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Who We Are

Message from the Vice President

As one of the world’s premier research institutions, the University of Maryland strives to transform lives by discovering new knowledge and putting it to work to benefit the state, our nation, and the world.

The breadth of research across our schools and colleges is fueled by more than 4,600 faculty who are developing innovative, research-driven solutions to critically important national and international challenges.

To help accelerate our drive toward societal impact, we collaborate with fellow academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. We are an active member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and Universitas 21. The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State initiative unites the complementary research strengths of the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore to achieve significant interdisciplinary collaborations and economic impact. The combined research enterprise of the University of Maryland is home to groundbreaking discoveries that impact the lives of people in our state, nation and the world.

Our partnerships with federal agencies, national laboratories, and industry fortify our ability to conduct groundbreaking research in a multitude of fields, including: environmental adaptation and sustainability; national and global security; advanced computing, data analytics and visualization; quantum science; transportation analytics; and human health. 

We foster a comprehensive innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem to activate fearless ideas within university research, translating new knowledge into new ventures that stimulate the regional economy. Spanning more than 150 acres, the UMD Discovery District provides a hub for both university and government research and is home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, as well as the university’s Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security.

I welcome you to learn more about our quest to become a model 21st century research university, where innovation and creativity lead to high impact solutions for our global society.

Dr. Gregory F. Ball
Vice President for Research

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