Faculty Incentive Program


Guidelines for all 4 spokes of the Faculty Incentive Program can be found here: Guidelines.pdf


Please note that a cost share is required for each tier program. Meeting with the Research Development Office is highly encouraged for all of the Faculty Incentive Program tiers.
Applications for all Tier programs are accepted via the UMD Limited Submission Portal (Tier specific forms can be found on the right hand side of the competition profile window (under “Competition Files”).

Tier 1 – Proof of Concept/Enabling Seed Grants – Applications are accepted twice per year: June 1 and December 1.

  • Proof of Concept seed grants - typically for individual faculty or multidisciplinary teams of faculty pursuing new research directions;
  • Enabling seed grants which support scholarship in fields where external funding is scarce; the expectation is that this funding will lead to a seminal publication or monograph.

Tier 2 – Proposal Development – incentive support is available to faculty who are actively pursuing the development of externally‐funded research programs which will contribute to the university’s overall impact and reputation. These programs are typically large, multidisciplinary, highly visible and highly impactful.

Tier 3 – University Wide Initiatives Support – incentive support is available for the development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives, institutes, centers or themes that will position the university to become a national leader in an emerging or sustained area of research. These areas typically respond to a national or societal need. Meeting with the DRO is mandatory for Tier 3.

Tier 4 – Operating Support (formerly Tier 2 Annual Operating) - support is provided to faculty who have successfully pursued the development of externally‐funded large research centers/programs whose establishment improves the university’s overall impact and reputation. These centers/programs are typically large, multidisciplinary, highly visible, multi-year, and highly impactful.                                                                                                                                                                          Operating support is intended for new centers/programs, to build an infrastructure in the early, critical years. This funding is particularly appropriate when grant funding is not available to cover certain operational expenses. Application for these funds should be requested prior to proposal submission for approval but are only awarded if the proposal is successful.

Please note that the Division of Research is currently reviewing its tier 3 and tier 4 faculty incentive programs.   If you are interested in applying for a tier 3 or tier 4 award, please first contact Eric Chapman at echapman@umd.edu or 5-7136.

For questions regarding the faculty incentive program, please contact:

Eric Chapman, Assistant Vice President, Research Development Office.
(301) 405-7136 | echapman@umd.edu


Tier 1 Previous Awards

Tier 1 Winners


Tier 1 Winners


  • Mayron Tsong (Music)
    Title: CD Recording of Solo Piano Music
  • Dina Borzekowski (Behavioral & Community Health)
    Title: Examining Akili and Me’s Impact on the Education and Health of Rwandan Children
  • Lea Johnson (Plant Science & Landscape Architecture)
    Title: Network and Synthesis for Urban Forest Sustainability
  • Carlos Machado (Biology)
    Title: Uncovering the genetic basis of parthenocarpy: how can plants produce fruits without pollination?
  • Amy Karlsson (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
    Title: Isolation and affinity maturation of antibody fragments that bind survivin
  • Craig Fryer (Behavioral & Community Health)
    Title: "Smoke what?": Examining the smoking identity of black youth in young adults
  • Debabrata Biswas (Animal and Avian Science)
    Title: Enhancing the Therapeutic Role of Bacteriophage-resilient Lactobacillus Casei through Overexpression of Linoleate Isomerase
  • Nancy Gallagher (School of Public Policy)
    Title: Promoting Space Security and Sustainability with a Crowd-sourced Space Object Database
  • Sean Downey (Anthropology)
    Title: Analyzing the Emergence of a Complex Swidden Management System in the Toledo District, Belize
  • Mary A. Garza and Lesliam Quiros Alcala (Behavioral and Community Health)
    Title: Latino Employees at UMD: Assessing their Health Needs to Promote Health and Well-being


