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Internal Funding Opportunities

The following program have open calls for proposals:

    • The CENTRE funding is an initiative of the Alex. Brown Center for Entrepreneurship at UMBC and provides funds for research that leads to potential commercialization of a product or service. Any UMBC faculty conducting research in either technical fields (technical entrepreneurship), or social/humanities fields (social entrepreneurship) is encouraged to apply for funding. Faculty who receive funds through this initiative are encouraged to file for a patent, expected to publish their research results, and be involved in commercializing the research outcomes. CENTRE funding prepares faculty for TEDCO MII funding (State of Maryland), Catalyst Funds, or possible awards from NEA, NSF, NIH, etc. Interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g. from humanities and technology) with faculty from different UMBC departments are strongly encouraged.
    • Award Size: up to $15,000
    • Due April 1, 2020
    • Contact Vivian Armor, Director of the Alex. Brown Center of Entrepreneurship ( and Professor George Karabatis ( with any questions
  • The Eileen and Jerry Carroll Faculty Research Fund
    • This fund is intended “to support faculty in cross-disciplinary research and creative achievement that encourages civic engagement. Faculty from any discipline will be eligible, and special consideration will be given to projects that encourage collaboration with faculty from other disciplines, departments, and/or colleges at UMBC or across the University System of Maryland. Projects funded will support research, scholarship, and creative activity conducted by faculty. Funds can be directed to research-related travel expenses, materials, and other activities not easily funded via existing institutional resources.”
    • Award Size: up to $2,000
    • Due Monday, April 6, 2020
    • Contact Associate Dean Preminda Jacob at with any questions

The programs below do not have open calls for proposals, but some may be repeated again in the future:

  • UMBC Strategic Awards for Research Transitions (START)
    • Supports full-time, PI-eligible members of the UMBC faculty to advance their scholarly and research endeavors, to compete more effectively for external support and to pursue new areas of inquiry.
    • Members of the faculty who have received prior START support are ineligible to apply for three years after the end date of the prior grant.
    • Award Size: up to $25,000
    • Due Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • UMBC Summer Research Faculty Fellowship (SURFF)
    • Supports non-tenured, tenure-track UMBC faculty pursuing research and scholarly projects during the summer, including projects in all departments.
    • Award Size: up to $6,000
    • Due Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Grant Program
    UMBC is pleased to announce this joint funding opportunity in partnership with the University of Maryland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). The Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Grant Program provides starter funds for projects specifically focused on innovative, translational research that involves faculty from the UMB Schools, UMBC, and collaborative partners.

    • Notice of Intent (NOI) is due Monday, December 2, 2019 by 5:00 pm. This consists only of the name of the UMBC and UMB collaborators. Submit at
    • A Letter of Intent (LOI) is due on Monday, December 23, 2019 by 5:00 pm
    • The Application Deadline is Monday, January 6, 2020 by 5:00 pm
    • Budget – up to $50,000 in direct cost.
    • The Funding Period will be for 12 months from May 1, 2020 to April 31, 2021
      • Awardees will be announced in April 2020
      • No-cost extensions or carry-overs are not permitted.
    • UMBC applicants must have a UMB Co-PI collaborator
    • For more information on UMBC’s ICTR Core on Cybersecurity and AI, see here.
    • For further details on this funding opportunity please see the Call for Proposals.
  • Sherman Center Faculty Research Award
    • Supports research about policies and practices that enhance the learning of young children, ages three through eight, in urban communities like Baltimore.
    • Award Size: $50,000 for 12-24 month awards; $100,000 for 25-36 month awards
    • Due January 24, 2020
    • Contact with any questions
  • UMBC Supplement for Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE)
    • Supports the inclusion of undergraduates in faculty-led research during their first four semesters at UMBC.
    • Award Size: up to $1,500
    • Deadlines follow the FWS timetable, which is managed by the FWS team (not our office)
  • UMBC Technology Catalyst Fund
    • Supports the advance of innovations originating from UMBC research to more commercially viable technologies, i.e. proof-of-concept studies, extending data collection and prototype development.
    • Award Size: up to $25,000
    • An initial draft proposal must be submitted by Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
    • The final deadline for proposal submissions is Wednesday, October 18, 2017.
  • UMB-UMBC Research and Innovation Partnership Grant Program
    • Supports creative teams of investigators working across disciplinary boundaries and institutions, new research foci and the underlying basic science to pursue future health care improvements and/or technologies; and stimulates submission of innovative basic and translational science research proposals to federal, public or private funding agencies.
    • Two Award Tracks
      • Innovation Seed Track: up to $50,000
      • Innovation Challenge Track: up to $75,000 per year for 2 years
    • Due February 15, 2017