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.