  • Matthew Frisch (Philosophy)
    Title: Climate Models, Uncertainty, and Public Policy
  • Siba Samal (Veterinary Medicine)
    Title: Development of Norovirus Vaccines Using Rotavirus and Reovirus Expression Vectors
  • Giuliano Scarcelli (Bioengineering)
    Title: Deep-tissue Imaging Using Incoherent Intensity Correlations
  • Patrick Kanold (Biology) and Yiannis Aliomonos (Computer Science)
    Title: Towards Integrated Animal VR for Brain Sciences: The Learning Cave
  • Ross Miller, Jae Shim, (Kinesiology) and David Klossner (Athletics)
    Title: The Elite Athlete as a Model for the Impact of Mechanical Loading on Human Knee Joint Health
  • Rebecca Silverman (Education)
    Title: Research-Practice Partnerships in Language and Literacy
  • Fatemeh Keshavarz (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
    Title: The Persian Digital Library Pilot Program


  • Jane Hirshberg (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)
    Title: Engaging the 5-Mile Radius: Learning about Hispanic Cultures
  • Jorge Bravo (Classics)
    Title: Archaeological Investigations as Kenchreai, the Eastern Port of Ancient Corinth in Greece
  • Silvina Matysiak (IREAP)
    Title: The Role of the Environment in Protein Folding
  • Erich Sommerfeldt (Communications)
    Title: Emergent Approaches to Communication Strategy for Development Agents in Authoritarian Environments
  • Yasmeen Faroqi Shah, L. Robert Sleve and Donald Bolger (Hearing & Speech Sciences/Human Development and Quantitative Methodology/Pyschology)
    Title: Cognitive, Neural and Lifestyle Predictors of Language Training Outcomes
  • Eric Montgomery (IREAP)
    Title: Photocathode Innovation: From Black Art to Big Science
  • Linda Mabb (Music)
    Title: Pilot Study: Temporomandibular Muscle and Joint Disorder (TMJD) in Classical Singers
  • Carl Lejuez (Psychology)
    Title: Testing of Virtual Reality Technology in the Treatment of Substance Use in a Population of Offenders in the Age of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Joint Collaborate Effort between ISGR and CAPER


  • Brian Beaudoin (IREAP)
    Title: Tunable Soliton Trains
  • Jeanne E. Bilanin (IGSR)
    Title: Collaborative Effort between IGSR and UMIACS to Pilot an Innovative Method of Analyzing Data on Substance Abuse Treatment Clients
  • Lisa Taneyhill (ANSC)
    Title: Alpha-N-Catenin Function in Mammalian Neural Crest Cell Development
  • Patrick Kanold, Wolfgang Losert (Biology/IREAP)
    Title: Collective Neuronal Dyb=namics of Awake Behaving Animals
  • Steven Jay (Bioengineering)
    Title: Harnessing Extracellular Vesicle Nanobiotechnology for Therapeutic Delivery
  • Alexa Bely (Biology)
    Title: Developing Gene Knockdown Techniques in Naid Annelids, New Models for Understanding the Evolution of Regeneration
  • Stephen A. Brighton (Anthropology)
    Title: Material Conditions of Early Modern Irish Society between 1750 and 1922
  • Avis H. Cohen (Biology/Institute for Systems Research)
    Title: Spinal Cord Regeneration as Studied through Changes in Mechano-Structural Changes Occurring During and After Injury
  • Michelle Espino, Colleen O’Neal (Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education)
    Title: The Impact of the Maryland Dream Act on University Policies, Support Services, and the Academic Success of Undocumented Latino Students
  • Rami Kishek (IREAP)
    Title: Proof-of-Concept Study to Push Forward a New Approach for the Analytical Understanding of Multipactor


