Stage of Research
The University of Maryland engages in strategic partnerships with a variety of external organizations. Research and innovation generated through partnerships between academia, industry and government can help solve national and international challenges and spur economic development.
The strategic plan sets forth a vision of the University as an institution unmatched in its capacity to attract talent, address the most important issues of our time, and produce the leaders of tomorrow. An important aspect of this is the development and advancement of research and innovation.
Submitting proposals, conducting research, and administrating sponsored projects involves many different people and units throughout the University of Maryland campus. While there may be some minor variations in processes from department to department and college to college, this page outlines the general process and identifies the appropriate party that has primary responsibility for different activities throughout the life cycle of a sponsored award.
The Expertise@MD database assists UM faculty and staff identify faculty expertise for research and scholarly collaboration. This search index was created primarily by indexing many recent papers written by faculty members. Additionally, some database fields from FAR were indexed.
Search existing intellectual property held by the University of Maryland to find others working on similar research or to identify areas where further research is warranted. Use this information to assess the merit of your research idea.
Reliable and secure data center facilities are available for IT hardware colocation use by college and departmental IT units and researchers. Equipment owners provide their own technical support. Accommodations are made for both remote and physical access to equipment.
Need a customized hardware, software, storage and backup, or online solution for your research project? Speak with one of our IT professionals to set you on the right path toward maximizing your resources and utilizing the IT infrastructure that the University offers. We can help you develop a plan for your proposal, estimate costs for budgets, plan for data access and security concerns, and connect you with the resources you need to complete your research.
Our professionals provide expert guidance, project consultation, and technical assistance on various aspects of data curation, especially creating and disseminating open data, code, and other research products. You can consult us about data governance issues, documentation and metadata, data sharing and publishing, long-term archiving, and related topics. In some cases, we can perform pre-dissemination cleaning, transformation, and integration. In addition, we can help with data management or data sharing plans for funding agencies and journals.
Statistical consulting is free to all members of the UMD research community (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff), in all departments and disciplines. Research is increasingly data-driven, and we are available to answer your statistics and analysis questions through email or an in-person consultation. We currently specialize in SAS, SPSS, R, and can also provide support on Survey Design and Analysis.
Need to include infrastructure information about UMD storage architecture in your research proposal? Find out more about the resources available to University researchers.
Subject Specialist Librarians can help by providing one-on-one research assistance, purchasing materials (including data) in your discipline, answering questions about publishing and copyright issues, and identifying gaps in the literature when you're planning a research project, and navigating library resources. Visit the Meet Your Librarian page to find out more about your librarian and request an appointment.
The Research Commons brings together library services and spaces for faculty, graduate students, and researchers. The RC will connect you with the resources you need, by putting you in touch with your subject specialist librarian and also through research workshops, statistical consulting, and events featuring campus researchers.
The University of Maryland has a variety of state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories across campus. Find out more about these facilities and how you can use them in your research.
The John and Stella Graves Makerspace is a center where the UMD community can use technology and tools to create prototypes, experiment and learn. Try new equipment and experiment with all sorts of materials on your own, or attend a workshop. Equipment includes 3D printers, virtual and augmented reality devices, and is available to check out. Guest lectures can also be prepared for classes.
Core facilities are shared services and laboratories available to researchers at the University of Maryland. Some of these facilities are institutional research cores and are available on a fee-for-service basis to UM investigators. Other core facilities are supported by individual departments, specific grants or groups of investigators, and may also be available on a fee-for-service or collaborative basis.
Identify institutes and centers on campus that conduct work in key areas such as advanced computing, energy, engineering, environment and the climate, health and biomedical research, information, data and digital humanities, international studies, language, physical sciences, politics, security and defense.
The Certificate Program consists of two learning tracks, a beginner track designed for early-to-mid career research administrators and follows the lifecycle of a sponsored project from proposal development through closeout and an advanced track intended to give a deeper understanding of contract and grant administration. Topics include intro to sponsored research at the University of Maryland College Park, developing and submitting the proposal, establishing an award, project management I and II, closeout and beyond and beginner track capstone.
Subawards funded by an outside sponsor and performed under a proposal submitted by UMD are governed by ORA procedures published in the Subcontracting Manual. This page describes the procedures and provides forms and resources for requesting, monitoring, and closing out subawards issued in support of research, development, and training. For subaward forms and sample budgets and invoices, click on the See Also link below.
Citation managers (e.g. EndNote Web, Zotero, etc.) help researchers keep track of their references for dissertations, journal articles, or any other writing needs. The software also facilitates the downloading of citations and content directly from online databases. The tools help researchers create citations and bibliographies, then easily format them in a wide variety of styles.
The OMB Uniform Guidance is a set of regulations that impact the proposals you develop for federal funding, the way grants and contracts are managed, and the cost principles that guide research at the University of Maryland College Park.
The IACUC reviews the use of animals in research, testing and teaching to ensure the humane and ethical use of animals, and compliance with federal laws and their associated regulations, policies and guidelines.Researchers must have IACUC approval to conduct research that involves vertebrate animals.
UMD policy on sponsored research agreements supports the dissemination of research results. The University System of Maryland does not enter into agreements to carry out research if the grant, contract, or other award instrument restrains the freedom of the University and its faculty to disclose the existence of the grant or contract, the general nature of the inquiry to be conducted, or the identity of the sponsor. The University reserves, for its faculty, the right to publish the results of the research without the prior approval of the sponsor.
UMD has a mission of promoting academic freedom and sharing of information to the greatest extent possible. However, in some cases, UMD researchers may create or have access to sensitive technologies that are controlled by US export laws. Researchers and administrators dealing in sensitive technologies need to be mindful of the legal restrictions including the significant personal liability associated with handling sensitive technologies. It is the primary goal of the Export Compliance Office (ECO) to protect our researchers and support research advancement by providing the least burdensome approach to complying with US export laws.
The Department of Environmental Safety (DES) ensures the safety of research at the University by aiding researchers in assessing and planning for hazards and risks, implementing controls for safety, and completing safety training. Researchers working with chemical or biological materials, radiation, environmental hazards, fire, boats, and researchers with specialized laboratory requirements should contact DES to prepare for research needs.
Researchers should be familiar with several key University Policies, including: Policy on Intellectual Property and Classified and Proprietary Work, Policy on Conflict of Interest, Export Control, roles and responsibilities, financial transactions and reporting, responsible contracting.