The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SBS Research Development Award

These awards 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 5 or more years and those whose progress towards promotion has been constrained by significant service obligations. We anticipate up to two awards per year. Ideally, this award will be attached to a one-semester sabbatical, effectively providing the awardee with a full year’s leave and limiting the service burden on the department. Each award 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.
There is one award cycle per year, with applications due November 1st. The award recipient(s) will be announced by December 1st. Because of the departmental commitment of a service release and teaching replacement, the department chair must endorse the proposal. Criteria for the award will include a credible research plan, justification of the budget requested, and convincing evidence that the award will assist the associate professor in their path towards promotion to full Professor within three years.
Applications will include evidence that the award would assist the applicant in research and professional development and a suitable budget. The narrative should not exceed three single-spaced pages (additional pages may be used for a bibliography, if one is needed). A budget and budget narrative should be on a separate and final page of the project description. Applications should also include a CV. Please note that incomplete or noncompliant proposals may be ruled ineligible and eliminated from the pool.
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