  • Melanie Killen (Human Development and Quantitative Methodology)
    Title: Social Exclusion in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Shuo Chen (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
    Title: Modeling Brain Structure – fMRI
  • Christopher Jewell (Bioengineering)
    Title: Multilayer Film Vaccines Composed of Multiple Antigenic Peptides
  • R. Newman, Y. Huang, M. Goupell (HESP)
    Title: The Development of Language Comprehension in Simulated Cochlear Implant Speech
  • Lourdes Salamanca-Riba (Material Science and Engineering)
    Title: Study in Covetics
  • Yanjin Zhang (Veterinary Medicine)
    Title: Enhancer for Protective Immune Response
  • Wen-Hsing Chen (Nutrition and Food Sciences)
    Title: Senes as a Target of Selenium Chemoprevention in Precancerous Colon
  • Marie Howland (Urban Studies & Planning) and Scott Dempwolf (Urban Studies & Planning)
    Title: UMD-Morgan State Center for Economic Development, a U.S. EDA University Center
  • Psyche Williams-Forson (American Studies)
    Title: Exploring Food Culture in a Rural Virginia Town
  • Joshua Shannon (Art History & Archaeology)
    Title: The Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity, Proof-of-Concept, Type A
  • Thomas Carlson (Psychology)
    Title: Top Down Processing Effects on Brain Representations
  • Daniel Butts (Biology)
    Title: Visual Cortical Processing of High-And-Low Vision during Natural Viewing
  • Benjamin Shapiro (Bioengineering)
    Title: Magnetically Delivering Therapies to Inner Ear Diseases
  • Sara Via (Biology)
    Title: The Genomic Basis of Speciation in Action
  • Amitabh Varshney (Computer Science)
    Title: Directed Self-Organization in Multi-Robot Environments (Robotics Center) and Semantics Active Vision and Manipulation (ENME support)
  • Raymond Adomaitis (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
    Title: Atomic Layer Deposition to Enable the Production Optimization and Protection of Valuable Spaceflight Hardware
  • Thomas Murphy (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
    Title: Research on Fabrication and Characterization of Nano-Porous Silicon


  • Richard Yi (Psychology)
    Title: Influence of Reinforcement Schedules on Intertemporal Decision Making for R01 NIH grant application
  • Leigh Wilson Smiley (Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies)
    Title: VADA: Visual Accent and Dialect Archive
  • Sergei Sukharey (Biology)
    Title: Mechanosensitive Channel as a Sensor of Drug Insertion and Permeation Through the Bacterial Membrane
  • Zhengguo Xiao (Animal & Avian Sciences)
    Title: Regulation of Immunity by Nicotine CD8 T Cell RO1 application
  • Jane Clark (Kinesiology)
    Title: Enhancement of Inter-departmental Research and Teaching Capabilities - Existing Motion Capture Analysis System (Vicon)
  • Thomas Castonguay (Nutrition & Food Science)
    Title: Fructose Consumption and Its Effects on the Brain's Appetite-Regulating Mechanisms


  • Douglas Reside (MITH)
    Title: Documentation and Preservation of Dance Workshops
  • John Ondov (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
    Title: Nuclear Forensics Center for White Papers and Proposal Submission to DTRA and DoD
  • Daniel Gruner (Entomology)
    Title: Sensitivity of Coastal Zone Ecosystems to Climate Change
  • David Segal (Sociology)
    Title: Development of National Longitudinal Research Program on Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families
  • David K. Y. Lei (Nutrition and Food Science
    Title: Electronic Intervention (EI) to Improve Weight and Health Behaviors in College Students for USDA NIFA Obesity Program Funding
  • Ruth Zambrana (Women’s Studies)
    Title: Stress for Success: A Study of Underrepresented Minority (URM) Faculty in US Research Universities
  • Richard Price (History)
    Title: Making a Liberal Empire: Britain c.1920 (History)
    Title: Making a Liberal Empire: Britain c. 1820 - c. 1860 Book Study
  • Ira Berlin (History)
    Title: Center for the History of the New Americas - Center to Promote the Teaching and Research of the History of Immigration from a Global Perspective
  • Reza Ghodssi (ISR)
    Title: Maryland Robotics Center


  • Jens Herberholz (Psychology)
    Title: Effects of alcohol on neural circuitry modified by social experience for R01/R21 - National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) proposal
  • Daniel Corstange (Government & Public Policy)
    Title: Partisans or Process: Effects of international interventions in fragile elections with preliminary tests in Lebanon
  • Robert Levine (English)
    Title: Center for Literary and Comparative Studies Support "Race, Transnationalism, and Literary and Comparative Studies" Conference, Publications, and NEH Summer Seminars
  • Karen Bradley (Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies) and Leslie Felbain (Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies)
    Title: Community Dance Practices in the United States for Support of Website, Symposiums, Publications, and Potential Research
  • Seung-Kyung Kim (Women’s Studies)
    Title: Making of Multicultural Communities: Work, Family, and Migration in South Korea and the U.S.
  • Izumi Ashizawa (Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies)
    Title: Creative Minds of Iranian Female Theatre Artists: Reconstruction of the Frame without Breaking the Frame



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