UMB-UMBC Research and Innovation Partnership Seed Grant Program

TO:  All Full-time, Tenure-Track Faculty

FROM: Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

I am delighted to announce a new joint UMBC-UMB Research and Innovation Partnership Seed Grant Program. This research initiative has been developed in close collaboration with our UMB colleagues with the goal of establishing, enhancing and promoting long-term research partnerships between faculty at UMBC and UMB.

The UMBC-UMB Research and Innovation Partnership Seed Grant Program provides research funding of up to $75,000 to be expended over a period of twelve months. All proposals submitted to this program must include at least one PI from UMBC and one from UMB. All areas of research will be considered for funding and all full-time tenure-track faculty members having primary academic appointments in any of UMBC’s and UMB’s colleges or schools are eligible to apply.

The request for proposals is below. To be considered for the seed grant opportunity, a proposal meeting the attached guidelines must be submitted no later than March 1, 2013.  Proposals should address the merits of the proposed research and identify and justify external funding sources that would be receptive of a full proposal that contains preliminary results obtained.

Additional information about the program and instructions for the application process are included in the attached announcement. Applications are due by March 1, 2013. Any questions from the UMBC faculty regarding the application guidelines should be addressed to Vice Provost Moreira via e-mail at moreira@umbc.edu.

RRP: UMBC-UMB Research and Innovation Partnership Seed Grant Program

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Baltimore (UMB) campuses are pleased to announce a new joint Research and Innovation Partnership Seed Grant Program for 2013.  The intent of this new initiative is to promote the structured collaboration between UMBC and UMB and to advance the institutions’ joint goals in research and innovation. Proposals submitted to this program must include at least one PI from each institution.

Our new UMB-UMBC Research and Innovation Partnership Seed Grant Program will:

  • Foster creative teams of investigators working across disciplinary boundaries and campuses;
  • Support new research foci to pursue future health care improvements and/or technologies; and
  • Stimulate submission of innovative research proposals to federal, public or private funding agencies.

All areas of research will be considered for funding. Projects that promote and further our collaborative interests will be given preference in this year’s review. For example, one area of interest is collaborations in visualization and imaging that use tools such as fMRI thus leveraging the joint UMB/UMBC fMRI facility.

To be considered for the seed grant opportunity, a proposal meeting the attached guidelines must be submitted no later than March 1, 2013.  Proposals should address the merits of the proposed research and identify and justify NIH, NSF or other funding programs that would be receptive of a full proposal that contains preliminary results obtained. Further details are in the attached Appendix.

It is anticipated that multiple awards will be made. The final number of awards will depend on the quantity and quality of proposals received, as well as their proposed budgets. The program will have significant financial support from many sources. The maximum per grant award is $75,000. Indirect costs are not to be included in the proposal budget.

Individual investigators may submit multiple proposals but can participate as a PI on only one awarded proposal. The top-ranked proposal after peer review will be the one eligible for funding. Investigators can serve as collaborators on an unlimited number of proposals.

If you have detailed questions regarding application guidelines, please contact Sue Hobbs, UMSOM, SHobbs@som.umaryland.edu  or Antonio Moreira, UMBC, moreira@umbc.edu. Proposals must be submitted to partnershipprogram.umbc.edu as a combined pdf file prior to 5:00 PM EST March 1, 2013.