Sustainability Funding

UMass Amherst provide support for sustainability related ideas from students, faculty, and staff. 

Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund (SIEF)

The SIEF provides financial support to students, faculty, and staff with green ideas. 

Institute of Diversity Science (IDS) Seed Grant Program

IDS aims to spark new multidisciplinary research by providing preliminary funding that teams will leverage to seek larger external grants in the future. Winning teams will each receive up to $15,000 for 18-month projects. 

School of Earth & Sustainability (SES) Sustainability SEED Grant Program

Seed funding to advance inter- and trans-disciplinary sustainability research that can help eradicate inequity, enhance environmental and social justice, and build a more resilient future.

Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award from UMass Libraries

The Undergraduate Sustainability Research Award promotes in-depth understanding of sustainability topics, research strategies, and the use of library resources, providing participating students with vital skills they will carry into future academic and vocational endeavors.  The award is funded by the award-winning UMass Amherst Libraries’ Sustainability Fund.

UMass Innovation Challenge (UMass IC)

The UMass IC awards prizes each academic year though competitive events that are designed to help and reward UMass students and young alumni from any of the system’s five campuses who want to pursue a novel business idea and develop it into a marketable product.

Students planting peppers in the permaculture garden in holes surrounded by straw ground cover.