Research Center and Institute Guidelines

2014 Deadlines

June 19 - Deadline to submit annual reports for ALL existing research centers. Please email your report to Amber_Squires@uml.edu.

June 19 - Deadline to submit a proposal for a new center or institute.

Research Center and Institute Guidelines

Research Center Mission 
Research Centers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell further the mission of the University and advance the research objectives set forth in the strategic plan- UMass Lowell 2020. The Research Centers differ from one another in focus, scope, and staffing, but each contribute in unique ways to the common goals of expanding knowledge, generating new discoveries, and/or having a positive impact on society through informing policy and systemic change. Communities of researchers and staff in Research Centers provide a stimulating environment that encourages early researchers and challenges the experienced researcher. Research Centers also contribute to the education and training of the researchers of the future by serving as learning environments for students. Interdisciplinary collaborations are promoted by the Research Centers both within the University and among institutions external to UMass Lowell.

Research Center Guidelines (pdf)


Research Institute Mission 
Research Institutes at the University of Massachusetts Lowell further the mission of the University and advance the research objectives set forth in the strategic plan- UMass Lowell 2020. A Research Institute has a long term relationship with one or more universities or collaborating institutions external to UMass Lowell. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or equivalent is required with each collaborating university or institution. Research Institutes differ from Research Centers and from one another in focus, scope, and staffing, but each contribute in unique ways to the common goals of expanding knowledge, generating new discoveries, and/or having a positive impact on society through informing policy and systemic change. Communities of researchers from UMass Lowell and from collaborating Universities and other institutions, provide a stimulating environment that encourages early researchers and challenges the experienced researcher. Research Institutes also contribute to the education and training of the researchers of the future by serving as learning environments for students. 

Research Institute Guidelines (pdf)


Annual Reports: Research Center and Institute

All Research Centers and Institutes are required to submit an annual report (June 1- May 31). The annual report must be submitted by June 15 each year to the Academic Dean of the appropriate Colleges/ Schools with a copy sent to the Vice Provost for Research. The annual report will be reviewed by the Academic Deans and the Vice Provost for Research. Research Centers and Institutes will be reviewed by the Research Center and Institute Advisory Committee every three years once the designation of Research Center/Institute is formally approved. New Centers/Institutes may be asked to undergo full review in 1 or 2 years. 

Three-Year Review: Existing Research Centers and Institutes
All Research Centers and Institutes will be reviewed by the Research Center and Institute Advisory Committee, Academic Dean, and the Vice Provost for Research every three years. The annual reports for the previous three years will be reviewed. Please see guidelines for detailed information on the three year review process.