Grant Funding & Policies

SBS encourages its faculty to apply for fellowships and grants that support their creative activities and research efforts. As noted by the Academy for Arts and Sciences, "The importance of social and behavioral science research to the nation’s economic and national security is enormous. Most of the problems we face benefit from research in these sciences. In addition, basic research in these sciences contributes to American innovation."

The Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Jennifer Lundquist, oversees the College Grants Program in collaboration with the Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), Laurel Smith-Doerr.

In addition, ISSR provides UMass social scientists with methodological training and consultation, assistance with grant writing, and free NVivo software.


Naomi Gerstel (information about SBS internal grants, policies related to course buy-outs, indirect costs and other university funding) 
Acting Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development & Distinguished Professor

Jennifer Lundquist (currently on sabbatical) 
Associate Dean of Research & Faculty Development, SBS
Professor of Sociology
(413) 545-5977

Laurel Smith-Doerr (resources and support with all externally-sponsored research)
Director of ISSR, Professor of Sociology
(413) 545-5983

E22 Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-5970
Fax: (413) 545-1925