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Funding Opportunities

For a complete list of internal funding opportunities, and to apply for internal grants, please visit our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.


Internal Seed Grants

The goal of this fund is to support faculty in:

  1. developing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative efforts leading to sustainable research and scholarship;
  2. generating preliminary results and supporting innovative ideas leading to external funding and long-term success;
  3. in generating high-quality scholarship and creative works leading to external recognition and long-term success. Larger team efforts should consider the Team Proposal Development Fund and/or the IDEA Leadership Fund for support.

Deadline: January 31. Apply through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.


InterDisciplinary Exchange & Advancement Initiative (IDEA) solicits proposals from associate professors to support innovative research, scholarly, and interdisciplinary collaboration around a theme at UMass Lowell. Each IDEA proposal includes a project leader and a diverse group of faculty and other researchers from across the university (up to 6 post-doctoral participation people in addition to the project leader) who share research and/or creative activity interests and will develop a plan for research and creative activity. The collaboration may take a variety of forms such as developing a proposal for a campus research center, a proposal for a funded proposal, a performance or exhibit, a book proposal, or a new academic programmatic area. It is expected that the principal investigator and her/his collaborators will complete planning for one activity within 6 months of receiving the award and that the collaboration will result in a product within the following six months. Other products may result from the IDEA collaboration, but the project leader is required to bring one project to completion within a year. In addition, each IDEA leader will participate in leadership development provided by the Center for Women and Work.

Deadline: February 9. Apply through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.


The goal of this fund is to provide facilitator, meeting, and travel costs for teams from UMass Lowell to develop and expand multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers from other UMass campuses and universities within and beyond Massachusetts, industry partners, and non-profit organizations. These collaborations should foster sustainable research and scholarship and increased external funding for research. It is expected that each awarded collaborative team will submit a proposal for mid- or center-scale collaborative (e.g., UMass Science and Technology Initiatives Fund (President's S&T), NSF/ERC, etc.), with UMass Lowell as the lead institution, within 2 years of receiving funds.

Deadline: None. Applications will be reviewed as received. Apply through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.

UMass System-Sponsored Opportunities

CREATIVE ECONOMY and social issues research fund

The University of Massachusetts President's Office is pleased to announce the 2018 Creative Economy and Social Issues Research Fund. This year's announcement, with the attendant change in the Fund's name, heralds additional directions for the Fund. 

Originally established in 2007 to complement the President's Science and Technology Fund, then the Creative Economy Initiatives Fund sought to add the cultural and creative resources of the Commonwealth, improve the State's overall quality of life, and raise the University's level of community engagement. As its name implied, the Creative Economy Fund was oriented heavily towards the roles of arts, humanities and other "creative" disciplines. 

With the 2018 iteration of the Fund, the President's Office will be adding a new dimension to the original purpose: social issues - describing and addressing current social needs, making or re-making public policy, identifying emerging social problems of importance in the Commonwealth, the nation and the world. The contributions of the arts and humanities remain integral to the Fund, continue to be welcome and embraced and often intersect this new dimension as it is reflected in literary, performative, visual, and social media. But the President's Office also wish to invite colleagues to pursue objects that include social problems, movements, policy dilemmas, and aim - where appropriate - to include a public audience through articles in mass media as well as professional venues important to scholarship.

Creative Economy and Social Issues Fund awards will normally be made in the $10,000 - $30,000 range.



The Science and Technology Initiatives Fund (S&T) is a tool to catalyze research collaborations among 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 enterprise. The intent of the program is to focus on areas of strategic importance to campus research and 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). Key criteria also include catalyzing partnerships with other UMass campuses, other research institutions and Massachusetts industry. It is expected that the Fund's portfolio of projects will attract over time significant new investment to the University. This includes not only sponsored research awards, but also funds for infrastructure development, technology licensing, revenues from industry-related services, and philanthropy.



The University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) Life Sciences Moment Fund supports projects that are inter-campus in orientation and directed toward life sciences projects related to clinical and translational research. Current and future projects supported by this fund are envisioned to advance the therapeutic, device, intervention, etc. under study along the translational pipeline. The fund serves to spur inter-campus collaboration and strengthen the University’s research portfolio in clinical and translational research. To support this mission, projects must include at least one investigator from the UMass Worcester campus and a collaborator from at least one of the other UMass campuses. By providing seed funding to outstanding faculty members, this fund facilitates the development of faculty-to-faculty networks within the University system, thereby leveraging the considerable expertise and resources that exist on the individual campuses. It is assumed that successful projects will attract additional funding from extramural sources.

Eligibility: Projects must include at least one investigator from the UMass Worcester campus and a collaborator from at least one of the other UMass campuses.

Letter of Intent due: January 3. Apply through the UMass Medical School Portal.