement of our faculty. Past group types have been by rank (an Associate Professor group, Senior Lecturers, etc.), by minority status, and by research topic.
Deadline: TBA |  Learn more

SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award
Recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research with plaque and $1,000 prize. All levels of SBS tenure track faculty are eligible to be nominated.
Deadline: March 8, 2019 |  Apply

The Public Service Endowment Grant
Provides up to $15,000 to promote practical application and community engaged research. All faculty eligible to apply.
Deadline: TBA  | Learn more
Suggest an SBS Social Science Matters Speaker
SBS sponsors visits from high profile social science scholars each year. You can submit speaker suggestions that fit the college criteria here.

Join an SBS Faculty Research Group
Faculty in the College run a number of dynamic, active working groups that are open to new members, here.

Other University Funding

If you are looking for general information on internal funding, start at the University's Office of Research and Engagement. Additional internal funding opportunities include:


For upcoming external funding calls, check ISSR’s webpage which posts rolling grant agency and foundation funding calls.
The UMass Foundation Relations Office (CFR) sends out monthly newsletters with upcoming foundation funding announcements. Sign up to be on their mailing list at