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Funding Opportunities

Internal Seed Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation is pleased to announce this year's Internal Seed Funding Program. The goal of this program is to support faculty: (a) in developing multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative efforts leading to sustainable research and scholarship; (b) in generating preliminary results and supporting innovative ideas leading to external funding and long term success; and (c) in generating high quality scholarship and creative work leading to external recognition and long term success. Proposals that involve collaborations across multiple colleges/schools are particularly encouraged to apply.

The budget for submitted proposals should not exceed $10,000. Please see guidelines for complete proposal requirements: Guidelines for 2017 Internal Seed Grants (pdf).

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UMass lowell S&T Proposal Development Funds

Each year, the UMass President's Office calls for proposals for the UMass Science and Technology Initiatives Fund (S&T).  These investments catalyze research collaborations that strengthen the University and bring economic benefit to the Commonwealth. Competitive proposals demonstrate campus commitment and priority and build multi-campus, multi-university and university-industry networks that broaden the reach of the University in the state and beyond.

Funds are available from the UMass Lowell Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation to develop S&T proposals that originate from the UMass Lowell campus. Awards of up to $1000 are available to support travel and meeting costs for collaborative teams from UMass Lowell and other UMass campuses, universities in Massachusetts, industry partners, and non-profit organizations to develop S&T proposals.  It is expected that each awarded group will submit a proposal (with UMass Lowell as the lead institution) to the system-wide S&T call within 2 years of receiving proposal development funds.

Proposal development requests should be consistent with the goals and criteria of the S&T Fund, which include:  a focus on high quality science and technology, potential for leveraging substantial outside funding (federal, state, industry), collaboration among UMass campuses and/or with other Massachusetts academic and research institutions, collaboration with Massachusetts industry, potential economic impact on the state, and the presence of strong project leadership.  Projects that involve new collaborations of UMass Lowell faculty across colleges are particularly encouraged.


  • Proposal: Provide a 2-page narrative that includes:
    • Names of the project lead(s) and other UMass Lowell researchers involved
    • A brief outline of the intellectual focus and goals of the S&T proposal you intend to develop
    • Names and affiliations of potential partners that will be invited to participate in the proposal development
    • A timeline for the proposal development activities
  • Budget: Provide a one-page budget request that outlines how the funds will be used.
  • Deadline: September 30, 2017 (5 p.m. EDT)
  • Submit to: Email your request to

Creative Economy Initiatives Fund

The University of Massachusetts President's Office is pleased to announce the 2017 Creative Economy Initiatives Fund. Established in 2007, and intended to complement the President's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund, the Creative Economy Fund demonstrates a continued commitment to maintaining the University's central role in the social, cultural and economic development of the Commonwealth and directly supports the strategic goals of strengthening and expanding the University's research and service contributions.

The Creative Economy Fund recognizes the contributions of the arts, humanities and social sciences to the life of the Commonwealth. Through its support, the Fund seeks to add to the cultural and creative resources of the Commonwealth, improve the State's overall quality of life (thereby making Massachusetts a more attractive place to live and invest), and raise the University's level of community engagement. Funding may also support projects aimed at improving local, state, national or international policy-making, be combined in a larger existing or planned effort, or be used in the search for additional support and broader partnerships.

To apply for the 2017 Creative Economy award, please note the following internal deadlines:

Please see the 2017 Creative Economy Announcement for criteria and guidelines.

Science and Technology Initiatives Fund

The University of Massachusetts President's Office is pleased to announce the 2017 Science and Technology (S&T) Initiatives Fund. The fund represents President Meehan's commitment to building upon the University's position as a world-class research enterprise that not only focuses on basic research, solving the problems of the future, but also applied and translational research, solving the problems of today. It also directly responds to the Trustees' strategic priority on strengthening the University's research enterprise and growing its portfolio substantially. And, it supports Governor Baker's recently released economic strategy ("Opportunities for All") which calls on the UMass system to serve as "regional stewards of research, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development".

The S&T Fund is a tool to catalyze research collaborations among the UMass campuses and with other partners to create impact and economic engagement. It provides resources to support well-established faculty who have a proven track record of securing external funding and who are positioned to attract major research and development funding opportunities for the University as part of an overall strategy to grow and strengthen the University's R&D enterprises. The intent of the program is to focus on areas of strategic importance to campus research and to to the state and its Innovation Economy (e.g., clean energy, life sciences, digital healthcare, medical devices, the Internet of things, "big data," cyber security, advanced manufacturing, robotics, marine technology, and the like).

To apply for the 2017 Science and Technology award, please note the following internal deadlines:

Please see the 2017 Science and Technology Announcement for criteria and guidelines.

UMCCTS Life Sciences Moment Fund

As in the past, the S&T Initiatives Fund will be coordinated with the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Life Sciences Moment Fund. Proposals for projects that are inter-campus, directed towards life sciences, and include at least one investigator from the Worcester campus may be eligible for either the S&T or Life Sciences Moment Fund.

OTCV Technology Development Fund

The purpose of the OTCV Technology Development Fund is to assist faculty and the OTCV offices with the commercial development of important technologies discovered on our campuses. The fund was initially created as part of the University's science and technology activities and as part of OTCV's desire to increase licensing income, startups, and entrepreneurism at UMass.

To date, the OTCV Technology Development Fund has funded some 82 projects with excellent results. This funding has led to a number of licenses, including Shan Lu's technology at UMass Worcester, Andrew Fischer's technology at UMW, and George Huber's technology at UMass Amherst (to Anellotech). Other results are significant increases in project funding of the order of $3 million for several technologies, six startups such as Reflectance Medical based on technology developed by Babs Soller at UMW, Anellotech based on technology developed by Huber at UMA, Endeavor Medical Technology based on technology developed by Xingwei Wang at UMass Lowell and Felsuma based on technology developed by Professors Duncan Irschick and Alfred Crosby at UMA. This includes licensing income and equity in these companies.

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