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. Applications may include requests for hiring a research assistant, research-related travel, supporting funds for a sabbatical project, augmenting a larger project submitted to the Faculty Research Grants (FRG) program, etc. Please include in the application whether this will be part of a larger project funded by or submitted as a proposal to the FRG or some other source of internal or external funding.

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.). The proposal narrative should be no longer than 1,500 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. Research grants may include travel costs that are required for the conduct of the research project, such as meeting with a collaborator, data collection, or archival research. Regular conference presentation travel should be supported by departmental professional development funds.

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 If you are a newly hired faculty member with start-up funds for research, your application will receive lower priority. Applicants with start-up funds or other grant funding must make a strong case for how those funds are insufficient for the proposed project. 

We strongly 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. Applicants who have been funded by SBS more recently will receive lower priority.

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.


SBS Research Grants Past Recipients