The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Research Support Grants

SBS Research Support Grants are intended to generate new research activity among tenure track faculty at all ranks and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research. 

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lundquist, Senior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development.



  • Applications may include requests for hiring a research assistant, other research related costs, supporting funds for a sabbatical project, augmenting a larger project submitted to the Faculty Research Grants (FRG) program, etc. 
  • In the proposal narrative, please describe:
    • The research activities for which you are requesting support;
    • The significance of the research and anticipated career gains (e.g., resources developed, collaborations, publications, sponsored research submissions, etc.);
    • Specifically how your research agenda has been negatively affected by the pandemic (you can simply upload your Pandemic Impact Statement from the AFR with a brief update if necessary in the proposal).
  • The proposal narrative should be no longer than 2,000 words. 
  • Indicate what potential sources of extramural funding this seed funding will allow you to seek. Otherwise, if the research proposal is not conventionally externally-fundable, describe why not and how the research generated will be beneficial.  
  • Include a budget.
  • Indicate the date and title for the most recent five years of research support grants, start-up funding and fellowships you have received (if any) from the university, college, foundations and/or government agencies
  • Applicants with start-up funds or other grant funding must make a strong case for how those funds are insufficient for the proposed project.
  • Applicants who have been funded by SBS more recently will receive lower priority.
  • We encourage interdisciplinary proposals from PIs representing two SBS departments, in which case the request can be up to a maximum of $14,000. If one PI for an interdisciplinary proposal is from another college, the other college will need to match the SBS level of support; a letter indicating this should accompany the proposal.
  • Direct salary supplementation and use of the funds to support additional course releases are not allowable under this program.
  • If you have previously received an SBS research grant, briefly describe the results of that research project and the funding proposals/grants it generated.

SBS Research Grants Past Recipients