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Internal Funding Opportunities

The following program have open calls for proposals:

  • 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
    • Deadline: Monday April 26, 2021
    • Contact Associate Dean Preminda Jacob at with any questions
The programs listed below currently 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 Monday, March 22, 2021
  • 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. Priority will be given to faculty members who have not previously received SURFF/SFF funding.
    • Award Size: up to $6,000
    • Due Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:59pm
  • 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 25, 2020
    • Contact with any questions
  • Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Grant Program
    The University of Maryland, Baltimore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UMB ICTR) is a campus-wide clinical and translational research initiative supported by the UMB campus and the University of Maryland Medical System. The UMB ICTR provides financial support as well as infrastructure, environment, training, and work force development to invigorate, facilitate, and accelerate clinical and translational research to improve patient and community health.

    • Together with the ATIP Grant Program Co-Chairs, Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN and Peter Swaan, PhD, we are pleased to announce the fifth round of funding for the UMB ICTR Accelerated Translational Incubator Pilot (ATIP) Grant Program. The ATIP Grant program will provide starter funds for projects specifically focused on innovative, translational research that involve multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations among faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Law, and Social Work, as well as UMBC and UMB-community partnerships.
    • This request for proposals provides 12 months of funding (May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022) for three types of ATIP opportunities: The ICTR Innovative Collaboration Pilot Grant, the ICTR Community-Engaged Research Grant and the ICTR Artificial Intelligence/Cybersecurity/Machine Learning Pilot Grant.
    • Awards up to $50,000 will be supported. Funding is provided through UMB’s and Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) partnership in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, grant number 1UL1TR003098 or through the UMB and UMBC ICTR internal funding mechanisms.
      • Deadline:  To be considered for the UMB ICTR ATIP Grant Program opportunity, all proposals must be submitted electronically through the ICTR website by 5 PM EST November 13, 2020.
      • You can access the application and find out more information regarding this funding opportunity by visiting the UMB ICTR ATIP Grant Program website.
      • For questions regarding the ICTR-ATIP application guidelines, please contact
  • 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. Their deadline this year is Wednesday, September 30th. 
    • 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
  • 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