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Research Faculty Development and Funding Opportunities

Research Faculty Development Program

The RFDP is a collaborative initiative of UMass Chan – Baystate’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Office of Research to train faculty in effective research design and grant-writing to broaden Baystate’s investigative and external funding capabilities. The RFDP takes place over twelve 2-hour sessions and combines didactic lectures, workshops, small group discussions, and a mentored pilot grant proposal. (Mentors are senior investigators from the UMMS Worcester and UMass Chan – Baystate campuses.) View a list of our current and past RFDP Scholars. To participate in the program, UMass Chan – Baystate faculty must be nominated by their Department Chair or Service Line Leader and complete an application. For more information about the RFDP, email Frank Lovelock, Senior Consultant for Physician Leadership Development and Engagement, or call 413-794-9551.

Grant Development Award Program (GDAP)

600x300 research day friedmannThe GDAP offers support to Baystate faculty to write applications for external research grants (e.g. federal or foundation). The objective is to increase the number and quality of research grant applications from Baystate Health. Applicants may request up to 20% effort for 6 months, priority assistance from our grant-writer, and $500 towards an external review prior to submission. Deadlines are rolling. For more information about the GDAP, email Paul Visintainer, PhD or call 413-794-7686. View a list of our current GDAP Award Recipients.

Research Pilot Award Program (RPAP)

The RPAP offers funding to Baystate faculty to generate pilot data to strengthen proposals for externally-sponsored research grants (e.g. federal or foundation). The objective is to generate preliminary data to increase the competitiveness of research grant applications from Baystate Health. Applicants may request up to $50,000 per year for two years. RPAP review criteria include: alignment with Baystate’s mission and/or compass points, and likelihood to lead to externally sponsored grants. Preference is given to junior investigators; and senior investigators without current external funding. Deadlines are twice per year, in June and December. For more information about the RPAP, email Paul Visintainer, PhD or call 413-794-7686. View a list of our current RPAP Award Recipients.