UM Research and Innovation Partnership Grant Program

Find the full RFP here and the online competition here

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) campuses are pleased to co-host the joint Research and Innovation Partnership Grant Program for 2018. The intent of this initiative is to promote structured collaboration between UMCP and UMB and to advance the institutions’ joint goals in research and innovation.

Since 2008 the UM Research and Innovation Partnership Grant Program has:

  • Fostered creative teams of investigators working across disciplinary boundaries and campuses;
  • Supported new research foci and basic science tracks to pursue future health care improvements and/or technologies; and
  • Stimulated submission and funding of innovative basic and translational science research proposals to federal, public or private funding agencies.

Overall, the partnership seeks to encourage groups of faculty members from both institutions to collaborate on new avenues of research that would not otherwise be explored by any single group or to boost an existing collaboration toward a major proposal submission. Projects should further the strategic collaborative interests between the two institutions and provide a clear path toward subsequent major external funding.


This solicitation provides funding for proposals that will focus on one of several themes: Cancer; Infectious Disease; Analytics/Informatics; Medical Devices & Healthcare Technologies; Public Health; and Neuroscience. The research project must be original, creative, innovative, and be beyond the scope of a typical single research group. The research is expected to be from a project that is currently not funded by another mechanism, and is expected to lead to new external funding.

  • PUBLIC HEALTH: Healthy Aging & Youth Development
  • NEUROSCIENCE (to include addiction)

If you have any questions about how well your project fits into one of these themes, please contact Hana Kabashi ( in the Research Development Office at UMCP.


Project/Funding is anticipated to begin January 2019.

For awards up to $50,000 per year for 1 or 2 years (UM SOM PI’s cannot apply for this mechanism of award).

  • Proposals in this range should aim to stimulate innovative and collaborative ideas between faculty members at the two campuses, with a goal of preparing a joint research proposal to federal or private institutions.
    • PIs must submit a proposal related to the seed funding to a major federal funding agency by the end of the first year of funding.

For awards over $50,000 but not greater than $75,000 per year for 1 or 2 years.

  • Proposals in this range should aim to allow teams representing both campuses to further develop collaborative activities that will lead to major, highly visible research proposals to federal or private institutions.
  • Applications will be scored on likelihood that projects that will generate pilot data over a two-year period that will ensure research team is strategically positioned to acquire a significant federal funding base, such as NIH program project grants or center grants (P-series awards), cooperative agreements (U01 awards), or equivalent large awards from other federal agencies (NSF, DoD) or private institutions. (For SOM projects, PIs must commit to submitting a major multi-investigator NIH application for a P-series, U-series, or equivalent award (with greater than $3 million in direct funds) by the end of the first year of funding to receive the second year of support)

Review the complete RFP and and online competition portal for all information on eligibility, project expectations and application guidelines.


University of Maryland, College Park
Hana Kabashi, Program Officer, Research Development Office
(301) 405-4178;

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Maggie Smith, School of Medicine, Office of Research Affairs
(410) 706-5149;

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