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: April 1 and October 1

Types of Tier 1 applications:

  • 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.

Applications for Tier 2, 3 & 4 are accepted on a rolling basis.

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 Awards

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