Research Faculty Development and Funding Opportunities
Research Faculty Development Program
The RFDP is a collaborative initiative of UMMS-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-Baystate and UMMS Worcester campuses.) View a list of our current and past RFDP Scholars. To participate in the program, UMMS-Baystate faculty must be nominated by their Department Chair or Service Line Leader and complete an application. A request for applications for the 2020 RFDP will occur in the summer of 2019. For more information about the RFDP, email the Office of Faculty Affairs or call 413-794-9233.
Grant Development Award Program (GDAP)
The 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.
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.
Supporting Scholarship Among Junior Faculty
The SSJF is a funding initiative to encourage national and regional scholarly activities of junior faculty and promote academic career development. Awards cover costs related to travel, registration, and/or clinical time relief to present scholarship at professional meetings. Requests for applications occur biannually, typically in the late winter and early summer. For additional information, please call the Office of Faculty Affairs at 413-734-9551 or email Dr. Tara Catanzano, Associate Director for Academic Career Development. View a list of our SSJF Awardees.