Joseph P. Healey Research Grant Program


  • December 2016 Update: As the University is addressing the significant budget challenges, all internal grant programs except the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program are temporarily suspended until further notice. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Zong-Guo Xia, Vice Provost for Research & Strategic Initiatives and Dean of Graduate Studies (

Information and Application Guidelines

General Information

Funded by the Office of the President of the University of Massachusetts and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives & Dean of Graduate Studies of the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Healey Research Grant program supports research and scholarly activities of faculty and research staff members that enhance the quality of the academic and intellectual life at the university. All forms of research and scholarly activities may be funded through this research grant program. Faculty members in disciplines with external funding sources should view these funds as seed money for the initiation of new lines of research, the collection of pilot data, and publications of preliminary results that are essential to the development of a proposal for extramural support of research.

Budget Considerations of the Healey Research Grant Program

A total of $150,000 is reserved for this competition. Applicants may request up to $7,500 in grant funds for a proposal from one individual, or $12,000 for an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposal from two or more Co-PIs. Funds may be used to pay project expenses including: research assistants, technical and clerical support beyond that normally available through the applicant's department, travel, communications, and supplies. Only in unusual circumstances will the purchase of equipment be funded by this grant program. Course buyout with internal grants is no longer feasible and will not be supported.  Salaries or additional compensations for PI or Co-PIs will not be funded by this grant program. Funds can only be used to cover the expenses by and for UMass Boston faculty, research staff and students.

Who may submit a proposal

Any active UMass Boston faculty member or full-time research staff member is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. Joint interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals from a research team of two or more individuals from one or more departments/colleges/universities are strongly encouraged. An individual faculty or staff member (as PI) may receive. An individual faculty or staff member (as PI) may receive

Individuals who received a Healey Research grant during the last six years, but have not submitted a required internal report and published any books or articles in peer-reviewed journals, or submitted a proposal for external funding are no longer eligible for support under this program. Funding priorities will be given to the newly hired tenure-track assistant professors and faculty in disciplines without external sources of significant funding. Applications from those who have received significant startup packages (>$100,000) from the university during the last six years without winning any external grants will not be considered.

Submission Deadline

Applications must be submitted via email and received by the close of business day (5:00 pm EST) on Friday, February 12, 2016. Submit all materials to A confirmation message will be sent to you once your application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation message within 24 hours, please contact It is the responsibility of the individual submitting the proposal to ascertain that one complete copy of the proposal has been received for processing by the deadline.

What to Submit

In order to expedite the review of proposals, applicants are required to submit proposals in one PDF file, which must include the following components:

Review of Proposals

A committee composed of faculty and research staff in the basic sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional fields will review all proposals. The committee will make recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research & Strategic Initiatives and Dean of Graduate Studies who will make all final decisions. Grant awards will be announced by April 15, 2016.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Grant Management

All Healey research grants are administered in accordance with established university fiscal procedures and policies relating to the conduct of sponsored programs. Award accounts will be established by June 30, 2016, and project expenditures can begin on July 1, 2016. All funds must be expended by June 30, 2017. The following conditions are attached to the award and must be accepted by the recipient at the time of the grant award:

For additional information, please contact Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives & Dean of Graduate Studies at or 617-287-5608.