The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Associate Professor Research Leave Grant

We anticipate up to two grants per year. Ideally, this grant will be attached to a one-semester sabbatical, effectively providing the recipient with a full year’s leave and limiting the service burden on the department. Each grant recipient will receive: 1) Semester-long release from teaching, with departments compensated by the college; 2) Departmental and college service leave for one semester; and 3) A research stipend up to $3500.
Grant Eligibility
These grants are open to full-time tenure system SBS Associate Professors and are intended to promote the development and sustenance of research that will lead to promotion to Professor and continued scholarly achievement. Preference will be given to faculty who have been at the rank of Associate Professor for five or more years and those whose progress towards promotion has been constrained by significant service obligations. Because of the departmental commitment of a service release and teaching replacement, the department chair must endorse the proposal and must be involved in determining the timing of the release time. Criteria for the grant will include a credible research plan, justification of the budget requested, and convincing evidence that the grant will assist the associate professor in their path towards promotion to full Professor within three years.
Grant Timeline
The yearly deadline for applications is mid-October. The upcoming deadline is October 14, 2022. Recipients will be announced by December 1, 2022.
Application Criteria
Applications must include the applicant's Short CV and a Proposal Narrative and Budget. Applications will include evidence that the grant would assist the applicant in research and professional development and a suitable budget. The proposal narrative should not exceed three single-spaced pages, though additional pages may be used for a bibliography if one is needed. A budget should be on a separate and final page of the proposal narrative. Please note that incomplete or noncompliant proposals may be ruled ineligible and eliminated from the pool.
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