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Grants for COVID-19 Responsive Research

The Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development has committed funds to support research related to COVID-19.

Open Call April 6—June 5: Call for proposals for research partnerships leading to understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic

Starting April 6, 2020, we will accept collaborative proposals for projects that will lead to a better understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, virus transmission, infection prevention, approaches to treating and mitigating the spread of the disease, its social, psychological, and/or economic consequences, and possible interventions associated with its impact.  Researchers are strongly encouraged to repurpose/augment existing research and develop novel partnerships to leverage complementary expertise (e.g., materials engineer + virologist + clinical nurse = new forms of PPEs). Projects that will likely lead to external funding are strongly encouraged.

During this time of on-campus research hibernation, investigators are strongly encouraged to identify researchers with complementary expertise to develop project ideas responsive to this call.  We strongly encourage you to reach out to anne_maglia@uml.edu to help identify potential collaborators. Additional resources available to find collaborators include:

To apply for these funds (after April 5, 2020), please submit a write-up of no more than 3 pages with the following: names of project team members, outline of proposed project, amount of funds requested, proposed use of funds, justification of need for immediate funds, and anticipated outcomes, through the Research and Innovation Opportunities Portal no later than midnight June 5, 2020. Note: applicant and co-applicant summer salary and additional compensation are not allowable.

UMass Lowell embraces and celebrates diversity in all its forms and encourages all individuals, especially those from populations typically underrepresented in academia, to apply for this fund.

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.

Proposals that involve collaborations across multiple colleges/schools are particularly encouraged to apply. The budget for submitted proposals should not exceed $10,000.

Deadline: typically in early February. Apply when available through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.

Idea Leadership Fund

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: typically in early February. Apply when available through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.

Team Proposal Development Fund

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: Applications will be reviewed as received. Apply now through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.

Travel Award to Visit Funding Agencies

The goal of this award is to provide the opportunity for faculty to meet with program officers from federal agencies to discuss proposals and to attend agency organized or sponsored grants conferences.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as received. Apply now through our Research & Innovation Opportunities Portal.

UMass System - Sponsored Opportunities

UMCCTS Life Sciences Moment Fund

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: typically in early January. Apply when available through the UMass Medical School Portal.