The Grants Office is located on the second floor of the Pontypool Building, at 22 Snell Street. It is just around the corner from Smith House. If you have questions about finding external funding for your research, please contact our associate director, Jamin Weeks, who will be happy to help you. If your question concerns a broader project with campus-wide impact, you will also want to contact the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

Note: While we continue to work remotely, we encourage you to reach out via Zoom, telephone or email. 


Grants Office Staff

Michael Stein

Michael Stein

Associate Director, Grants Office

Michael Stein supports academic and institutional principal investigators seeking external private foundation funding at Amherst. This work includes prospect research, proposal development, reporting, assistance navigating the internal approval process, and grant stewardship. 

Prior to joining the Grants Office team in April 2022, Michael served as a Philanthropy Officer at the Baystate Health Foundation. Before joining Baystate, he served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he was responsible for faculty and institutional private foundation funding across six Colleges of the University. Michael holds a B.A. from Wheaton College in Philosophy and Political Science, an M.A. from the New School for Social Research in Politics, and a Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts Amherst in Political Science.

Jamin Weeks

Jamin Weeks

Associate Director, Grants Office

Jamin Weeks works to secure external funding for Amherst, especially for institutional priorities in STEM (science, technology and mathematics). He supports faculty grantseeking with a focus on the sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. Jamin helps faculty in those and related disciplines identify likely funding sources and grant programs, and assists with proposal development, reporting, and the internal approval process.

Prior to joining the Grants Office team in the beginning of 2022, Jamin performed a similar role at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he managed the proposal process for the College of Science and Mathematics as well as their School for the Environment. Jamin also has worked in central-office post-award research administration at Tufts University and Florida State University.

Jamin had earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and also is a Certified Research Administrator. A native of Florida, Jamin is a graduate of Florida State University and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in both Accounting and Management.

Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson

Academic Department Coordinator

Pontypool
As the Assistant for the Grants Office, Danielle supports the grant submission process and helps to ensure the efficient and smooth operations of the Grants team through research, information management, and other assistance. 
 
Danielle joined the team from Snow Farm: the New England Craft Program, where she directed residential craft programming, retreats and residencies, and the Museum of Science, Boston, where she coordinated travelling exhibitions at museums across the country. In addition to educational project and program management, Danielle has held several key positions within development and grants management at organizations such as Artists For Humanity, RISD, the Treehouse Foundation and the LEF Foundation. She is a graduate of Skidmore College with a B.S. in studio arts, and a postgraduate certificate from the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy.

Grant Administration

The Controller's Office serves as the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for federal grants and handles post-award grant administration.

Amherst's Senior Research Administrator, Darlene Sliwa, is responsible for post-award grant compliance, including approving expenditures, time and effort reporting, and financial reporting to funders. The Senior Research Administrator can assist with budget monitoring and planning and the interpretation of federal grant guidelines. 

Stephen M. Nigro

Controller

College Hall