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Internal Funding Opportunities

The following program have open calls for proposals:

  • 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 Strategic Awards for Research Transitions (START)
    • Supports UMBC faculty to advance their scholarly and research endeavors, to compete more effectively for external support and to pursue new areas of inquiry.
    • Award Size: up to $25,000
    • Due Friday, February 14, 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

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

  • 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